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LeAnn Nease Brown





LeAnn Nease Brown of Chapel Hill is the new president-elect of the North Carolina Bar Association. She was elected by acclamation on Saturday morning, June 23, at the 2018 NCBA Annual Meeting in Wilmington.

Brown is a member/manager of Brown & Bunch, PLLC, which has offices in Chapel Hill and Raleigh. She will serve as president of the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Foundation in 2019-20.

Brown’s record of service within the NCBA is extensive. She has served as chair of three sections: Antitrust & Trade Regulation Law (now Antitrust & Complex Business Disputes), Zoning, Planning & Land Use, and Dispute Resolution. Brown has also served as chair of the Membership Committee, the CLE Committee, and as co-chair of the Legislative Advisory Committee. She served on the NCBA Board of Governors in 2010-13.

Brown is a three-time graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned a bachelor of arts in psychology and history in 1977, a master of science in rehabilitation counseling from the School of Medical Allied Health Sciences (1981), and a juris doctor from the UNC School of Law in 1984.

She currently serves on the N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission, and is a former board member and chair of the Dispute Settlement Center of Orange County.

Brown has also provided board leadership to numerous other organizations, including, most recently as a trustee and as chair of the North Carolina State Bar Client Security Fund, as a member of the Management Committee of USTA North Carolina and formerly as chair of its Sanction and Scheduling Committee and as a member of its Junior Competition Committee, and as a member of the Board of Home Health Foundation of Chapel Hill.

LeAnn and Gordon Brown have a blended family of five children (spouses): James Braxton “Brac” Webb, Edward Austin Webb (Mallory), Charles Mann Brown (Alyssa), Virginia Brown Mallory (Sean) and James Gordon Brown. They have two grandchildren, Sydney Brown and Hayden Brown.

Brown will serve as president-elect in 2018-19. She will be installed as the 125th president of the NCBA at the 2019 Annual Meeting in Asheville.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
UNC School of Medical Allied Health Sciences (M.S.)
UNC School of Law


Brown & Bunch PLLC
101 N Columbia St
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone: (919) 968-1111