CHRISTIAN F. TORGRIMSON

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Christian F. Torgrimson helps her business and real estate clients obtain the just compensation guaranteed to them by the Constitution when the government condemns private property. As a founding and managing partner of Pursley Friese Torgrimson, Christian focuses on helping her clients navigate the complexities of a condemnation, minimizing the impacts caused by a taking and maximizing compensation for her clients.

She has litigated eminent domain proceedings, private property disputes, and other real-estate-related matters for 17 years. Christian represents a wide spectrum of property owners and interests, including large and small businesses, mixed-use and shopping center developers and owners, corporations, hotel operators and owners, c-store and gasoline company tenants, operators and owners, restaurant franchisors and franchisees, as well as individual homeowners. She brings extensive experience to all aspects of eminent domain proceedings brought by state, county and local governments throughout Georgia, including jury trials, mediations, acquisitions and closings, and special master hearings.

She is the Georgia editor and writes the chapter for the national eminent domain compendium, Law and Procedure of Eminent Domain in the Fifty States, published by the American Bar Association. She is a past chair of the Eminent Domain Section of the State Bar of Georgia. A respected national speaker on Georgia eminent domain law, Christian frequently writes and speaks on condemnation issues for various professional organizations, including the American Law Institute.

As an experienced eminent domain attorney, Christian has been selected by her peers for inclusion in Super Lawyers Magazine’s Georgia Super Lawyers and Georgia Rising Stars; Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite; Atlanta Women’s Magazine’s Leader in Law and Fulton County Daily Report’s On the Rise. Christian has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Georgia and one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Georgia by Super Lawyers Magazine.

As a past president of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL), Christian served on GAWL’s executive board for more than 10 years. She was instrumental in creating the GAWL Foundation in 2003, serving as its founding president for two years.

Christian earned her law degree from Emory University School of Law, and her bachelor’s degree cum laude from the University of South Carolina.

 

  • Settled condemnation case involving the partial taking and damaging of convenience store in Douglas County for $1 million, representing a 253% increase above the original offer.
  • Successfully negotiated $4.65 million settlement for partial taking and damaging of mulita-tenant office complex in DeKalb County, representing a 500% increase above the original offer.
  • Settled condemnation case involving a partial taking and damaging of a hotel in Rockdale County for nearly three times the original offer.
  • Successfully challenged in federal court the immediate granting of order of taking and possession in natural gas pipeline project and requiring pipeline company to negotiate easement terms and compensation.
  • Resolved the condemnation of a commercial shopping center for more than double the original offer, resulting in a settlement prior to the filing of litigation.
  • Successfully negotiated access rights, easement rights and compensation for a commercial office building in a condemnation matter prior to litigation.
  • Secured relocation compensation for bail bonding business in condemnation action brought by the GDOT for an amount 25 times greater than original offer.
  • Secured compensation for damage to an easement owned by a telecommunications tower as a part of a GDOT project in condemnation action in which no offer was made to the tower owner.
  • Settled a condemnation case involving the taking and damaging of three separate commercial parcels for two and a half times the original offer.
  • Obtained $1.678 million jury verdict in favor of client for partial taking and damaging of gas station and C-store station by Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), representing 539% above the original offer.
  • Secured a $19.5 million settlement of a condemnation case brought by the GDOT 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 franchise fast food restaurant by the GDOT.
  • Secured a $1.0 million settlement during the jury trial of a condemnation case by the GDOT involving an office building development, representing an 850% increase above the original offer.
  • Negotiated a settlement for land value of more than double the original offer in the partial taking of land from a retail shopping center for a county water tower project.
  • Obtained an $11.0 million jury verdict in favor of client for the taking of a hotel site by the GDOT, 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 GDOT, 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.
  • Successfully arbitrated as first chair a lawsuit involving the breakup of a limited liability partnership before the American Arbitration Association.

 

  • Faculty Presenter, “Three Approaches to Value” and “Easements: Litigation Assumes All Rights Taken,” American Law Institute CLE Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, January 27-28, 2018, Charleston, SC
  • Faculty Presenter, “Using The Client in the Valuation Case: Effective Client Testimony” and “Key Concepts for the Beginning Eminent Domain Practitioner,”  American Law Institute CLE Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, January 26-27, 2017, San Diego, CA
  • Speaker, “Condemnations & Contract Headaches,” Hartman Simons CLE Lunch N Learn, January 18, 2017, Atlanta, GA
  • Speaker, “Conservation Easements and Condemnation – Which One Wins?” Georgia Land Title Association, LLC Fall CLE Seminar, October 28, 2016, Atlanta, GA
  • Faculty Presenter (Featured Presentation) “Pipeline Takings: The Big Projects, Organized Resistance, and Key Valuation Issues,” CLE International Conference on Eminent Domain, September 29-30, 2016, Las Vegas, NV
  • Presenter & Panel Moderator, “Unexpected Issues with Eating, Shopping and Sleeping: What is on the Minds of Restaurant, Retail & Hospitality” for the National Association for Minority and Women Owned Law Firms Business Meeting. The panel discussion addressed a variety of topics including cyber security, joint employer liability, third-party crime, business signage and condemnation clauses in leases. February 21, 2016, New Orleans
  • Presenter,  “Advice for Beginning Eminent Domain Trial Lawyers on How to Win a Case” , “Voir Dire Hunting for Biases” and “Eminent Domain Trial Lessons”, American Land Institutes CLE’s, Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, January 28 -30, 2016,  Austin, Texas .
  • Speaker, Overview of a Condemnation Case and Five Simple Rules for Partial Takings, American Law Institute CLE’s Eminent Doman and Land Valuation and Condemnation 101: How to Prepare and Present an Eminent Domain Case, February 5-7, 2015, San Francisco
  • Moderator at Real Estate Bisnow’s Second Annual Atlanta Construction and Development Summit in Atlanta – February 19, 2014
  • Panelist on mentoring panel at the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers’ “The Leader Within” CLE – January 28, 2014
  • Faculty presenter on “Core Valuation Concepts” at ALI-CLE’s “Condemnation 101: How To Prepare and Present an Eminent Domain Case” an annual national eminent domain conference in New Orleans – January 23-25, 2014
  • Presented at the “Summer School Lunch & Learn” hosted by Stream Realty Partners, ASD, and Crocker Partners on June 19, 2013 with managing partner Stephanie Friese Aron and attorney Christine Norstadt. The presentation addressed 1) Gross Up Provisions; 2) Landlord-Friendly LOI and Lease Proposal Suggested Language; 3) Special Notes to Both Landlords and Tenants; 4) Top Ten List of Things to do When: A Property Owner or Manager Receives a Notice of Taking on the Property; and 5) Top Ten List of Things to do When: A Tenant Receives Notice of Taking on the Property
  • Speaker, “Navigating Recovery of Damages for the Business Owner In A Condemnation,” The Fulton County Daily Report In-House Counsel Seminar, March 2013
  • Speaker, “How to Attack or Defend Comparable Sales: Condemnee’s Perspective,” American Law Institute CLE’s Condemnation 101: How to Prepare and Present an Eminent Domain Case, January 24, 2013, Miami, FL
  • Speaker, “Preparation for an Order of Taking: Condemnee Viewpoint,” American Law Institute CLE’s Comdemnation 101: How to Prepare and Present an Eminent Domain Case, January 24, 2013, Miami, FL
  • Speaker, Condemnation 101: Winning the High Ground with Fundamentals of Eminent Domain Valuation and Trial Practice, 7th Annual ALI-ABA Course of Study, January 2012, San Diego, CA
  • Speaker, Lunch and Learn on Condemnation, Forensic Valuation Section, Georgia Society of CPAs, April 2011, Atlanta, GA
  • Speaker, Condemnation Laws and Practice Across the Fifty States, State Bar of Georgia Eminent Domain Section Annual Seminar, March 2011, Atlanta, GA
  • Speaker, Condemnation 101: Making the Complex Simple in Eminent Domain – Strategic Discovery and How the Case Was Won panels, 6th Annual ALI-ABA Course of Study, February 2011, Miami, FL
  • Speaker, Litigation Workshop, Atlanta Consumer Bankruptcy Skills Training, February 2010, Atlanta, GA
  • Speaker, Setting the Table:  Trial Proofs and Strategy in Condemnation and De Facto Takings Claims,  ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference, April 2009, Atlanta, GA
  • Panel Moderator and Speaker, Eminent Domain:  Dispelling the Myths–the 411 on the Condemnation Process in Georgia, Commercial Real Estate for Women (CREW), May 2007, Atlanta, GA