Charles L. Ruffin

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC

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Peachtree Road Northeast 3414
Atlanta 30326 GA US

Charles Ruffin, shareholder in the Firm’s Atlanta and Macon offices, has amassed over 30 years of experience in a wide array of litigation. Mr. Ruffin 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.


  • Emory University School of Law, J.D.
  • Auburn University, B.S.


  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle and Northern Districts of Georgia

Representative Matters:

  • Settled on the eve of trial a case involving the taking of 14 acres of undeveloped land used as part of a Christian camp in North Georgia. The settlement was for $1.25 million dollars, which represented an amount 800 percent higher than sums paid into court by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT).
  • Settled taking of 2.9 acres of property located in Sandy Springs in north Atlanta perimeter area. Settlement was for $7 million. Property was taken as part of a city center project for the construction of a combined city hall and performing arts complex to be surrounded by a park. Settlement represented a 100 percent increase over the city’s appraisal.
  • Advised clients on actions to stop a GDOT project for a bypass in south Georgia, with the project ultimately rejected by local governing authorities and abandoned by the GDOT.
  • Successfully concluded an appeal establishing for the first time under Georgia law that a loss of mineral inventory in a GDOT real estate taking could be used to establish a business loss claim for the company that held the right to mine and process the mineral.
  • Obtained a jury verdict against the GDOT in a case involving a recreational lake-oriented convenience store in central Georgia. The verdict results in an award of $1.22 million to the client, a gasoline and oil jobber, a sum 289 percent higher than that paid into court by the GDOT on commencement of the litigation.

Professional Honors & Activities:

  • President – State Bar of Georgia (2013 – 2014)
  • Named to Who’s Who in Law in Metro Atlanta by Atlanta Business Chronicle
  • Member – American Bar Association (Eminent Domain Committee, Real Estate Section)
  • Member – Atlanta Bar Association
  • Member – Macon Bar Association
  • Member – Lawyers Club of Atlanta


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