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Survey Says: A Land Survey Says Volumes

Posted by on September 1, 2016 in Blog, Featured, news | 0 comments

Why a land survey matters during the due diligence process.

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Read the article here by Christine Norstadt.

Meet Pursley, A Rail Car Named After MARTA’s Longtime Lawyer

Posted by on August 18, 2016 in Blog, Featured, news | 0 comments


The Daily Report recently featured the story behind why Charles Pursley now has a MARTA rail car named after him. Read more here.

Pursley Named Lawyer of the Year for Eminent Domain and Condemnation by Best Lawyers in America®

Posted by on August 18, 2016 in Blog, Featured, news | 0 comments


Charles Pursley has been selected by his attorney peers for inclusion in the 23rd edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2017) and named Lawyer of the Year (2017) for Atlanta within the practice of eminent domain and condemnation. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and state is honored by Best Lawyers® with a Lawyer of the Year award. Congratulations Charles!

We’re Hiring: Urban Planner & Paralegal

Posted by on August 8, 2016 in Blog, Featured, news | 0 comments


Pursley Friese Torgrimson is looking for exceptional talent to join our commercial real estate legal team in Midtown Atlanta, including:


Urban Planner (Full time)

Our zoning and land use legal team is expanding to include Urban Planner. The team’s ideal candidate is detail oriented, organized and motivated to serve our developers and property owner clients. This role brings the opportunity to work on projects shaping the Atlanta region and other parts of the state. Prior experience and familiarity with zoning codes/land use restrictions is required.
Interested? Send your resume, letter of interest and letter of recommendation to


Paralegal (Full time)

Our zoning and land use legal team is adding a detail-oriented, organized and motivated administrative resource: either a paralegal or a real estate development assistant with experience working on rezonings, use permits and variance applications. The team’s ideal candidate will have real estate knowledge and experience; familiarity with land use and planning concepts; ability to research and pull property information (deeds, zoning, tax information); and desire to work in a fast-pace team atmosphere.
Interested? Send your resume and letter of interest to

Dillard Among Speakers for ULI’s “Referendums & Real Estate” on Aug. 18 in Atlanta

Posted by on August 3, 2016 in Blog, events, news | 0 comments


Doug Dillard will be a panel speaker on August 18 to discuss “Referendums & Real Estate,” an event sponsored by Atlanta’s Urban Land Institute. At the polls this November we’ll decide the presidential election and vote on Fulton County TSPLOST, City of Atlanta TSPLOST and a ½-cent sales tax for transit expansion in the City of Atlanta. ULI’s Referendums & Real Estate discussion on Aug. 18 will explore each ballot initiative, how they work, goals and other key aspects including implications and possibilities for land use, real estate and regional growth. See a list of all the speakers and register here.

CLE Webinar 8/4: Norstadt Co-Presents “Allocating Operating Expenses in Commercial Real Estate Leases”

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


On Thurs., August 4 (1p-2:30pET), Attorney Christine Norstadt will copresent the webinar Allocating Operating Expenses in Commercial Real Estate Leases,” sponsored by Strafford. The CLE webinar will include discussion about net and gross real estate lease structures and the allocation of operating expenses for each lease structure. The webinar will include the topic of negotiation from the perspectives of both landlords and tenants with respect to clearly defining operating expenses, pass-throughs and exclusions, and other lease provisions impacting expenses such as gross-up and expense cap provisions. Click here to register. Read Christine’s article on gross ups and expense caps here.

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.