MARTA Honors Pursley for 42 Years of Legal Service

The Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority issued a resolution earlier this month to thank Charles Pursley Jr. for serving 42 years as its outside legal counsel. Hired in 1974 for his experience in condemnation and eminent domain, Pursley has helped MARTA acquire the land necessary for expanding the footprint of Atlanta’s rail system. In 1984, Pursley became General Counsel, the primary legal advisor to the Board, a role he held until earlier this year. “I’ve been so fortunate to be a part of the evolution of public transportation in Atlanta working with MARTA,” says Pursley. “Together with MARTA’s in-house legal team, our common goal during the past four decades has always been to help make MARTA the best transit system it can be.” During a celebration in Pursley’s honor, the board issued the resolution recognizing Pursley and announced plans to name a future MARTA rail car after him. Pursley Friese Torgrimson continues to serve as condemnation and eminent domain legal counsel to MARTA. Photo: Charles Pursley pictured with MARTA Police Chief Wanda Dunham (center) and MARTA Board Member Jerry Griffin (left) of Clayton County. Group Photo: Charles Pursley receives a resolution from the MARTA Board of Directors for 42 years of service....

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Partner Charles Pursley and Attorney Elizabeth Story Present at the 2016 State Bar of Georgia Eminent Domain Seminar!

Partner Charles Pursley kicked off the annual seminar with the opening introduction of the topics and speakers. This year’s seminar featured a full mock jury trial with Attorney Elizabeth Story presenting on how to argue pretrial motions, including Motions in Limine, Motions to Compel, Sanctions, Motions to Exclude, Professionalism/Ethics Integrated on Discovery Abuse. The seminar also included presentation of the Eminent Domain Lifetime Achievement Award, which is awarded each year in Charles Pursley’s...

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Managing Partner Christian Torgrimson Presents at the 2016 NAMWOLF Business Meeting!

Managing Partner Christian Torgrimson spoke at the Business Meeting of the National Association for Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) in New Orleans. Christian presented with a panel of in-house counsel on “Unexpected Issues with Eating, Shopping and Sleeping: What is on the Minds of Restaurant, Retail & Hospitality”. The panel discussion addressed a variety of topics for the retail, restaurant, and hospitality industries, including cyber security, joint employer liability, third-party crime, business signage and condemnation clauses in...

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Partner Lou Papera successfully negotiates transaction bringing Merchant e-Solutions to Atlanta.

Congratulations to Partner Lou Papera who provided transaction assistance for an acquisition of approximately 30,000 square feet of office space at Buckhead’s Live Oak Square. This transaction brings the U.S. headquarters of Merchant e-Solutions’, a global financial technology firm, to Atlanta and will create more than 140 jobs.  Read more about the transaction...

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Managing Partner Christian Torgrimson Presented at the National ALI CLE Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation Seminar.

Managing Partner Christian Torgrimson again served as a faculty presenter at ALI CLE’s 33rd Annual seminar, Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation in Austin, Texas. Each year, this national seminar brings together practitioners, value experts, right-of-way professionals from around the country. Christian presented on three topics this year:  “Advice for Beginning Eminent Domain Trial Lawyers on How to Win a Case” , “Voir Dire Hunting for Biases” and “Eminent Domain Trial Lessons.2016”. Click here to learn more about the...

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