OUR ATTORNEYS

Warren R. Power

  • Warren Power is a founding member of the firm and has more than twenty-eight (28) years of professional legal experience.
  • ​Warren has an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Registry which is the highest attainable rating as to skill level and integrity. Warren earned his bachelor's degrees from Christopher Newport University in Virginia and his JD degree from Mercer University. Warren is admitted to practice before all State and Federal Courts in Georgia, the United States Eleventh Circuit and the United States Court of Federal Claims. Warren has also been admitted pro hac vice in Alabama and Tennessee and is a member of the Virginia Bar.​
  • Warren has lectured extensively on the topics of land use and eminent domain to members of the Georgia Bar since 2003, and is a Past Chair of the Eminent Domain Section of the State Bar. Warren is a Super Lawyer, is also listed in the Best Lawyers of America and has a "superb" rating from AVVO Lawyers Rating, which is the highest attainable rating. Warren is a past fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an honorary trial lawyer's society, an honor received by less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.​
  • Warren has extensive experience representing clients in land use matters focusing primarily in the complex area of eminent domain. Warren has represented the Georgia Department of Transportation in almost all of its highway projects in Henry County since 1997. Additionally, Warren represented the Department in improvement of projects in Butts, Clayton, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Jasper, Newton, and Spalding Counties. Other governmental entities such as Butts, Clayton and Henry Counties, and the cities of Atlanta, Brookhaven, Decatur, Fayetteville and McDonough have retained Warren to represent them in their eminent domain projects.​
  • Warren has represented the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the Georgia Regional Transit Authority, and the Technical College System of Georgia.​
  • Warren has also represented property owners against the local and federal governments. Warren has represented property owners against all of the cities in Henry County; the City of Riverdale, the City of Sandy Springs, Henry, Clayton, DeKalb and Bibb counties; and the United States of America.​

Areas of Practice

  • Condemnation
  • General Corporate Matters
  • General Civil and Commercial Litigation
  • Real Estate

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia, 1989
  • Georgia Court of Appeals, 1989
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 1989
  • Georgia, 1989

Education 

  • Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, Macon, Georgia
  • J.D. - 1988
  • Christopher Newport University
  • B.A. - 1984
  • Major: History
  • Major: Government

Representative Cases

  • Department of Transportation v. McMeans, 294 Ga. 436 (2014)
  • City of Stockbridge v. Gramm, 297 Ga. App 165 (2009)
  • Tabar, Inc. v. D & D Services, Inc., 267 Ga.App. 659 (2004)
  • Cherwood, Inc. v. Marlin Leasing Corporation, 268 Ga.App. 64 (2004)
  • Catrett v. Landmark Dodge, 253 Ga.App. 639 (2002)
  • Pine Tree Publications Inc. v. Community Holdings, Inc., 242 Ga.App. 689 (2000)

Honors and Awards

  • Georgia's Top-Rated Attorneys, 2012 - 2018 by Martindale-Hubbell and ALM
  • Who's Who, Global Directory of Who's Who Lifetime Member; Top Lawyer, 2012
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2009 - 2018
  • Peer Review Rated: Martindale-Hubbell ''AV Preeminent''; AVVO Lawyer Ratings ''Superb''
  • Best Lawyers Magazine, 2009
  • Super Lawyer Magazine: Corporate Counsel Edition, 2008
  • Super Lawyers, 2007; 2016; 2017; and 2018

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, Board of Visitors, 2012 - 2018
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow, 2009 - 2015
  • State Bar of Georgia, Eminent Domain Section, Chair, 2009
  • State Bar of Georgia, Eminent Domain Section, Chair Elect, 2008
  • State Bar of Georgia, Eminent Domain Section, Secretary, 2007
  • Henry County Bar Association, President, 1998
  • Henry County Bar Association, Vice President, 1997

Other Employment Positions

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Mercer University, 2013 - 2016
  • Appointed Part-Time Magistrate in Henry County, 2007 - 2013
  • Henry County, Eminent Domain Counsel, 2002 - 2009
  • City of Atlanta, Eminent Domain Counsel, 2002 - 2009
  • Part-time Faculty, Paralegal Studies Program, Clayton College & State University, 2004
  • Attorney's Title Guaranty Fund, Licensed Agent, 1997 - Present
  • Special Assistant Attorney General, State Department of Transportation; Georgia Department of Natural Resources; Georgia Regional Transit Authority and Technical College System of Georgia, 1997 - Present

Patrick D. Jaugstetter

  • Patrick D. Jaugstetter is a partner in the law firm of Power ▪ Jaugstetter. Patrick joined the firm in 2008 after serving as County Attorney in Henry County, Georgia for five years (2003-2008). Prior to serving as County Attorney, Patrick was General Counsel at Killearn, Inc., a regional resort development company (1999-2003) and a partner in the law firm of Smith, Welch and Brittain (1993-1999).​
  • Patrick has been practicing law since 1993 and is licensed to practice law in the Georgia Supreme Court, the Georgia Court of Appeals, all State and Superior Courts in Georgia, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.​
  • Patrick's practice focuses primarily on local government law and eminent domain litigation. In recent years, Patrick has represented a number of governmental entities, businesses and individuals in a wide variety of disputed matters, including  fraud claims and class action suits of property owners in property tax appeals and represented individuals and businesses in various contract claims.​
  • In addition to his litigation practice, Patrick has represented buyers, sellers and lenders in hundreds of complex real estate transactions, drafted Restrictive Covenants, assisted in the creation of condominiums under the Georgia Condominium Act, served as Qualified Intermediary in 1031 Exchanges.​
  • Patrick presently serves as County Attorney for Henry County, Georgia, the state's 8th most populated County. In that capacity, Patrick handles a wide range of legal issues, including zoning and land use litigation, tax appeal litigation and civil rights and employment claims in addition to providing general guidance to County Commissioners and staff.
  • Patrick is also a Registered Mediator and is frequently called upon by courts, litigants and their counsel to mediate claims and assist parties in resolving their disputes.​
  • Patrick is a graduate of the University of Georgia (Bachelor of Arts in Economics, 1988) and the Georgia State University College of Law (Juris Doctor, 1993).Recent Results:​
  • Power ▪ Jaugstetter gets Franchisee released from Non-Compete Covenant contained in Franchise Agreement.​
  • After 8 months of litigation in DeKalb and Henry Counties, partner Patrick Jaugstetter was able to gain a Franchisee's release from the Non-Compete Covenants in the Franchise Agreement. After meeting with their client, Patrick filed suit against the Franchisor asking the Court to declare void a non-compete clause in the Franchise Agreement. After eight months of litigation, the Franchisor relented and released the Franchisee from the covenant. The non-compete covenant, if enforced, would have prevented the franchisee from doing business.​
  • Power ▪ Jaugstetter obtains favorable settlement in Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action.​Patrick Jaugstetter recently obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of a client subjected to a class action claim for violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The claim against the client alleged that the client sent Ajunk faxes in violation of the TCPA. The Client faced statutory damages in excess $2,500,000; after defending the allegations, the claim was settled in a manner that resulted in a cash payment by the firm's client of less than $250,000
  • ​Power ▪ Jaugstetter obtains defense verdict in claim for fraud in Federal Court.
  • ​In June, 2010, Patrick Jaugstetter, with the assistance of associate Lauren Thompson, obtained a defense verdict in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in favor of client sued for fraud arising from breach of a Factoring Agreement. The claim alleged that the client, a business owner, engaged in fraudulent conduct in the execution and performance of the Agreement; the Plaintiff sought damages in excess of $1,500,000. The case was tried before a Federal Judge who found in favor of Mr. Jaugstetter's client on all claims alleging fraud.​
  • Power ▪ Jaugstetter obtains directed verdict in favor of client facing claims for fraud.​
  • After three days of trial before a jury in the Superior Court of Henry County, Georgia, Patrick Jaugstetter obtained a directed verdict in favor of a shareholder in a business that was sued for fraud by a vendor. The Plaintiff sought damages in excess of $150,000 from the business owner. At the conclusion of the Plaintiff's case, Mr. Jaugstetter asked the Court to grant a verdict in favor of his client; the Court agreed with Mr. Jaugstetter and entered judgment releasing the business owner from any liability. Mr. Jaugstetter is currently pursuing a claim against the Plaintiff and the Plaintiff's attorney for the recovery of the attorney fees expended by his client in defense of the claims.
  • ​Power ▪ Jaugstetter defends against multiple foreclosure confirmation petitions.​
  • During the first half of 2010, Patrick Jaugstetter has successfully represented multiple property owners against lenders seeking to confirm foreclosure sales. The successful defense of these actions has relieved Patrick's clients of facing lawsuits seeking millions of dollars in judgments.​
  • Power ▪ Jaugstetter successfully defends suit seeking title to clients property.​
  • In early 2010, Warren Power and Patrick Jaugstetter represented a client in trial before a jury in Henry County, Georgia. At trial, the Plaintiff claimed title to property owned by the firm's client. The trial lasted 4 days; after 3 hours of deliberations, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the firm's clients on all claims asserted by the Plaintiff and awarded the firm’s clients over $15,000 in attorney fees.​

Areas of Practice

  • Eminent Domain
  • Zoning/Land Use Law
  • Local Government Law
  • General Civil and Commercial Litigation
  • Real Estate

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1994
  • Georgia, 1993
  • Georgia Court of Appeals, 1993
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 1993

Education

  • Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Juris Doctor - 1993
  • University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
  • Bachelor of Arts - 1988
  • Major: Economics

Representative Cases

  • City of McDonough v. Campbell; 2010 Ga. App. LEXIS 544; 2010 Fulton County D. Rep. 1983 (2010) (2010)
  • Henry County v. RJR Mgmt One, 290 Ga. App. 491 (2008)
  • Steele v. Department of Transportation, 295 Ga. App. 244; 671 S.E.2d 275 (2008) (2008)
  • In re Schoolcraft, 274 Ga. App. 271 (2005)
  • Maddox v. Hayes, 278 Ga.141 (2004)
  • Flippen Alliance for Community Empowerment, Inc. v. Brannen, et al., 267 Ga. App. 134 (2004)
  • Henry County Board of Tax Assessors v. Bunn, 217 Ga. App. 350; 457 S.E.2d 256 (1995)(1995)
  • Westgate Fin. Corp. v. HTCW, Inc., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 66208 (N.D. Ga. 2010)
  • Lake Erma, LLC v. Henry County Bd. of Tax Assessors, 298 Ga. App. 733 (2009)

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Henry County Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Georgia, Eminent Domain Section, Member
  • State Bar of Georgia, Real Estate Section, Member
  • State Bar of Georgia, Local Government Section, Member
  • Henry County, Eminent Domain Counsel, 2008 - Present

Past Employment Positions:

  • Henry County, County Attorney, 2003 - 2008
  • Henry County Probate Court, Judge Pro Tempore, 2002 - 2003
  • City of Stockbridge, Associate City Attorney, 1994 - 1999
  • City of Locust Grove, Associate City Attorney, 1994 - 1999
  • City of Lovejoy, City Attorney, 1998 - 1999

Practice Areas:

  • Business & Corporate Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Condemnation And Eminent Domain
  • Real Estate Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Local Government Law

Ruthie K. Snell

 

  • Ruthie is a native Atlantan and a graduate of Woodward Academy. She received her undergraduate degrees in Convergence Journalism and Political Science from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Ruthie graduated from Georgia State University College of Law with her Juris Doctorate degree. While in law school, Ruthie interned with the Cobb and Gwinnett County District Attorneys' offices, and with Fulton County Superior Court Judges Craig Schwell and Wendy Shoob. 

Areas of Practice:

  • Eminent Domain
  • Local Government Law
  • Real Estate
  • General Civil and Commercial Litigation

Education:

  • Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
  • J.D. - 2014
  • Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
  • B.A. - 2010
  • Major: Convergence Journalism
  • Major: Political Science

              Professional Associations:

  • Georgia Association of Women Lawyers
  • Atlanta Bar Association

Anne W. Sapp

  • Anne Woolf Sapp is "of counsel" with the firm. Anne has more than 26 years of professional legal experience. Anne was a former partner at Dwyer, White and Sapp before starting her own firm of Anne W. Sapp, P.C.
  • Anne has represented the Georgia Department of Transportation her entire professional career, and has been a Special Assistant Attorney general since 1991, having served in such capacity under Attorney's General Michael Bowers, Thurbert Baker and Samuel Olens. Anne has specialized in handling eminent domain matters for the Georgia Department of Transportation all over the State of Georgia.
  • Anne has also served as outside eminent domain counsel for the City of Atlanta. Some of the projects that Anne has handled for the City include the Nancy Creek Sewer Tunnel Project, the Stockade Sewer Easement Project, the Vine/Rock Street Project, the West CSO Project and the Greenspace project.
  • Occasionally, Anne has represented property owners in eminent domain matters against various local governments.
  • Because of her experience in eminent domain matters, Anne has also been selected as a mediator by the parties and their attorneys to facilitate resolution rather than prolonging the litigation.

Experience:

  • Seminar Instruction Experience: Has taught numerous continuing Legal Education courses on eminent domain and land use for more than 20 years including the National ABA Conference, Eminent Domain Trial Practice, Georgia Eminent Domain Trial Practice, Road and Access Law in Georgia, CLE International Eminent Domain Seminar, National Business Institute Eminent Domain Seminar.Successfully defended business loss claim in excess of 2.4 millionAppointed Special Assistant Attorney General under Attorneys General Michael Bowers, Thurbert Baker and Samuel Owens for eminent domain and other real estate acquisition purposes.Acquired thousands of parcels of property for the State of Georgia as a Special Assistant Attorney General.Handled hundreds of condemnation cases for the State of Georgia as a Special Assistant Attorney General.Served as outside eminent domain counsel to the City of Atlanta by assisting in the acquisition of subsurface right of way for the City, DeKalb and Fulton Counties to construct. The Nancy Creek Sewer Tunnel Project - this project extended more than 8.25 miles and affected approximately 300 property owners.Has served as sole or lead counsel in over 50 jury trials.

Employment:

  • Special Assistant Georgia State Attorney General, 1991 to Present, Specialized Litigation – Eminent Domain Partner – Anne W. Sapp, P.C.

Community Service:

  • Usher's New Look Foundation Board of Directors, Vice Chairman Programming, past Secretary; Georgia 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees, Secretary, 2010 Foundation Gala Chairman; High Museum of Art, 2007 High Arts Day Benefit Chairman; Strategic Planning Advisory Committee Children's Healthcare of Atlanta; Camp New Look Advisory Committee, Past Chairman; Volunteer for the Joseph Sams School, a day program for children with significant disabilities; University of Georgia Leadership Advisory Board; Chairman 2005 Ray of Hope Charity Ball, a benefit for The Bridge.

Litigation Percentage:

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

  • Georgia, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1992
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1992
  • Georgia Court of Appeals, 1987
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 1987

Education:

  • EducationUniversity of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
  • J.D. - 1986
  • University of Georgia
  • B.S.H.E. - 1983

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers and Lawyer of the Year Georgia Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, 2012 - Present
  • Super Lawyers Eminent Domain, 2012 - Present
  • Charles N. Pursley Eminent Domain Section Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Eminent Domain Law, 2011 - Present
  • Omicron Delta Kappa Academic Honor Society
  • Blue Key Academic Honor Society
  • Order of Omega Greek Honor Society
  • Palladia University Women Honor Society
  • Recipient of the Hisperia Award Outstanding Greek Woman
  • University of Georgia Homecoming Court
  • University of Georgia Miss Greek Week
  • Moot Court-ABA Team, 1984 - 1985
  • Moot Court Board, 1985 - 1986

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • State Bar of Georgia, Past President and Chairman Eminent Domain Section
  • State Bar of Georgia, Past Editor Eminent Domain Newsletter
  • Atlanta Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Undergraduate: Kappa Delta Sorority – Rush Chairman

Past Employment Positions:

  • Anne W. Sapp, P.C., Special Assistant Georgia State Attorney General, 1991 - 2012