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As President of Branch Financial Services, Inc., Harlan has participated in the growth of one of Long Island's most respected financial services organizations since 1974. Located in Setauket, New York, Branch Financial Services, Inc. is a Registered Investment Advisor.

A graduate of Northeastern University, Harlan received his Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) professional designations from the American College in 1983. He also holds both the Registered Financial Consultant (RFC) and the Certified Retirement Counselor (CRC) designations. He is a Registered Representative and Investment Advisor Representative of Cetera Advisor Networks LLC.

Harlan is a member of The Financial Planning Association and was the 1990–1991 President of the Suffolk County Chapter of the American Society of Financial Service Professionals. In June 2000, he received the Rudolf Stegeman "Total Professional Award" from the Suffolk Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors - the organization's highest honor. In 2018 Harlan received the “Quality of Life Award” from Cetera Advisors Networks, LLC. As an industry leader, Harlan has served as an instructor for courses on investments and insurance and has lectured nationally on these subjects, as well as on financial strategies and estate planning. As someone well-regarded in his profession, he has been quoted in insurance and financial industry publications.

Harlan and his wife Olivia have lived in the Town of Smithtown since 1973. As evidenced by his involvement with local and national organizations, Harlan welcomes every opportunity to give back to the community. He was the President of the Board of Directors of the Smithtown Township Arts Council from 1992-1997 and was the 1997–1998 President of the Smithtown Rotary Club. Harlan served as Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium until 2000. Harlan currently serves as Chairman of the Planning Board of the Village of Head of the Harbor, New York.

Harlan was named the 2000 “Man of the Year in Business” in Smithtown by the Times Beacon Record newspapers. In April 2006, Harlan was presented with the "Guardian Angel" award from the Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center. In 2005 and 2006, Harlan was the chair of the Walnut Street Securities Representative Advisory Council and in May of 2006, Harlan was the recipient of the Walnut Street Securities prestigious "Distinguished Partner" award. Harlan was the President of the Metropolitan Contemporary Glass Group, where he served for eight years through 2009 and was the President of the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass from 2011 through 2016. Harlan was the President of the board of the Art League of Long Island through December 2019. Harlan and Olivia are founding members of The Ennion Society at The Corning Museum of Glass and are members of the Director's Advisory Circle at the Long Island Museum. They were presented with the “Patron of the Arts Award” at the Long Island Museum in 2018.

Harlan was named the Long Island Business News 2021 “The Business and Finance Award” honoree. The Business & Finance Awards recognize financial professionals for their outstanding performance as stewards of Long Island's corporations, government and nonprofit organizations.


  MICHAEL J. BRESCIA, J.D.                                                                                                                                        Financial Advisor                                                                                                                                                            Email Michael

Michael has enjoyed a professional relationship with Harlan Fischer for many years prior to joining the team at Branch Financial Services, Inc. in 2021.

Michael graduated from Providence College in 1998 with a degree in Finance. While completing his studies, he was employed at PaineWebber & Co., an investment bank and brokerage firm where he worked to develop and implement financial and investment strategies for high-net-worth clients.

Michael chose to further his education and attended the New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts, where he graduated in 2001 with a Juris Doctorate. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the District of Columbia, and the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.  Michael is also an active member of the Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New York State Bar Associations.

As an attorney, Michael is also able to provide legal services to his clients. He is the founding member of the Setauket, New York based Law Firm, Michael J. Brescia, P.C., where he focuses his practice on a broad range of trusts and estates matters, including, trust and estate planning, elder law, probate and administration of trusts and estates, real estate, guardianships and trust and estate litigation.  As a litigator, Michael has vast experience in probate contests, accounting and kinship proceedings, discovery and turnover proceedings, trust invalidation proceedings, and guardianship proceedings.

Michael has lectured professionals, as well as the general public, on various aspects of trust and estate planning. Aside from his passion for the practice of law and providing financial planning and investment advisory services, he currently serves on the board of directors of the Suffolk County Columbian Lawyers' Association, Inc. Michael is also actively engaged in his community and currently serves on the board of directors of the Laurel Hill Property Owners Association.

Michael is a Registered Representative and Investment Advisor Representative of Cetera Advisor Networks, LLC and holds FINRA Series 7 and Series 66 licenses. He is also an Investment Advisor Representative of Branch Financial Services, Inc.  Michael is a principled professional who exhibits true commitment, loyalty, and devotion to his family, partners, co-workers, and clients.

Michael, his wife Jennifer, and their children, Samantha, and Michael Jr., reside in the Village of Nissequogue, New York.  Michael also enjoys golfing, skiing, woodworking, and fly fishing.


*Branch Financial Services, Inc. and Cetera Advisors Network are unaffiliated entities.