Attorney - Sam L.  Brannen, Jr.

Attorney:

Sam L. Brannen, Jr.
Attorney at Law
HBS Atlanta Office

P: 404-586-6638
F: 678-539-1582
E: sbrannen@hallboothsmith.com
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Overview

A native Georgian, Sam brings unique work and educational experiences to the Firm from his diverse litigation and transactional experience. He is an accomplished advocate well versed in representation of clients in liability litigation, state and local tax issues, government affairs, and economic development projects (including bonds, TADs, TANs, and utilities). In addition, he has provided formal training to municipal and county officials and employees. His practice has spanned from the courtrooms of Southern Georgia to the courtrooms of the District of Columbia.

Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution/Arbitration

Sam is experienced representing clients in mediation and arbitration, bringing his diverse experience to help clients achieve cost-effective resolution of matters outside of the traditional litigation realm. He is trained and registered in Georgia as a General Civil Mediator. 

Appellate

Sam represents clients in state and federal appellate courts. He is particularly knowledgeable and skilled in appellate practice, having briefed and/or argued numerous cases before state and federal appellate courts with a high level of success.

Business Litigation

Sam represents clients in business disputes at the administrative, trial, and appellate level on issues ranging from contract disputes to state and local property tax issues.

Employment

Sam represents local governments in employment disputes, including claims alleging discrimination, from the trial level to the federal appellate level. He was the principal drafter of a Petition for Writ of Certiorari in the United States Supreme Court on the issue of qualified immunity in the government employment context. He has experience representing local governments before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Further, Sam has experience assisting local governments with administration and compliance issues related to qualified retirement plans. 

Government Affairs

Sam represents clients in matters before the Georgia General Assembly, state agencies, and local governing authorities, and can assist with communicating client needs to policymakers and drafting and editing proposed legislation and regulations. 

Governmental Liability

Sam represents local governments and Constitutional Officers in all types of liability claims, both at the trial and appellate level. He has drafted numerous trial and appellate court briefs on the issue of liability under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, one of which led to a decision of first impression on whether a Sheriff acts with final policymaking authority for the county or the state in the context of an action under § 1983. He was co-drafter of a Response to a Petition for Certiorari in the United States Supreme Court on this issue. His work has also included the defense of inverse condemnation claims, eminent domain actions, zoning and land use disputes, and contracting matters.

Tax

Sam represents clients in matters relating to state and local taxes, including issues relating to sales taxes (e.g., LOST, SPLOST, HOST), ad valorem property taxes, tax refunds, transfer taxes, occupation taxes, and motor fuel taxes. Further, he has experience representing clients in matters relating to the redemption of property from tax sales. Sam has represented clients in hundreds of commercial tax appeals, including through trial where necessary.

Education

J.D., University of Georgia School of Law, 1996
M.B.A. coursework, Georgia State University, 2000-2003
B.S., Major in Psychology with minors in Political Science and Philosophy, Georgia Southern University, 1992

Admitted

State Bar of Georgia
Georgia Superior Courts
Georgia Supreme Court
Georgia Court of Appeals
U.S.D.C., S.D. Ga.
U.S.D.C., N.D. Ga.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, S.D. Ga.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, N.D. Ga.
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Cir.
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fed. Cir.

Membership

Certified Georgia Civil Mediator, November 2014
Kiwanis Club of Atlanta, Environment and Natural Resources Committee Chair, 2016
National Association of Bond lawyers, 2014-2015
Leadership DeKalb, Class of 2010
Chair (2006-07), Taxation Law Section, State Bar of Georgia

Publications

Revised and presented Occupation Taxes and Regulatory Fees publication for Georgia Municipal Association

Presentations

Georgia Department of Revenue, CAVEAT, 2017
Georgia Association of Assessing Officials, 2017
Georgia Municipal Clerks and Finance Officers Association, 2015
Georgia Association of Business Tax Officials, 2015
DeKalb Municipal Association (Legislative Update), 2015
Georgia Municipal Association City Attorney's Section, 2015
Tax Commissioners' Technology Development Council, May 2007
Georgia Association of Tax Officials, July 2005