Douglas Hanna

Litigation Attorney

Graebe Hanna & Sullivan, PLLC


Doug is a veteran trial lawyer who has tried more than 30 jury trials to verdict in state court, federal court, and military courts-martial.  With a litigation background that also includes well over 100 contested bench trials and administrative hearings, Doug has the experience and judgment necessary to handle complex litigation matters.

Government Experience

Doug is proud to have started his legal career as a Navy Judge Advocate.  The discipline and work ethic instilled in him during his time in the Navy continues to serve him well in private practice.  Following his time in the Navy, Doug served as a felony prosecutor in Orange County and then as an Assistant Attorney General representing the North Carolina Department of Transportation.  As a DOT lawyer, Doug handled condemnation cases on behalf of the State of North Carolina. 

Private Practice

Following his government service, Doug joined North Carolina’s largest law firm and focused his practice on insurance litigation, condemnation litigation and business contract disputes.  Ten years ago, he founded the boutique litigation firm Graebe Hanna & Welborn, PLLC – now known as Graebe Hanna & Sullivan.

Personal

Doug is blessed to have the love and support of his beautiful wife Denise, and is the proud father of three boys (Will, Brendan and Grayson).  Outside of work, Doug focuses his attention on his Christian faith and his family.  Doug is a youth hockey coach for his boys and is taking correspondence courses in biblical studies.

Work Experience

Graebe Hanna & Sullivan PLLC, 2008-Present

  • Partner and founding member of the firm

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC, 2001-2008

  • Partner in the Business Litigation Group in Raleigh

North Carolina Attorney General’s Office, 1998-2001

  • Assistant Attorney General in the Insurance Section
  • Assistant Attorney General in the Transportation Section (Condemnation)

Assistant District Attorney, Orange County, 1997-1998

  • Felony prosecutor handling sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence cases

Judge Advocate General’s Corps, United States Navy, 1991-1997

  • Defense Counsel, Naval Legal Service Office, Jacksonville, FL
  • Senior Trial Counsel (Prosecutor), Naval Legal Service Office, Jacksonville, FL
  • Staff Judge Advocate, Naval Station, Guam
  • Senior Defense Counsel, Naval Legal Service Office, Washington, D.C.
  • Midshipmen Legal Counsel, U.S. Naval Academy

United States Navy Reserve, 1998-2012, Retired

  • Civil Litigation (Code 14) Division, U. S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps
  • Naval Legal Service Office, Norfolk, VA
  • Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center, Raleigh, NC

Education

B.G.S., 1988 , University of Michigan

J.D., 1991, Wake Forest University School of Law