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State Bar of Georgia President
Charles L. Ruffin, 2013-14

Charles L. Ruffin was installeCharles L. Ruffin headshotd as the 51st president of the State Bar of Georgia during the Inaugural Gala on Saturday, June 22.

Ruffin is a shareholder in the Macon and Atlanta offices of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C. With more than 30 years 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. Ruffin’s clients include a wide variety of national and international businesses from large multinational corporations to small individually owned businesses. He 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.

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.

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

In addition to chairing the Eminent Domain Section, Ruffin has served as chair of the State Bar of Georgia’s Military Legal Assistance Program Committee since its inception and has served on the Board of Governors and Executive Committee and held the offices of State Bar treasurer (2010-12) and president-elect (2012-13). He is also a past president of the Macon Bar Association.

Ruffin is a graduate of Auburn University and Emory University School of Law.

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