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Charles N. Pursley

Special Counsel
Atlanta | 404.665.1231
Fax | 404.869.6972

Charles Pursley has litigated condemnation, eminent domain, business valuation, and other real-estate cases for more than four decades. His practice features a national client base that includes commercial, mixed-use, and shopping center developers, other businesses, property owners, and governmental entities.

He helped build the Atlanta area's transit system by overseeing MARTA's condemnation work and by serving as its outside general counsel from 1984 through 2015. In those roles, he advised the board of directors, oversaw litigation involving MARTA, and represented MARTA in condemnation cases and in transportation-related litigation. He continues to represent MARTA in transportation-related litigation and eminent domain proceedings.

Charles is the original author of what is considered today the textbook on eminent domain in Georgia: Georgia Eminent Domain, which The Harrison Company first published in 1982. He has counseled Georgia lawmakers on amendments to eminent domain statues relating to condemnation for economic development. The Eminent Domain Section of the State Bar of Georgia awarded him its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award, an award that now is given in his name each year. He is a regular speaker at legal seminars and author of papers on the topic of eminent domain.

Charles is a native of Georgia and earned his law degree from the University of Georgia, where he served as executive editor of the Georgia Law Review. Before beginning private practice, Charles served four years as a captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG). He received his bachelor's degree from Florida State University.

Representative Experience

Served as counsel in more than 90 appellate decisions in Georgia's Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, including:

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Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” in Atlanta for Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, 2011, 2016, 2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, 2007-2020
  • Georgia Super Lawyers, 2004-2019
  • State Bar of Georgia’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Eminent Domain Law, 2002
  • Martindale-Hubbell's Judicial AV Preeminent Rating

Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia, Eminent Domain Section
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta