Attorney - Sam L.  Brannen, Jr.


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

P: 404-586-6638
F: 678-539-1582
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A native Georgian, Sam brings unique work and educational experiences to the Firm from his representation of local governments, their officers and employees, and Constitutional county officers. He has experience advising local governments of all types in matters including, but not limited to: appellate advocacy, liability, state and local taxes, government affairs, Clean Water Act issues, financing (including bonds, TADs, TANs, and utilities), retirement plan compliance, and drafting of varied local ordinances. 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.
On a personal level, Sam lives with his wife in the midtown Atlanta community. Both are involved with local civic organizations, are fans of the University of Georgia, and enjoy running. He is a past graduate of Leadership DeKalb and a current member of the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta, where he serves as Chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee. They attend church in Buckhead.

Practice Areas

Government Affairs

Sam represents local governments, Constitutional officers, and other clients in matters before the Georgia General Assembly and various state agencies, both by drafting and editing proposed legislation and providing comments to proposed regulations. He has experience serving as a registered lobbyist. He has experience filing amicus curiae briefs and pursuing intervention on behalf of clients with important interests at stake in matters pending in the state and federal appellate courts. In addition, Sam is experienced in assisting local governments in their economic development efforts through the use of tax allocation districts and authorities. Sam has represented local governments in a variety of public finance matters, working as or with issuer’s counsel, in conjunction with bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, disclosure counsel, borrower's counsel, letter of credit bank's counsel, and trustee's counsel. These public finance matters have included issuance of general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, and certificates of participation, as well as bond refundings.


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


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.


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


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


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