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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.

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.