Staff Bios

CHRIS L. BRANNON

      

Chris is a member of Elder Counsel, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the State Bar of Georgia and the Atlanta Bar Association.  He currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Elder Law Section of the Atlanta Bar.  In 2012, Chris was recognized by Georgia Trend Magazine as a member of Georgia’s “Legal Elite” as one of the state’s top practitioners in the field of Elder Law.  Chris frequently speaks throughout the Atlanta area about topics related to his practice including Medicaid, Veterans Benefits, Guardianship, and Basic Estate Planning.

Prior to joining with Paul to found the Atlanta elder law practice of Brannon + Black, LLC, Chris founded the Brannon Law Firm.  Chris has also worked with Duhon & Brannon, the Pollan Law Firm, and Boling Rice, LLC. Chris has also volunteered with the Georgia Senior Legal Hotline, a division of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society.

Education:

Juris Doctor, University of Mississippi School of Law, May 2005; graduated cum laude; Notes and Comments Editor, Mississippi Law Journal

Bachelor of Business Administration, Banking and Finance, University of Georgia, May 2002

Publications:

Recent Decisions, Constitutional Law- Hate Speech- First Amendment Permits Ban on Cross Burning When Done With the Intent to Intimidate, 73 Miss. L.J. 323 (2003).

Personal:  Native of Suwanee, Georgia.  Current resident of Brookhaven (Atlanta, Georgia).

 

PAUL BLACK   

          

Paul’s experience as the son of two parents with big health challenges is what led him to the work he does today.   His mother has wrestled with Parkinson’s Disease for more than two decades.  His father suffered a major stroke in May 2001.  Paul’s active involvement in their care gives him first-hand knowledge of the challenges that many caregivers and family members face.

While attending Georgia State University College of Law, Paul gained invaluable experience interning at the two senior-oriented divisions of Atlanta Legal Aid Society, the Georgia Senior Legal Hotline and the Senior Citizens Law Project.   After graduation from GSU Law, Paul was chosen from dozens of applicants nationwide as one of three 2010-2011 Borchard Foundation on Law & Aging fellows.

 After completing his fellowship in late 2011, Paul launched his own private practice.  He joined  Chris to found Brannon+ Black in January 2014.   Today, Paul finds great satisfaction in serving clients across Georgia who need help with elder law issues (including Medicaid & Veterans Benefits eligibility issues, guardianships, conservatorships) , estate planning and administration, and special needs planning.

Education:

Juris Doctor, Georgia State University (GSU) College of Law, May 2010:  Highest honors in pro bono service; Borchard Law & Aging Fellowship recipient

Masters in Education (Social Studies), Georgia State University, August 2005, summa cum laude.  (Paul taught high school economics & political science and coached cross-country running at Chattahoochee HS (Alpharetta, GA)  for two years before law school.)

Bachelors of Arts in History, Princeton University, June 2002, cum laude 

Publications:

Reverse Mortgages and the Current Financial Crisis”, in the Spring 2012 issue of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Journal.   To view a copy of Paul’s article,  click here.

Personal:  Native of Albany, Georgia.  Current resident of Kirkwood (Atlanta, GA).

Other Interests:  Dancing (swing, Cajun, blues, contra); Cycling, Hiking, Camping, Fishing, Hunting.