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Brett T. Hanna

Brett T. Hanna


T (919) 755-8723
F (919) 838-3108

Brett Hanna counsels corporate clients on a broad range of commercial transactions. Brett assists clients in contract negotiation, real acquisition, land use permitting, development, sale, leasing and financing of developed and undeveloped property for regional shopping centers, utility-scale solar farms, mixed use developments and condominiums.

Brett assists clients in managing their business interests including entity formation, corporate governance, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, financing and general business matters. Brett has negotiated several multi-million dollar merger and asset purchase transactions including the purchase of a regional drug store chain by Walgreens.

Brett’s varied experience includes representing the monitor for the joint $25 billion consent judgments between the attorneys general of 49 states (every state but Oklahoma) and the District of Columbia, the federal government and five banks and mortgage servicers (Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase, the ResCap Parties and Wells Fargo) resulting from the robo-signing and mortgage servicing foreclosure crisis. The judgments lead to the first-ever nationwide reforms to the mortgage servicing industry. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau used the metrics and testing scripts Brett helped to create in the course of this representation as the template for the new mortgage servicing rules.

Prior to law school Brett served as a pilot and intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force and completed several combat missions over Iraq and Bosnia.

Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Listed Real Estate (2014-2017)
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Business Edition list, Real Estate (2014, 2015)
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Real Estate Law (2012-2018)
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Real Estate (2009, 2013, 2015, 2016)


  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 1997
  • United States Air Force Academy, B.S., 1989
  • North Carolina
  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Real Property Section
  • Wake County Bar Association
Military Service
  • U.S. Air Force

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