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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 multiple-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.