W. Brian Howell
Brian Howell was admitted to practice law in 1969 after graduating from The University of North Carolina School of Law. Prior to the law, Brian studied Civil Engineering at North Carolina State University (BSCE, 1966).

For nearly 40 years, Brian has engaged in a varied trial practice. From 1972 through 1974, Mr. Howell served as Associate General Counsel for a large North Carolina regulated utility. While there, he was engaged in a wide variety of complex commercial and regulatory matters, including construction, regulatory, administrative, and environmental issues. Brian returned to private practice in 1975, where he focused on litigation of complex land use issues, including "right to take " issues in condemnation cases.

Since then, he has litigated numerous land use cases in a number of counties around the state as well as diverse property rights issues including zoning, annexation, and regulatory matters. Although he has represented condemning authorities in limited instances, his primary emphasis has been representation on behalf of landowners against the condemning authorities.

Mr. Howell’s civil engineering background provides a unique understanding to condemnation cases, allowing for better communication of the issues at play.
Cooper Howell
Admitted to Practice: 1998, North Carolina State Courts

Education: Wake Forest University School of Law (J.D., 1998), Wake Forest University Babcock School of Graduate Management (MBA, 1998), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.S. Business Administration, 1992)

Professional Associations: North Carolina State Bar; North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers; and the North Carolina Bar Association

Cooper graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992 with a degree in Business Administration. After working for several years in information technology, he entered Wake Forest University’s joint MBA and law program. Upon graduation in 1998, Cooper worked in Greensboro and Charlotte in the areas of tax law and mergers and acquisitions. In 2000, Cooper joined his father in the private practice of law with a concentration in eminent domain law.

Cooper’s sole emphasis in the eminent domain arena has been in representing landowners against the condemning authorities. He has litigated numerous eminent domain cases in various counties around the state. In 2003 Cooper also started providing legal services to the real estate practice of the Law Offices of Scott D. Beasley, P.A.. Cooper’s business background as well as his current real estate endeavors provide a unique advantage in the eminent domain setting.