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At Houston & Alexander, you will find forty years of combined legal experience.  Call: (423) 267-6715  Email:  Web:


After attending Sewanee on an academic scholarship and completing his legal studies at The University of Texas, Bret returned to Chattanooga in 2001 to practice law at Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C., where he worked on litigation ranging from property disputes to Trade Secret Misappropriation claims.  


Bret moved to the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office in early 2005 where he served the community as the federally funded Governor's Highway Safety Office DUI Prosecutor from January 2005 to October 2007.  During his tenure as the County's DUI Prosecutor, Bret handled hundreds of DUI cases, numerous vehicular assault and vehicular homicide matters and tried more DUI cases to a Criminal Court jury than any other attorney.  


Due to his courtroom experience, Bret was hired in November 2007 to serve the United States as a federal prosecutor handling crimes - drug importation and immigration cases - arising along the international border between Arizona and Mexico.  Bret represented the United States in hundreds of immigration cases and numerous drug importation actions.  Many of Bret's drug matters involved drug quantities in excess of 10 kilograms of cocaine or methamphetamine (or more than 800 pounds of Marijuana).  Bret handled sentencing hearings for the Yuma office before eleven federal district judges at The Sandra Day O'Connor Federal Courthouse in Phoenix, Arizona.  


Bret and his family returned home to Chattanooga in 2010 where Bret handled felony cases in Hamilton County Criminal Court before being promoted to a position as the County's Gang Prosecutor.  As the Gang Prosecutor, Bret represented the State in several violent felony trials and further served as a liaison between the District Attorney's Office and other government agencies, including the Mayor's Office and federal authorities.  


During a criminal jury trial, Bret was noticed by General Counsel for Life Care Centers of America, Inc., a national skilled nursing and assisted living company with facilities in twenty-eight states.  He was hired as a supervisor in Life Care's legal department, overseeing federal regulatory issues, facility issues, contract matters as well as professional and general liability matters.  Bret attended mediations and arbitrations on behalf of the company, and he analyzed case strategies presented to the company by the myriad of outside law firms hired to represent Life Care nationwide.


Bret recently returned to Chattanooga to work with long-time friend (and previous legal adversary) Johnny Houston.  As with Bret, Johnny's practice focuses on Criminal Defense, DUI representation, and Personal Injury matters.  


Bret and his family live in the Chattanooga area where Bret enjoys mountain biking with friends and kayaking with his family.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 30%
    5 years, 300 cases
  2. Federal Crime: 25%
    2 years, 100 cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 25%
    8 years, 500 cases
  4. Nursing Home Abuse: 20%
    2 years, 250 cases



Contingent (33%), Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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  • Clancy James Covert

    Bret has a vast knowledge of criminal defense matters. His professionalism is second to none and he works vigorously on behalf of his clients for a successful outcome. It is always a pleasure to work with him and I would recommend him without hesitation.


    Clancy Covert Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Raymond Garth Best

    Mr. Alexander is a respected member of the Chattanooga legal community. We have worked on several matters over the past few years and he is a highly proficient advocate for his clients. I endorse him without hesitation!


    Raymond Best DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Houston & Alexander

3417 Dayton Boulevard


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney At LawHouston & Alexander2015 - Present
Legal CounselLife Care Legal & Risk Services, LLC2013 - 2015
Assistant District AttorneyHamilton County District Attorney2010 - 2013
Assistant U.S. AttorneyU.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona2007 - 2010
Assistant District AttorneyHamilton County District Attorney2005 - 2007
Litigation AssociateChambliss, Bahner & Stophel, PC2001 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Chattanooga Bar AssociationN/A2016 - Present
Defense Research InstituteN/A2014 - 2015
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Tennessee v. Fredrick AndersonSuccessful representation of the State's interests
State of Tennessee v. William ValentineSuccessful representation of the State's interests
State of Tennessee v. Gustus and BurressSuccessful representation of the State's interests
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of the SouthEconomics and FrenchBA - Bachelor of Arts1998