CHARLES N. PURSLEY JR.

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Charles Pursley has litigated condemnation, eminent domain, business valuation and other real-estate cases for more than four decades. His practice includes a national client base of commercial, mixed-use and shopping center developers and owners with properties and businesses taken or damaged for a public project.

He served as general counsel to the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority from 1984 through 2015. In this role, Charles advised the board of directors, oversaw litigation involving MARTA and represented MARTA in all condemnation cases and in transportation-related litigation. He continues to represent MARTA in all transportation related litigation and eminent domain proceedings.

He also counseled the Chairman of Georgia House Judiciary Committee in drafting 2006 amendments to eminent domain statutes relating to condemnation for economic development.

Charles is a founding partner of Pursley Friese Torgrimson. Previously, he founded Pursley Lowery Meeks, where he practiced for three decades. Charles is the original author of the reference book Georgia Eminent Domain, which The Harrison Company first published in 1982.

The Eminent Domain Section of the State Bar of Georgia awarded him the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in the practice of eminent domain, an award that now is given in his name annually. He is a regular speaker at legal seminars and author of papers on the topic of eminent domain in Georgia.

In 2011, Charles was named the Georgia Lawyer of the Year in eminent domain and condemnation law, a peer-reviewed award from Best Lawyers, and he has been selected for inclusion in the annual editions of the Best Lawyers in America® in eminent domain and condemnation law. He also has been named to Georgia Super Lawyers in eminent domain by Super Lawyers Magazine for more than 10 years.

Charles is a member of the Atlanta and American Bar Associations, the State Bar of Georgia and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta. He also is admitted to practice before the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

A native of Georgia, Charles earned his law degree from The University of Georgia School of Law, where he served as executive editor of the Georgia Law Review. Before beginning private practice, Charles served four years as captain in the U.S. Army, Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University.

Counsel in 90+ appellate decisions in Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, including:

  • Secured a $13.4 million settlement for the taking og an improved office property; a 37% increase above the original offer.
  • Settled a condemnation case involving the partial taking of a vacant commercial property for five times higher than the original offer.
  • Settled a condemnation case involving the taking of sewer easements through vacant commercial property for more than double the original offer.
  • Partial condemnation of multiple parcel high density mixed use property in mid-town Atlanta (negotiated settlement: $16.3 million)
  • Partial condemnation of multiple tenant commercial property in mid-town Atlanta (negotiated settlement: $1.55 million)
  • Condemnation of brewery business (negotiated settlement: $2.35 million)
  • Condemnation of hotel in mid-town Atlanta (jury trial: $11.02 million)
  • Partial condemnation of retail property in mid-town Atlanta (jury trial: $6.84 million)
  • Condemnation of 33 residential properties for CDC expansion (judicial mediation: $10.8 million)
  • Partial condemnation of suburban office property (settled during jury trial: $1.0 million)
  • Partial condemnation of commercial property and automobile sales business (jury trial: $5.9 million)
  • Condemnation of mid-rise office building in downtown Atlanta (settlement after hearing)
  • Secured a $19.5 million settlement of a condemnation case brought by the Georgia Department of Transportation involving mixed use development property, along with a new driveway cut on a limited access street.
  • Negotiated a settlement for business value of four times the original offer in a condemnation case for the full taking of a fast food restaurant by the Georgia Department of Transportation.
  • Secured a $1.0 million settlement during the jury trial of a condemnation case by the Georgia Department of Transportation involving an office building development, representing an 850% increase above the original offer.
  • Obtained an $11.0 million jury verdict in favor of client for the taking of a hotel site by the Georgia Department of Transportation, representing a 150% increase above the original offer.
  • Obtained a $5.9 million jury verdict in favor of high-end automobile dealership client for appraised property and business value against the Georgia Department of Transportation, representing a 450% increase above the original offer.
  • Secured a jury verdict as first chair in favor of client for fully appraised property value, and successfully represented client in subsequent appeals before the Georgia Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.
  • Successfully represented MARTA in case challenging a transit oriented development project involving public use and private enterprise features before the Georgia Supreme Court.
  • Secured a $900,000 settlement with the Georgia Department of Transportation for the partial taking of a hotel property. The settlement was a 414% increase over the amount that the Georgia Department of Transportation originally offered.