Principal, Attorney and Counselor
512.894.5426 x 102
David’s clients are landowners interested in conserving the rural character of their land. He helps them create and protect sustainable value in their land. David provides legal counsel, practical advice and innovative solutions in various areas, including: purchase and sale of rural land; sale of development rights, conservation easements; estate planning; mitigation banking and conservation development. David sets the firm’s high standards for client satisfaction, while promoting its unique approach and “can-do” style. David is also co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Plateau Land & Wildlife Management, which provides ecological services and property tax consulting and works hand-in-hand with Braun & Gresham to meet client goals for their land.
Sale of Development Rights
Donating Conservation Easements
Purchase and Sale of Rural Land
Fighting Condemnation and Takings
Reducing Property Taxes
Client Success Stories
LOBBYING – ‘Jury of View’ Neither Visionary Nor Just, It took Braun & Gresham professionals, and perseverance, to defuse this legal land mine for Texas property owners
CONDEMNATION – Land Condemnation Doesn’t Have to Mean Certain Loss, Braun & Gresham provides neighbors with guidance & gravitas as they negotiate to preserve their property
SALE OF CONSERVATION EASEMENT – Partnering Up to Preserve Texas Land, Protect Water Quality, Braun & Gresham brings together a unique collection of collaborators to produce a five-way conservation win
Founder of Braun & Gresham, a law firm representing various individuals, families, corporations and developers – who are owners of rural land.
Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Plateau Land & Wildlife Management, an ecological consulting company, employing teams of biologists and property tax consultants, dedicated to helping clients protect and enhance their land through wildlife management planning, services and products.
Founder, Braun Consulting Services (1995-2000) to provide strategic planning, organizational development, marketing training and fundraising consulting to various private, public and not-for-profit institutions.
Texas State Director and International Vice President, The Nature Conservancy (1988-1995), one of the world’s premier land conservation organizations. (See articles from Austin American-Statesman: HERE and HERE.)
Staff attorney, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department on cases involving environmental, water and land use issues. (1987 – 1988)
Field Biologist for the following institutions: Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology; Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science; The Smithsonian Institute; The American Museum of Natural History
Doctor of Jurisprudence, The University of Texas School of Law, 1987
Bachelor of Arts, Biochemistry, The University of Texas, 1982
Presentations & Publications
- November 2, 2012, Estate Planning, Conservation Easements 101, Farm and Ranch Properties: Family Legacy or Liability?, Wildlife Management for Property Taxes, and What Landowners Need to Know about Intrusion on Surface Use (Oil & Gas, Pipelines, Power Lines and Condemnation), Frontera Land Alliance Workshop, Doubletree Hotel, 600 North El Paso Street, El Paso, TX. To register, contact Janae Renaud, Executive Director, at email@example.com. CLICK HERE for more information.
- August 23-24, 2012, Inheriting Family Lands: Legacy or Liability?, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, Advanced Estate Planning Conference, San Antonio, Texas
- July 11th, 2012, Conservation Easements 101, Lone Star Bank, Dripping Springs, Texas, 1-2:30. For more information or to RSVP, click here.
- June 27-29, 2012, Farm and Ranch Properties – Family Legacy or Liability?, State Bar of Texas, 36th Annual Advanced Estate Planning & Probate Course, San Antonio, Texas
- June 11-12, 2012, Drafting to Avoid Deduction Challenges, Land Trust Alliance Third Symposium on Advanced Legal Topics in Land Conservation, Charleston, South Carolina
- May 11, 2012, Income and Estate Tax Implications of Conserving Land for the Long-Term, Connemara Conservancy Farmers and Ranchers Workshop, Granbury, Texas
- October 13-16, 2011, Conservation Transactions Through a Landowner’s Perspective, Land Trust Alliance, National Conservation Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- June 21, 2011, Tax Benefits and Appraisals of Conservation Projects, Land Trust Alliance Standards & Practices Curriculum Course, Madison, Wisconsin
- February 24, 2011, Legislative Updates, Texas Land Trust Council Statewide Land Trust Conference, Plenary Session, Austin, Texas
- January 25, 2011, Conservation Easements in Wealth Transfer Planning, Estate Planning Council of Central Texas, Wealth Transfer Planning, Austin Texas
- April 28-30, 2010, Conservation Easements 101, Texas Land Trust Council Statewide Land Trust Conference, Austin, Texas
- October 11-14, 2009, Getting Grounded in Conservation Tax Law, Land Trust Alliance National Conservation Conference, Portland, Oregon
- Appraisals of Conservation Projects
- Avoiding Conflict of Interest and Running an Ethical Land Trust
- Conservation Easements 101
- Conservation Transactions from a Landowner’s Perspective
- Getting Grounded in Conservation Tax Law
- Wildlife Management Appraisal
- Genomic Variation in Cline Shape Across An Avian Hybrid Zone, Sarah E Kingston, Robert W Jernigan, William F. Fagan, David Braun and Michael J Braun, Ecology & Evolution, 2012
- Strategies for Using Conservation Easements. Braun, David, Probate and Property, The Journal of the Center for American and International Law, Nov/Dec. 2002.
- Winter Observations of Dendroica Chrysoparia in Mexico. Braun, M.J., Braun, David & Terrell, S.H., American Birds. Fall 1986.
- Molecular Population Genetics of Tufted and Black-Crest Forms of Parus BiColor. Braun, David, Kitto, G.B. & Braun, M.J., The Auk 101:170-173, 1984.
Available Presentations (To request a presentation to your group, contact us.)
Advisory Council, The University of Texas College of Natural Sciences Foundation
Member, National Wildlife Federation South Central Regional Advisory Council
Chairman, Texas Teaming With Wildlife Coalition (2005-2011)
Envision Central Texas (until 2006)
Westcave Preserve, Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees (until 1998)
Texas Audubon Society, Board of Trustees (until 1997)
Texans for the Environmental Defense Fund (until 1987)
David is a native Texan who has been interested in natural sciences, conservation and rural land use policy from an early age. His family was historically involved in ranching and rice farming. Childhood experiences on his grandmother’s farm were instrumental in shaping his understanding of rural land conservation.
His early interests as a naturalist included falconry, snake collecting and butterfly mounting. Another of David’s interests is bird watching. From 1979 to 1986, he was a nature tour guide for two of the first U.S. bird watching tour companies – Victor Emanuel Nature Tours and Field Guides, Inc. – leading various tour groups in the region between Texas and Venezuela. David has lived, worked and traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America.