• District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court - District of Columbia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Maryland
  • U.S. District Court - District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court - Maryland
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • Virginia


  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD
  • University of Maryland, BA
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Paul B. Bran


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Paul Bran focuses his practice on bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, and commercial litigation. He has represented national and regional banks and other financial institutions, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”), and RTC in their capacity as conservator and receiver of failed financial institutions, mezzanine lenders, hedge funds, unsecured creditors’ committees, trustees, creditors’ trusts, debtors, and bankruptcy asset purchasers.

Mr. Bran’s practice includes out-of-court workouts and restructurings, as well as bankruptcies, state court receiverships, related proceedings, and commercial litigation in various jurisdictions across the United States. He has a solid knowledge of post-judgment collection practices, including supplemental proceedings in aid of execution such as garnishment, attachment, judicial sale, and related proceedings.

Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights 

Mr. Bran represents a variety of clients, including a major hedge fund in the Refco bankruptcy cases in the Southern District of New York, a multinational telecommunications corporation, and a major secured creditor, in one of the largest thoroughbred horse farm bankruptcies. He has also represented licensors and purchasers in several bankruptcy cases involving the use and sale of patents, copyrights, and related federal and state intellectual property rights, and he regularly counsels clients in connection with insolvency risks associated with intellectual property licensing and cross-licensing. Additionally, he represented an incubator stage nanotechnology company as debtor in a Chapter 11 reorganization case and related litigation in Maryland.

Commercial Litigation

Mr. Bran has developed a strong background in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia real estate and landlord-tenant law by representing commercial landlords, tenants, management companies, and brokers in dozens of matters.

During law school, Mr. Bran interned as a clerk at the U.S. Claims Court (now known as the U.S. Court of Federal Claims) in Washington, D.C.; he clerked for a former Washington, D.C., white collar crime and litigation boutique; and he also clerked at a Miami, Florida, general practice firm.


  • 2012–2017, listed in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers
  • 2010–2017, listed in Best Lawyers in America©
  • 2006–2016, Bankruptcy/Restructuring Law, listed in Chambers USA
  • 2015, listed in The Wall Street Journal, Top Rated Lawyers, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore
  • 2013 & 2015, listed in Washingtonian’s Top Lawyers

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