Brandon is a business and transactional lawyer and chair of the Firm’s Commercial Services Group. In that capacity, he routinely structures commercial arrangements and negotiates commercial agreements on behalf of clients across a broad range of industries, including the restaurant, hospitality, grocery and manufacturing arenas.
Brandon is also a member of the Firm’s Corporate & Tax and Real Estate Groups. He has experience in commercial real estate development matters, including large development projects and commercial leasing activities. Brandon also has extensive experience in a broad array of corporate transactions occurring throughout the business life cycle, ranging from business formation, financing, strategic relationships, exit events and all of the day-to-day issues in between. He routinely serves as an extension of clients’ legal departments and in a general counsel role to clients without legal departments.
Brandon’s greatest strengths are his practical approach to problem solving and his focus on the business objectives of clients. These tools allow him to successfully craft creative solutions for clients, allowing them to make good business decisions while being cognizant of legal realities.
- Leads a team of attorneys in reviewing all forms of commercial agreements for a large, privately held grocery business
- Advises a privately held regional restaurant chain and food service business with respect to commercial contracts, leasing and development transactions and general counseling with respect to day-to-day operations
- Represents multiple commercial landlords and tenants in the negotiation of office building, warehouse and shopping center leases, and related easements, licenses and other development agreements
- Represents numerous start-up companies with respect to formation issues, strategic partnerships, private placements of convertible debt and equity, technology licensing and related matters
- Negotiates sales, mergers and other dispositions of privately held companies on behalf of buyers and sellers, including recent partnership buyout transactions in the medical field, the sale of a client’s operating division in the light industrial sector, the sale of a client’s business in the beauty industry and the sale of substantially all of the assets of a pharmaceutical company on behalf of company investors
- Represents clients in the negotiation of complex real estate development agreements, including reciprocal easements agreements, land declarations and restrictive covenant documents
- Has represented numerous public housing authorities across the country in the development of affordable housing projects, including developments that utilize low-income housing tax credits and various other federal, state and local funding sources
- Member, Allegheny County Bar Association
- Author, “You Can’t Broker Your Way Out of This One: Real Estate Broker Licensing Requirements in Modern Housing Administrations,” PAHRA Monitor, Summer 2015