Burr & Forman

Charles W. "Chase" Ruffin

Charles W. Ruffin
  • J.D. cum laude, Georgia State University College of Law (2013)
  • B.A., University of Georgia (2009)
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Georgia

  • Assisted in 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% increase over the city's appraisal.

  • Assisted in settling a case in central Georgia that involved an interference with parking area for and access to a general commercial/retail building and further development on the site. The settlement was for an amount 280 percent higher than sums paid into court by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT).

  • Assisted in successfully mediating an eminent domain matter for an internationally-owned convenience store chain in north Georgia. The case involved a partial loss of access that would cause the site to be unusable as a convenience store. The case settled for $1,075,000, which represented a 142 percent increase over GDOT's original pay-in to the court upon filing the declaration of taking.

  • Assisted in negotiating a $1.1 million settlement of a condemnation case on the eve of a 4-day jury trial. The case concerned an undeveloped commercial outparcel along I-85 in southwest metro Atlanta and involved complicated historical issues. The settlement was nearly twice what the condemnor estimated as just and adequate compensation.

  • Member of a trial team that obtained a jury award of $1.03 million in southwest metro Atlanta in a case involving a complicated deed construction matter by the jury and land valuation issues. The verdict was 730 percent higher than sums paid into court by the GDOT.

  • Assisted as invited amicus curiae on behalf of the Firm and Owners Counsel of America in appeal to the Supreme Court of Georgia. Court ruled in favor of party from whom assistance was requested on issue of when a condemnor may dismiss an appeal following a special master award. Supreme Court opinion salvaged a $5.1 million dollar award for condemnee.

  • Member of a trial team that 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 for the client, a gasoline and oil jobber, a sum 289 percent higher than that paid into court by GDOT on commencement of the litigation.

  • Member of trial team that successfully represented a hotel company in a jury trial involving damage to hotel property's access caused by the GDOT. The jury awarded an amount 400 percent over the Department of Transportation's initial estimate of compensation owed the hotel company.

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Chase Ruffin is an Associate in the firm's General Commercial Litigation practice group where he assists clients in general business litigation matters.

Chase represents large and small businesses, as well as individuals, in a diverse array of business disputes. Practicing in Georgia’s state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels, Chase has litigated cases involving breaches of contract, fraud, negligence, civil theft, and defamation, among numerous other business torts. He has also handled cases involving copyright infringement and shareholder disputes, and he has defended employers against allegations of racial discrimination.

Chase also has substantial experience in the field of condemnation law. Before joining Burr & Forman, Chase concentrated his practice on representing businesses and individuals in eminent domain disputes with state and local governments.

While at Georgia State University College of Law, Chase was a judicial intern in the Supreme Court of Georgia for The Honorable P. Harris Hines. He was also a member and associate articles editor of the Georgia State University Law Review and a pupil in the Logan E. Bleckley Inn of Court.