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A People-Oriented Construction Lawyer with a Love of Research – and a Cat!

Nan Hannah discovered early in her career that construction law combined with commercial collections gave her the opportunity to assist her clients while facilitating reasonable outcomes for all parties in a matter. She combines her law practice with a love of research, volunteering in the community, traveling, cooking and being owned by her 10-pound gray tabby, Sasha.

Early Life

Following in the footsteps of her father, who was a founder of the construction law section, Nan was destined for a career in the field. A native of Greensboro, NC, Nan served a two-year stint as a research assistant at the North Carolina Supreme Court, where she gained experience in a broad spectrum of legal issues and the appellate process. Thereafter, she spent a short time practicing insurance defense, which proved an effective training ground for civil litigation. For the past 20+ years, Nan has helped clients in the construction industry with lien, bond and collection matters.

Before attending law school, Nan spent seven years teaching high school social studies while coaching basketball, track and field at Taylor High School in Katy, TX, then at James B. Hunt High School in Wilson, NC. In 1989, Nan was named girls’ basketball co-coach of the year for the Big East 3A Conference.

Points of Pride

Nan is proud to be a member of Hannah Sheridan & Cochran, LLP, and strives to be as responsive as possible to clients who have questions or concerns. She recognizes the importance of providing prompt, accurate and well-reasoned service, and makes a point of being available when clients need her.

While zealously representing her clients in efforts to recover funds owed to them, Nan believes in helping responsible debtors to structure a resolution that works for all parties. Her passion for research drives a determination to track down the hidden assets of defaulters, to ensure the best possible outcome for the client.

Since her career began in 1993, Nan’s expertise in construction law has enabled her to bring a diverse, people-focused background to the disciplines of creditors’ bankruptcy rights, contract negotiation and review and appellate advocacy. Nan is a certified mediator in the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission’s Superior Court Mediation Program.

A Volunteer’s Soul

Nan currently volunteers with the North Carolina Bar Association, the Wake County Bar Association and the Taylor Family YMCA and is an elder at White Memorial Presbyterian Church. She feels blessed to be able to serve in leadership roles in the community and has held multiple volunteer roles throughout her career. Nan enjoys the opportunity to fulfill one of the obligations of being a licensed attorney by giving back to the community and promoting the rule of law.

Personal Pleasures

Since July, Nan has served Sasha, a glamorous kitty who shares her life on Facebook. “I’m certain more people know Sasha than know me,” she says with a smile. In addition, she loves baking for others and cooks at every opportunity.

Nan has visited all 50 states and is now working on visiting as many National Park Service units as she can. With her wealth of experience and her philosophy of service, we believe our construction law clients are in good hands with Nan Hannah.


  • Washington & Lee University, Juris Doctor, 1993
  • Baylor University, M.S. in Education, 1982
  • Furman University, B.A. in Physical Education, 1981


  • North Carolina State Bar
  • United States District Court, Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • NC Construction Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Collections
  • Business Law
  • Contract Law
  • Creditors’ Rights in Bankruptcy
  • Receiverships

Professional/Community Involvement

  • North Carolina Bar Association – Member, Board of Governors (2012-15); Chair, Transitioning Lawyers Commission (2012-14), Member (2014-); Member, Lawyers in the Schools Committee; Member, CLE Committee; Member, Construction Law Section; Member, Appellate Practice Section; Member, Bankruptcy Law Section; Member, Sports & Entertainment Law Section; Past-chair, Construction Law Section; Council, Secretary and Treasurer, Construction Law Section; Chair, Lawyers in the Schools Committee; Council and Treasurer, Sports and Entertainment Law Section; Member, Communications Committee; Chair, YLD Law Week Committee; Chair, YLD Minority History Committee; Member, Long Range Planning Committee; Member, Communications Audit Committee; Member, Convention Planning Committee
  • WCBA/Tenth Judicial District Bars – Past President; Nominating Committee; Past Activities: Swearing-in Committee, Chair; Bylaws Committee; Development Committee; Badger-Iredell Foundation, Vice Chair; Wake County Justice Center Open House Committee, Tour Subcommittee Chair, Co-Chair; Strategic Plan Implementation Committee; Wake County Bar Foundation Task Force, Chair
  • Triangle Sports Commission, Board Chair
  • Taylor Family YMCA –Board of Advisors; We Build People Community Gifts Campaign; Bill Reader, YMCA Youth and Government; Retired Youth Basketball Coach
  • White Memorial Presbyterian Church – Current: Ruling Elder; Chair, Communion Guild; Vice-Chair, Worship Committee; Usher; Past: Moderator, Board of Deacons, Strategic Planning Committee, Stewardship Committee
  • Washington & Lee University – Member, Eastern North Carolina Alumni Chapter; Class Agent
  • Friends of the Town of Cary Aquatics Facility – Past Chair, Member

Speaking Engagements / Publications

  • “Psychology of Retirement” and other topics related to Transitional Lawyers Commission work
  • (New Hampshire State LAP program; NCBA Paralegal Division; NCBA Senior Lawyers Division; South Carolina Bar Association; and numerous NCBA sections, plus local bar associations)
  • Construction Law Section (various topics over the years, including Unfair & Deceptive Trade Practices; Bankruptcy and Construction Law; Psychology of Retirement)
  • Bankruptcy Section (Developer Bankruptcy Issues)
  • 2012-2013 Revisions to the North Carolina Lien/Bond Law – Chapter 44A, Articles 2 and 3 (numerous clients and groups)



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