John E. Branch

John E. Branch, III

Partner, Shanahan McDougal, PLLC

John E. Branch, III is a Partner at Shanahan McDougal, PLLC where his practice focuses on business litigation, business, and employment law.

John represents clients in complex business disputes involving sophisticated contracts, shareholders and LLC members, fraud, unfair competition, defamation, and other business-related issues. He also both counsels and advocates for clients in all aspects of employment law, including preparation of complicated 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. John routinely represents clients in the North Carolina Business Court and in all three Federal District Courts in the State of North Carolina. He has also appeared before the Supreme Court of North Carolina, the Court of Appeals of North Carolina, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

John has been recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers every year since 2010 including as a “Super Lawyer” in 2015 and 2016 and as a “Rising Star” for 2010-2014. He was also recognized as a “Leader in the Law” by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly in 2012.

In 2016, John was appointed to serve as the Chairman of the North Carolina Ethics Commission by Governor Pat McCrory. John also serves as a Council Member for the North Carolina Bar Association’s Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities Section and has been active in various chapters of the Federalist Society since he attended law school. John was a member of the Greater Raleigh Area Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Raleigh Class 28 and served on the City of Raleigh Historic Development Commission.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, John moved to Smithfield, North Carolina where he graduated high school. John completed his undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001, where he was a William R. Davie Scholar. In 2004, John received his Juris Doctorate for the UNC School of Law. While attending law school, he served as the Symposium Editor and a member of the North Carolina Law Review. After graduating from law school, John served as a law clerk to the Honorable Glen M. Williams, Senior United States District Judge for the Western District of Virginia. Prior to joining Shanahan McDougal in 2007, John was an associate at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, & Stewart, PC, a national law firm, concentrating in the area of labor and employment law.


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