Legal Matters

Farm Succession Planning

Land Counsel

Real Property Transactions

Solar Lease Review and Negotiation

Estate Planning and Trusts

Business Organization (Partnerships, Corporations, Limited Liability Companies)

Heir Property Partition (Land and Timber)

Heir Property Consolidation

Production Contracts

Farm Leases

Equipment Leasing

Present Use Value

Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA)

Farm Asset Protection

Conservation Easements

Organic Certification Challenge

Special Needs Trusts




Welcome to The Branan Law Firm, PLLC, thanks for visiting

Periodic Update from Andrew
  • Transitioning to Faculty Position at North Carolina State University
  • State of the Practice
So I have a bit of an announcement, one which I have been trying to contact as many people in person as possible to deliver, but there's just no time!  I have accepted an appointment with North Carolina State University, Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics, as an Assistant Extension Professor.  I'll be doing statewide legal resource publishing and presentation for Cooperative Extension, and will be teaching undergraduate courses in Agriculture Law and Environmental Law.  It's a position that fits me, and it's a good move for my family.  I will remain living in this cool town of Hillsborough.
What is happening to the law practice?  I am dramatically reducing the footprint of The Branan Law Firm, PLLC in North Carolina, and will not be accepting new clients in North Carolina except by special permission of NCSU (I will still be accepting new clients - time permitting - from Virginia and outside of North Carolina).  For current farm succession and other projects that are still in process, I am wrapping those up.  My colleague Heather Kennealy continuing her solo practice and I will continue to assist her during this transition. 
During this transtion, we can still be reached at the following emails:
Andrew Branan
Chloe Johnson
Heather Kennealy

This has been an exciting seven years in private practice, and our clients have taught me so much.  I'm hoping now to bring that experience and practical legal application new and enhanced publications on various land, title, farm succession and agribusiness law topics, and I'm very excited to be entering the classroom next Fall to teach Agriculture Law.  Be on the lookout for programs scheduled at Cooperative Extension offices around the state.

My apologies if you are a client and are hearing about this for the first time.  I've been traveling around to tell people in person, and I'm resorting to the phone in this compressed and busy season.  If you are hearing about this for the first time, please call me at 919 619 8479 (my cell) and we can discuss the transtion.


Andrew Branan

Hillsborough, NC



A Note About the illustrations on this website:  The illustrations you find on this websites are enhanced photos I've taken over the years on my travels around North Carolina and Virginia.  Photoshop does wonders with the mundane image, even one taken through a windshield.