Preparation for an Order of Taking: Condemnee Viewpoint

Educational Material: by Christian F. Torgrimson and Elizabeth R. Story When negotiating with a condemning authority on behalf of the Condemnee, the condemnation attorney must fully understand all aspects of the case prior to advising the client whether to pursue settlement or condemnation proceedings. This paper explores the important factors that a condemnation attorney must consider before an Order of Taking is filed and details the proper steps to determine the best course of action. CLICK HERE to continue reading and learn more about determining the legal standing of your client and the interested parties, and evaluating business...

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How to Attack or Defend Comparable Sales: Condemnee’s Perspective

Educational Material: by Christian F. Torgrimson and Elizabeth R. Story The Comparable Sales approach is considered the preferred method of ascertaining fair market value of land being taken by eminent domain. It is imperative that condemnation attorneys make the most of the two opportunities they have to attack or defend comparable sales: during deposition and cross examination. This paper explores the due diligence, the appropriate questions, and the conclusions that can be drawn from deposing and cross examining an expert on comparable sales. CLICK HERE to continue reading and learn more about the methods for choosing comparable sales experts, ways to promote or discredit experts, and the best time to introduce questions and...

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Annual Pursley Award for Excellence in Eminent Domain

News: On February 28, 2013, Founding Partner Charles Pursley awarded the Charles N. Pursley Jr. Eminent Domain Section Award to Thomas A. Bowman during the annual seminar of the Eminent Domain Section of the State Bar of Georgia. The annual award, named in honor of Pursley’s lifetime achievements in eminent domain, recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of eminent domain and furtherance of the constitutional principles of just and adequate compensation. Bowman joins past award recipients including: Richard N. Hubert, Ken Stula, George Dillard, Justice George H. Carley, Justice Norman S. Fletcher, Beryl H. Weiner, Albert B. Wallace, Thurman E. (Ted) Duncan, Anne W. Sapp and William Stripling. Congratulations to Thomas Bowman of Maddox Nix Bowman &...

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Friese, Torgrimson to Present on Parting with Property at FCDR’s March In-House Counsel Seminar

Event: Fulton County Daily Report March In-House Counsel Seminar: Parting with Property: Corporate Real Estate Issues for March In-house Counsel When: March 27, 2013, 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM Where: The Buckhead Club Who: Managing Partner Stephanie Friese (Aron) to present Current Issues Impacting Commercial Leases, and Managing Partner Christian F. Torgrimson to present The Business Side of Eminent...

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Founding Partners of Pursley Friese Torgrimson Share Real Property, Eminent Domain Insights

ATLANTA, Ga. — January 21, 2013 — Pursley Friese Torgrimson, a new Atlanta-based law firm representing commercial real estate and business clients in the Southeast and across the United States, today announced that the firm’s three founding partners will share industry insights on critical transactional and litigation issues facing businesses and the commercial real estate community.   On January 24, 2013, Managing Partner Christian F. Torgrimson will present two topics at the American Law Institute CLE’s Condemnation 101: How to Prepare and Present an Eminent Domain Case. Torgrimson will present “How to Prepare for an Order Taking: Condemnee’s Viewpoint,” and participate in a panel discussion about “How to Attack or Defend Comparable Sales: Condemnee’s Perspective.” Torgrimson is the 2012-2013 chair of the Eminent Domain Section of the State Bar of Georgia. A 15-year member of the State Bar of Georgia, she previously served as secretary and chair-elect of the eminent domain section. Torgrimson frequently speaks on eminent domain law and litigates on behalf of property owners and businesses in condemnation and eminent domain proceedings brought by state, county and city governments.   On February 14, 2013, Managing Partner Stephanie Friese (Aron) will present at the annual Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia (ICLE) Landlord and Tenant Seminar. Friese will present “From Lender to Landlord (and Tenants, too)! How Foreclosure Affects a Commercial Lease”. Friese is a strategic advocate and negotiator who represents commercial real estate clients in both transactional and litigation matters across the United States. She is involved in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, from acquisition of land to leasing, foreclosure, development and disposition. She also litigates her client’s real estate issues related to the leasing and management of real estate. For 13 years, Friese has been actively involved in business, legal and advocacy communities, including the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL), Atlanta Women’s Foundation (AWF) and Commercial Real Estate Women – Atlanta (CREW).   On February 28, 2013, Partner Charles N. Pursley Jr. will present at the Eminent Domain Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Pursley will present “Professional and Ethical Considerations for the Condemnor and the Condemnee.” Pursley is the original author of the reference guide Georgia Eminent Domain, which The Harrison Company first published in 1982. The Eminent Domain Section of the State Bar of Georgia awarded him the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in the practice of eminent domain, an award that now is given in his name annually. For four decades, he has litigated condemnation, eminent domain, business valuation and other real-estate cases. His practice includes a national client base of commercial, mixed-use and shopping center developers and owners with properties and businesses taken or damaged for a public...

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