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Charles Ruffin Sworn in as 51st President of State Bar of Georgia

July 1, 2013
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Hilton Head Island, S.C. - Charles L. Ruffin was installed as the 51st president of the 45,000-member State Bar of Georgia on June 22 during the organization’s Annual Meeting. U.S. Tax Court Judge Thomas B. Wells administered the oath of office.

Ruffin is a shareholder in the Atlanta and Macon 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 2005, 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, 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.

Ruffin is also chairman of the State Bar’s Constitutional Law Section and previously chaired its Military Legal Assistance Program Committee. He is also a past president of the Macon Bar Association.
Ruffin is a graduate of Auburn University and Emory University School of Law.

He moves into his new role as State Bar president having served on the Board of Governors and the Executive Committee, as treasurer for two years and, for the past year, as president-elect.


The State Bar of Georgia, with offices in Atlanta, Savannah and Tifton, was established in 1964 by Georgia’s Supreme Court as the successor to the voluntary Georgia Bar Association, founded in 1884. All lawyers licensed to practice in Georgia belong to the State Bar. Its more than 45,000 members work together to strengthen the constitutional promise of justice for all, promote principles of duty and public service among Georgia’s lawyers, and administer a strict code of legal ethics.