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MARTA Honors Pursley for 42 Years of Legal Service

Posted by on July 28, 2016 in Blog, Featured, news, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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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.

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Group Photo: Charles Pursley receives a resolution from the MARTA Board of Directors for 42 years of service.


Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

Posted by on June 30, 2016 in Blog, Featured, news | 0 comments

BBLogo-HR-Atlanta-01-215x300Pursley Friese Torgrimson is proud to join these Atlanta businesses on the 2016 list of Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. Our firm has been included on the list since 2014. View more about our firm’s profile ranking here.

Welcome Bob Stubbs!

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Blog, Featured, news | 0 comments


Of Counsel Bob Stubbs is now a part of the firm’s commercial real estate transactions team. He brings more than four decades of experience with commercial real estate leasing, acquisitions and dispositions. Bob previously served as inhouse counsel for LPI, Prime Bancshares and Tishman Speyer. Welcome Bob to Pursley Friese Torgrimson!

Pursley Teaches Next Generation of Eminent Domain Lawyers

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Blog, Featured, news | 0 comments

GA State College of LawPartner Charles Pursley served as a guest lecturer during a recent Eminent Domain class at Georgia State University College of Law. Charles talked with the law students about valuation of real property during a condemnation proceeding. Sharing examples from working with various clients including MARTA, Charles dissected the concept of just and adequate compensation and shared his article, “Eminent Domain: Condemnee’s Perspective on Methods of Acquisition and Valuation Issues.

Papera Helps ULI Counsel Friends of Little Five Points

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Blog, Featured, news | 0 comments

FOLFPAs a member of the ULI Center for Leadership Class of 2016, Partner Lou Papera and several other members of the class recently worked on a mini-technical assistance program (mTAP) with the Friends of Little Five Points Park organization to review and address a land use issue in the Little Five Points community. The effort involved a formal presentation to Friends of Little Five Points Park at the Horizon Theatre on May 3 on the future of Findley Plaza and the surrounding area. The organization, which focuses on transforming public spaces in Little Five Points, expects to take the findings and recommendations prepared by the mTAP group to City Councilman Kwanza Hall for consideration.

CREW Atlanta Blog Features Stephanie Friese and Christine Norstadt

Posted by on March 29, 2016 in Featured, news, Uncategorized | 0 comments

StephanieChristineCREW Atlanta recently featured a recent article, “Dealing with Tenant Abandonment,” co-authored by Managing Partner Stephanie Friese and Attorney Christine Norstadt in its March 18th blog edition. The article provides useful tips regarding what a landlord should do when a tenant vacates and leaves  personal property behind.

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

Posted by on March 4, 2016 in Featured, news, Uncategorized | 0 comments

charlesElizabethPartner 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 name.

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

Posted by on March 2, 2016 in Blog, Featured, news, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Christian-2Managing 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 leases.

Managing Partner Stephanie Friese and Partner Lou Papera featured in Bisnow.

Posted by on February 29, 2016 in Blog, events, Featured, news | 0 comments

NAIOP NightBisnow recently featured Managing Partner Stephanie Friese and Partner Lou Papera at NAIOP Night on February 18th at the St. Regis in Buckhead. NAIOP is a professional commercial real estate organization for developers, owners and investors of office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate across North America. NAIOP Night brings together industry insiders from across the Atlanta metro area (and beyond) to showcase and celebrate Atlanta’s outstanding commercial real estate projects and professionals, and to benefit NAIOP’s designated charities, YES!Atlanta and the Ron Clark Academy. Read more about NAIOP here.

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

Posted by on February 25, 2016 in events, Featured, news, Uncategorized | 0 comments

louCongratulations 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 here.