Julie Sellers provides a familiar and persuasive voice at all levels of regulatory and governing bodies to advocate zoning and land use positions of property owners, builders and developers in Georgia.
She understands how government functions related to zoning regulations and land use approvals, permits and planning. She leverages her negotiation experience to navigate administrative-intensive review processes for commercial, residential and mixed-use development projects.
Her extensive litigation and appellate experience helps advance client initiatives through local government at public hearings and during court proceedings. Julie values clear communication, strategic analysis and collaborative negotiations to achieve the desired result for her clients.
Her appellate experience includes oral arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Georgia Court of Appeals and Florida Third District Court of Appeals. Julie has extensive experience through all phases of litigation including negotiations, mediations, trials and arbitrations.
Before joining Pursley Friese Torgrimson as a partner in 2015, Julie was a partner with Weissman, Nowack, Curry & Wilco. Before moving to Atlanta, she served an attorney with Page, Mracheck, Fitzgerald & Rose litigation firm in West Palm Beach, Florida, for seven years.
She frequently writes and speaks on real estate and litigation topics including landlord/tenant issues, zoning, permitting, variance and other issues involving complex real estate transactions.
Julie is a member of the Florida Bar, Georgia Bar, Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, Council for Quality Growth, Lawyer’s Club of Atlanta, and the University of Florida Law Alumni Council. Julie often speaks in the community to raise awareness about the impact of zoning and land use matters. In 2014, she served as a subject-matter expert to discuss “Zoning for Dollars” on the Commercial Real Estate Radio Show.
Julie earned her law degree from the University of Florida Frederic G. Levin College of Law; and her bachelor’s degree from University of Florida.
Active in the global community, Julie traveled to Kenya in 2013 as part of a service project focusing on clean water education and water filter distribution. In Atlanta, Julie spent four years organizing community projects as the Vice President of Outreach and Community Service for the Atlanta Gator Club. She helps host events for the patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and fundraises for cancer related non-profit organizations. She is also a member of the ServiceJuris Steering Committee, the Shepherd Center Society.
Authored “Navigating the Legal Landscape Surrounding Affordable Housing in Metro Atlanta“, Daily Report, November 26, 2018
Authored Bicycle Parking, Sidewalks, and Storage Pods, Oh My! What’s in Store for Atlanta with the Zoning Ordinance “Quick Fixes”” on CREW Atlanta’s blog, May 16, 2018
Featured in “Dispute Delays Emory’s Union with City of Atlanta” on MyAJC, September 6, 2017