Our firm has proudly served the community since 1987. We provide legal assistance in a wide variety of areas, including:
Litigation, Defense Work, Negotiation and Mediation, Real Estate, Home Owner Associations, Small Business Organizations, Wills and Estates, Domestic Relations, Environmental Law and Planning & Zoning.
Firm History and Background
Hamstead and Associates is a small law firm comprised of one attorney and two paralegals with separate areas of individual focus. The firm offers a unique merger of real estate law and real estate litigation knowledge and experience. It also provides a broad base of legal services to individuals and businesses. Braun Hamstead began the practice of law as a Prosecuting Attorney and as a real estate closing attorney. As Prosecuting Attorney for Jefferson County, West Virginia, he successfully prosecuted a cult for child abuse, prosecuted a defense attorney who tampered with the state's witnesses, and he was even once called upon to confront a Circuit Court Judge who improperly tampered with a grand jury.*
*State ex rel Hamstead v. Dostert, 173 W. Va. 133, 313 S.E.2d 409; 1984 LEXIS 382, involved the entry of a writ of prohibition against the circuit court judge precluding him from holding Mr. Hamstead in contempt of Court where the trial judge had exceeded the scope of his authority. "Today's case is an example of a prosecutor exercising sound professional judgment and integrity in the face of considerable personal duress," quoting concurring opinion of Justice Neely, Ibid at pg. 149; 425; 50.
Representative clients include the City of Charles Town; Liberty Insurance Underwriters; Erie Insurance; Capital Heights Town Homes; Hagerstown Kitchens, Inc.; AG-IRG of Ranson; Webber Springs HOA; West Virginia Housing Development Fund; Citizen's Fire Company; Zetts Fish Hatchery. The firm is GENERAL COUNSEL for Harpers Ferry Board of Zoning Appeals; Era Liberty Realty; First Commercial Realty, Inc., Woods Homeowners Association, Inc., Blue Ridge Acres Civic Association, HOA, Hensell Heights HOA, Orchards on the Potomac HOA, Patrick Henry Estates, Inc., KB Music Center, Inc. and it serves numerous small businesses and individual clients. Mr. Hamstead acts as TITLE INSURANCE AGENT for Old Republic National Title Insurance Co.
Meet our Attorney
Braun A. Hamstead, Esquire (Member) born in Jefferson County, West Virginia, August 20, 1948; admitted to bar, 1977, admitted to West Virginia Supreme Court, U. S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts, United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Supreme Court of Appeals. Education: West Virginia University (B.A. 1970) Post Graduate Studies Environmental Politics, Hood College Md., West Virginia University Law School (J. D. 1977). Experience: Former Prosecuting Attorney for Jefferson County, West Virginia, 1980 - 1984, has served as adjunct professor for environmental law courses, Shepherd University, has given presentations for attorneys and real estate agents at numerous accredited seminars on the subjects of environmental law, real estate agency law and planning & zoning. His prior employment includes that of an environmental sanitarian for West Virginia State Health Department and for Berkeley County Health Department and Planner for Region 9 Planning and Development Council. Mr. Hamstead brings to the trial practice a broad background, including community theater and even electrician experience. Mr. Hamstead was an undergraduate varsity tennis letterman at West Virginia University. His hobbies include weekend performances on keyboards, guitar and as a vocal musician performing with his wife, Julie, who plays violin. Mr. Hamstead may be contacted at email@example.com.