Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
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.