Firm News

Our firm has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report in its 2016 ranking of "Best Law Firms" as a Metropolitan Tier 1 Law Firm. The 2016 rankings are based on the highest number of participating law firms and highest number of client ballots on record. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4% of practicing attorneys in the U.S. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.

On November 16th, Patrick will be speaking about the Legal and Practical Considerations of Annexation at the National Business Institute in Atlanta. The seminar is entitled, Land Use Law: Current Issues in Subdivision, Annexation and Zoning.

Warren has been elected to the 2016 class of SuperLawyers. SuperLawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. No more than 5% of all attorneys are ever selected as a SuperLawyer.

Warren Power has been invited by the Dean of Mercer University's law school to serve a second term on the school's Board of Visitors. The Board of Visitors serves in an advisory capacity to the Dean of the law school, its faculty, and student body in strengthening the school's total educational enterprise. In addition to assisting the school respond to the challenges facing legal education today, the Board provides leadership and guidance related to career admissions, curriculum, career services, fundraising and strategic plans for the school's future.

We are happy to announce that Warren Power has once again been chosen for inclusion in the 2016 edition of the Best Lawyers in America. Best Lawyers is one of the oldest peer review publications in the legal profession. Last year's edition included 52,488 attorneys, and inclusion was based on more than 5.5 million peer evaluations. If the peer review is positive enough for inclusion in Best Lawyers, inclusion in subsequent years is a testament to continued high regard of the lawyer by his peers. Warren has been included in Best Lawyers since 2009.

Patrick Jaugstetter recently secured a victory in the Georgia Court of Appeals for his client, the Henry County Board of Tax Assessors. In Surette v. Henry County Board of Tax Assessors, Court of Appeals Case #A15A0218, the Georgia Court of Appeals agreed with Patrick's argument and ruled that a property owner cannot seek an appeal of a subsequent year's tax valuation after agreeing, in an earlier case, to be bound to a higher value in the subsequent year. The case clarified the application of the doctrine of estoppel would apply in a property tax appeal case.

Emily "Ruthie" Keister has joined Power ▪ Jaugstetter as an associate attorney. Ruthie received her Juris Doctorate degree from Georgia State University College of Law and her undergraduate degrees from Southern Methodist University where she majored in Convergence Journalism and Political Science. She will be concentrating in eminent domain and local government work. Ruthie is a native Atlantan and graduate of Woodward High School.

In February, 2015, at trial in the Superior Court of Henry County, Warren R. Power and Patrick D. Jaugstetter, on behalf of the Georgia Department of Transportation, prevailed against a business loss claim, and simultaneously saved the tax payers over $540,000 in additional compensation sought by the fee owner of the condemned property. The case had been pending for almost 5 years and involved pre-trial appeals to both the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. The firm, representing the Georgia Department of Transportation, sought certiorari to the State Supreme Court seeking to overturn an appellate decision of the Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court granted Certiorari and Warren R. Power argued the case in the Supreme Court on behalf of the State in September, 2013. Subsequently, In January, 2014, the Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals decision holding that only a corporation, not an individual shareholder, may bring business loss claims in a condemnation action. The effort of this decision was to prevent an out of time appeal, wrongfully brought, from being pursued.

Power ▪ Jaugstetter has once again been selected for inclusion in the 2015-2016 U.S. News - Best Lawyersrankings as a Tier 1 Ranked Firm. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. U.S. News has more than two decades of experience in providing the public with the most accurate and in-depth rankings. The 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America includes lawyers covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia. These rankings are defined by practice area, both nationally and by metropolitan areas. The U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firm" rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes a collection of client and lawyers evaluations, peer review from leading lawyers in their field. Peers voted on the expertise, responsiveness, integrity, cost-effectiveness, whether they would refer a matter to a firm and whether they consider the firm a worthy competitor. Achieving this high ranking is a special distinction that signals a unique combination of excellence and breadth of expertise. Full data for Power ▪ Jaugstetter, as well as all lawyers and law firms that received this recognition is available on line at

Once again, Warren R. Power and Anne W. Sapp, have been singled out and individually named to The Best Lawyers in America 2015.

Warren R. Power has been selected for inclusion in the Edition of Georgia's Top Rated Lawyers. This is the fifth annual recognition of top-rated lawyers by Martindale-Hubble and ALM, publisher of Corporate Counsel, The American Lawyers, and The National Law Journal. For more than a combined 170 years, Martindale-Hubble and ALM have recognized top-rated lawyers in legal ability and ethical standards.

In September, 2014, Patrick Jaugstetter was named county Attorney for Henry County. Patrick had previously served as Henry County's primary attorney from 2003-2008.

In the Spring, 2014, Patrick Jaugstetter has been appointed to the Board of the McDonough Downtown Development Authority. The Authority is tasked with the duty to revitalize and redevelop downtown McDonough. Mr. Jaugstetter's extensive experience in real estate development and finance will be of great service to the McDonough Downtown Development Authority.