Owners' Counsel of America Attorney Charles L. Ruffin Named 2016 Best Lawyers® Eminent Domain “Lawyer of the Year” in Atlanta

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Owners’ Counsel of America is pleased to announce that Georgia condemnation attorney Charles L. Ruffin has been honored by Best Lawyers® as a 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” for eminent domain law.

Condemnation attorney and OCA Georgia representative, Charles Ruffin, has been named an Atlanta-area eminent domain "Lawyer of the Year" for 2016.

Condemnation attorney and OCA Georgia representative, Charles Ruffin, has been named an Atlanta-area eminent domain "Lawyer of the Year" for 2016.

Best Lawyers rankings are widely recognized in the legal industry. The ‘Lawyer of the Year’ accolade highlights the exceptional skill and commitment attorneys, like Charles Ruffin, exhibit in their professional practice.

Eminent domain attorney Charles L. Ruffin, the Georgia representative of Owners Counsel of America and shareholder in the Atlanta and Macon offices of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, has been named an Atlanta-area “Lawyer of the Year” for eminent domain and condemnation law in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. The “Lawyer of the Year” accolade is particularly significant - only one lawyer in each practice area within a designated metropolitan community is recognized. Attorneys honored as “Lawyer of the Year” received the highest ratings among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity. An explanation of the Best Lawyers methodology is available online at http://www.bestlawyers.com.

Throughout his extensive career spanning more than three decades, Charles L. Ruffin has amassed a variety of litigation experience, particularly in his chosen concentration of eminent domain law. He has tried numerous contested condemnation matters and has secured several multimillion dollar awards of just compensation for his landowner clients. Mr. Ruffin holds an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for eminent domain and condemnation law annually since 2007. In addition, his firm’s Atlanta eminent domain and condemnation law practice group, which Mr. Ruffin leads, has received a First Tier ranking in the U.S. News-Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" publication.

Mr. Ruffin is a past President (2013-2014), former Treasurer (2010-2011) and Founding Chairman of the Eminent Domain Section of the State Bar of Georgia. He is the Georgia member of Owners’ Counsel of America, a nationwide network of leading eminent domain attorneys dedicated to defending private property owners in condemnation and property rights litigation, and served on it's Board of Directors from 2013-2016. He has also served as a Fellow to the American Bar Foundation and the Georgia Bar Foundation. In addition to his professional practice and leadership positions, Mr. Ruffin speaks and writes regularly on issues facing landowners in eminent domain and inverse condemnation litigation.

“Best Lawyers rankings are widely recognized in the legal industry. The ‘Lawyer of the Year’ accolade highlights the exceptional skill and commitment attorneys, like Charles Ruffin, exhibit in their professional practice,” said Cathy Newman, Executive Director of the Owners’ Counsel of America. “Charles is truly deserving of this honor and we congratulate him for achieving this professional distinction.”

The Owners’ Counsel of America (OCA) is a nationwide network of eminent domain attorneys dedicated to protecting the rights of private property owners large and small, locally and nationally, and to advancing the cause of property rights. The lawyers affiliated with OCA are in private practice in nearly every state and represent individual owners against federal, state, and local governments, utilities, redevelopment authorities and other entities armed with eminent domain power. For more information or to locate an eminent domain lawyer in your state, please visit http://www.ownerscounsel.com.

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