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Brian A. Buchanan

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Born in 1965 in Huntington, West Virginia, Brian grew up in Spruce Pine, North Carolina.  Brian's mother was a nurse and his father was a doctor in Spruce Pine who ran a clinic, worked in the hospital emergency room, made house calls to people in need. Brian often accompanied his parents when the house calls were after hours. Growing up in a home where taking care of others was so important continues to inspire Brian in his work representing injured and disabled people.

In the mid-1990's, before he began representing injured people, Brian worked for an insurance defense firm in Greensboro where he amassed considerable experience in injury litigation and wrongful death. His civil litigation experience, in both state and federal courts, includes auto and trucking accidents, negligence, premises liability, product liability, eminent domain, railroad employee injuries, construction, and business disputes. He has also presented cases before the North Carolina Supreme Court and the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Brian also devotes a considerable part of his practice to representing disabled people in hearings with the Social Security Administration.

Brian's past legal and volunteer work includes being an attorney advocate for the Mitchell County Guardian Ad Litem program from 1998-2015. Since 1995 he has been a volunteer attorney for Mitchell County Animal Rescue and he has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity in Mitchell and Yancey Counties. He has served on numerous boards including the YMCA, United Way, Spruce Pine Montessori School, and the Spruce Pine Community Hospital Ethics Committee.  He has been the Town Attorney for Bakersville, North Carolina since 1995.

Brian has a son, Jay and a daughter, Annie Jo. He and his wife Carla live in Burnsville and attend Higgins United Methodist Church.


J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 1990

B.A., Appalachian State University, 1987

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice North Carolina, 1990
U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1991
U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, 1992
U.S. Distric Court, Western District of North Carolina, 1993
Admitted to practice before the Social Security Administration
Accredited to practice before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

24th Judicial Bar Assocation

28th Judicial Bar Association

North Carolina Bar Association

American Bar Association

North Carolina Advocates for Justice

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Mr. Anderson represented my husband, Duane Carter during a recent car accident claim. We were try to get the medical bills and pain reimbursement resolved with the insurance company. They were great at keeping us current with any progress or problems that occurred during the process of our claim. The law firm of Grimes, Teich & Anderson are very people oriented and care deeply about their clients. I would highly recommend anyone in a similar situation use this law firm to resolve their claim. Duane C. & Tammey C.
Brian, I want to thank you and Ms. Willetts for all of your help during the appeal. Your expertise and approachable personality was truly welcomed, and having you present for the SSA hearing reduced my anxieties about the process. I will gladly refer others to you if they are needing assistance with disability or injury. If I were to encounter trouble with the SSA in the future, you will be my first contact. Your professionalism is a step above. Will Pitman
All veterans with a claim feeling you don't have a chance or feel defeated need to make contact with Grimes Teich Anderson and let qualified personnel get you through claims procedures. They will evaluate your claim and work through it with you from beginning to end and treat you with compassion and caring. William E.
We received exceptional assistance with a very difficult situation. Jessica Leaven and her team were thorough and clear throughout the entire process. We are grateful for her assistance and would recommend her to others who are seeking simple guidance or formal representation. Rebecca H.
Henry Teich is an outstanding attorney who aggressively represented me in a complex workers compensation injury case. Hank has been handling WC injury cases for may years and knows all the new NC statutes concerning WC! Tony M.
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