Best Lawyers 2021

Three partners with Shanahan Law Group, PLLC have been recognized among their peers for inclusion in the 27th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. The firm’s founder, Kieran J. Shanahan, was included for Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law and Construction Law, Brandon S. Neuman was included for Commercial Litigation, and John E. Branch III was included for Litigation – Labor and Employment.

“Recognition by one’s peers is one of the highest honors a professional can receive,” said Shanahan. “Brandon, John and I are grateful that our peers in the legal field have recognized our professional accomplishments with inclusion in Best Lawyers.”

For more than three decades, recognition in Best Lawyers has been widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor. Best Lawyers’ lists are compiled by conducting exhaustive peer review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. If the votes for a lawyer are positive enough for recognition in Best Lawyers, that lawyer must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain in each edition. Lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be recognized by Best Lawyers. For more information, visit https://www.bestlawyers.com.

Kieran J. Shanahan
Kieran J. Shanahan

Kieran J. Shanahan is a former federal prosecutor and an experienced litigator with extensive trial court experience in federal and state courts around the country. He is also a Certified Mediator with substantial Alternative Dispute Resolution experience. Kieran has earned a reputation as a tenacious litigator who is willing and able to successfully tackle complex, high-stakes cases. His practice includes banking matters, business disputes, employment and construction matters, as well as class action, administrative, and federal white-collar defense matters. He also handles corporate compliance, professional licensing, and internal investigations for professionals and corporations under regulatory scrutiny. Kieran also has substantial non-litigation experience, including providing general business, corporate and banking advice to small and medium size companies. In 1989, he received the Directors Award from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and was recognized as one of the most outstanding federal prosecutors in the country. Kieran has been chosen as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers” in America by the National Trial Lawyers, is a peer selected “Best Lawyers in America” honoree, has been recognized as a North Carolina Super Lawyer, was elected to Business North Carolina Magazine’s “Legal Elite”, and has been chosen “A Leader in the Law” in North Carolina.

Brandon S. Neuman
Brandon S. Neuman

Brandon Neuman’s practice focuses on advising businesses and individuals on complex issues, ranging from strategic and risk management advice, regulatory and internal investigations, through bet-the-company litigation. He counsels clients on all aspects of business operations, regulatory compliance and complex commercial litigation. Brandon regularly serves as outside General Counsel for client institutions and businesses, where he manages a wide variety of legal matters such as internal investigations, audits, regulatory examinations, and other industry-specific matters. He also has extensive litigation experience representing clients in state and federal courts, including the North Carolina Business Court, and arbitrations, throughout the country. He has successfully handled complex commercial litigation, class actions, contract disputes, employment matters and other various technological issues facing businesses and individuals. Brandon’s clients include financial institutions, broker-dealers, investment advisors, and other industry members in matters under the jurisdiction of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Brandon has received an AV Peer Review Rating, Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory, was elected to Business North Carolina Magazine’s “Legal Elite”, has been chosen “A Leader in the Law” in North Carolina, has been recognized as a North Carolina Super Lawyer, and was given the 40 Under 40 Leadership Award in 2011 by the Triangle Business Journal.

John Branch III
John Branch III

John Branch concentrates his practice in business, employment, and constitutional law. He counsels and advocates for clients in all aspects of employment law, including preparation of employment, separation, and non-compete agreements on behalf of both businesses and executives, preparation of internal corporate employment documents, and representation in disputes involving the Fair Labor Standards Act, the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act and other federal, state, and local employment statutes and regulations. He also represents clients in business disputes involving contracts, shareholders and LLC members, fraud, unfair competition, defamation and other business-related issues, as well as advising clients on federal and state constitutional questions, developing legal theories for the application of constitutional rights, and the implications of federal and state statutes and regulations on constitutional rights. In addition to his recognition by Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers included John in its Top 100 North Carolina Super Lawyers list, Business North Carolina Magazine selected John in its 2020 “Legal Elite”, and John was previously chosen as “A Leader in the Law” by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly.