Charles L. Ruffin

Charles L. Ruffin

Charles Ruffin Law

Recognized since 2007

Atlanta, Georgia

Practice Areas

Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law

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Charles Ruffin, shareholder in the Firm's Atlanta and Macon offices, has amassed over 30 years a wide array of litigation experience. He currently concentrates his practice in eminent domain and condemnation law, representing landowners and business operators of all sizes in eminent domain, condemnation and inverse condemnation matters. Mr. Ruffin's clients include a wide variety of national and international businesses from large multinational corporations to small individually owned businesses. Mr. Ruffin also represents nationally traded real estate investment trusts and other real estate investors. His clients include oil and gas interests, fast food franchisors and franchisees, hotel investors, commercial, shopping center and office developers, national drugstore chains, residential real estate developers, convenience store chains and a variety of individually owned enterprises, business operations, and properties. Mr. Ruffin maintains an active role in national and state eminent domain matters, serving as a board member and as the Georgia representative in the national organization Owners Counsel of America and as the Founding Chairman of the Eminent Domain Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Mr. Ruffin served as president of the state bar of Georgia during the 2013 – 2014 bar year.

In 2005, Mr. Ruffin testified on three occasions on behalf of landowner interests before a special Georgia Senate Committee considering revision of eminent domain laws following the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Kelo v. City of New London.

In recognition of his achievements in his chosen specialty, Mr. Ruffin has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America® in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law since 2007. In addition, the Firm's Atlanta eminent domain and condemnation law practice, which is led by Mr. Ruffin, is ranked Tier 1 by the U.S. News/Best Lawyers ranking of practices in the United States.

Contact & Links
  • 2860 Piedmont Road NE
    P.O. Box 52567
    Atlanta, GA 30355
  • Auburn University, BS, graduated 1977
  • Institute for Continuing Legal Education of Georgia - Chair
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta - Member
  • American Bar Association (Eminent Domain Committee, Real Estate Section) - Member
  • American Bar Foundation - Fellow
  • Atlanta Bar Association - Member
  • Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism - Member
  • Downtown Macon Rotary Club - President
  • Eminent Domain Seminars, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2003 – 04 - Chair
  • Emory Law School Council - Member
  • Georgia Bar Foundation - Fellow
  • Institute for Local Government Legal Studies - Advisory Board
  • Leadership Georgia - Member
  • Leadership USA - Member
  • Macon Bar Association - Member
  • Macon Bar Association - Past President
  • Owners Counsel of America - Board Member
  • Owners Counsel of America - Georgia Counsel
  • State Bar of Georgia (President, 2013 – 2014; Treasurer, Founding Chairman, Eminent Domain Section; Chairman, Military Legal Assistance Program; Member, Board of Governors Executive Committee; Chair, Constitutional Law Section) - Member
  • State Bar of Georgia, 2013 – 2014 - President
Federal Clerkships
  • United States District Court

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Atlanta (2020)
  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Atlanta (2016)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Special Focus:
  • Litigation
  • Named to Who's Who in Law in Metro Atlanta by Atlanta Business Chronicle
  • Listed in Georgia Super Lawyers in the area of Eminent Domain, 2014
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (Land Use and Zoning Law, Commercial Litigation)
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Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning

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