History

2335dn-MFP_20140610_115036634_1Founded in 1950 by Evan S. Williams of Troy, Pennsylvania, the law firm of Brann, Williams, Caldwell & Sheetz has steadily grown through the years to its current make-up of seven attorneys. Its founder, a graduate of Cornell Law School, served in the Pennsylvania State Legislature and as Judge of the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas for 16 years. He was a sole practitioner for 15 years before he was joined in 1964 by the firm’s current senior partner, Gerald W. Brann. Mr. Brann, a graduate of Notre Dame Law School, and a native of Canton, Pennsylvania, had previously practiced in Philadelphia before forming this partnership with Judge Williams. The two-person firm concentrated their practice in the areas of real estate, tax, and estate planning and administration. Their offices were located on the second floor of a small building in downtown Troy.

In 1969, a year after Evan Williams left the firm to become President Judge of Bradford County, his son, Evan S. Williams, Jr., also a graduate of Cornell Law School, returned to Troy to practice with Mr. Brann. After one year, this two person law firm moved to its current location at 1090 West Main Street where they were joined by an experienced and well respected lawyer, Robert R. Vineski of Canton, Pennsylvania. The firm, then known as Vineski, Brann, and Williams maintained offices in both Troy and Canton, Pennsylvania.  In 1976, Harold G. Caldwell graduated from the Dickinson School of Law and joined the firm. His presence supplemented the litigation side of the practice.

In 1987, Richard D. Sheetz, a Dickinson School of Law graduate and a former defense attorney, brought additional courtroom experience to the firm by joining the practice.

In 1990, Mr. Brann’s eldest son, Matthew W. Brann, graduated from the Dickinson School of Law and returned home to join the firm after completing federal and state court clerkships. He practiced with the firm until his Federal Judgeship appointment in 2012. A few years later David J. Brann, the youngest son of the firm’s senior partner, graduated from Toledo Law School and joined the firm after clerking for Bradford County.

In 2001, Evan S. Williams III, a graduate of the Cornell Law School, returned to Troy to join the firm after practicing for five years with the firm of Gardner, Carton & Douglas (now Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP) in Chicago.

Most recently, Cassandra K. Blaney, a graduate of the Temple University, Beasley School of Law, joined the firm after working as the Managing Attorney for North Penn Legal Services in Bradford and Susquehanna counties.

Currently, composed of the two members of the Brann family, Mr. Caldwell, Mr. Sheetz, Ms. Blaney and the Williamses, the firm is the largest law firm in the northern tier of Pennsylvania east of Erie. Between its Troy and Canton offices, it employs a staff of 12 individuals from the community.

The law firm’s practice has grown to include real estate, corporate and commercial matters, personal injury, wrongful death, estate planning and administration, family law, general civil litigation and oil, gas and mineral related issues. The members of the firm have significant experience in transactional practice and dispute resolution and avoidance, and litigate in the State Courts of Bradford, Tioga, Lycoming, Wyoming, Susquehanna, Clinton and Sullivan counties, and in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.