Charles F. "Chuck" Palmer


Managing Partner - Atlanta Office

Business Phone: 404.885.3402
Business Fax: 404.962.6647


Chuck Palmer's practice encompasses a wide variety of government related matters including representation of clients before state and federal legislative bodies and regulatory agencies; government permitting, licensing, franchising, contracting, zoning, and related development matters; general representation of telecommunications companies; general representation of transportation companies; general representation of electric utility companies; and general representation of clients in the golf industry.

Representative Matters

  • Counsel to Delta Air Lines in the expansion and lease of Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport and various state and federal regulatory matters.
  • Counsel to Verizon Wireless in obtaining local government approvals for the construction of its cellular network in Georgia and in State of Georgia and Southeastern regulatory matters.
  • Counsel to LexisNexis in various governmental matters.
  • Counsel to Emory University on various zoning and land use matters in connection with several campus development projects including new hospital, clinic, academic buildings, and housing.
  • Counsel to Travelex in successful appeal and award of contract for foreign currency exchange services at Atlanta Airport.
  • Counsel to Georgia Department of Economic Development on Caterpillar and Baxter Healthcare new plant projects in 2011-2012.
  • Counsel to Pension Review Panel and City of Atlanta in 2010-11 pension reform.
  • Counsel to Governor Perdue in drafting TSPLOST legislation during 2010 Session of Georgia General Assembly.
  • Counsel to Governor Deal on transportation matters in 2011-2012.
  • Counsel to the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority in various governmental and contract matters.
  • Counsel in the formation and operation of Community Improvement Districts in the Perimeter Mall area and in downtown Atlanta.
  • Counsel to Georgia Power Company in various state and local government matters.
  • Counsel to SBC Communications in merger with AT&T Corporation and to AT&T Inc. in merger with BellSouth.
  • Counsel to the Georgia Department of Corrections in the privatization of three new prisons.
  • Counsel to SBC Telecom, Level 3, US LEC, Teligent, and OnePoint in obtaining local exchange and interexchange authority from the Georgia Public Service Commission.
  • Counsel to Sprint, Southern Telecom, and Metromedia Fiber Networks in obtaining municipal franchises for construction of fiber optic networks.
  • Counsel to Georgia-Pacific Corporation with respect to corporate Political Action Committee matters.
  • Counsel to Columbus-Muscogee County in defense of homestead tax appraisal system before the Georgia Supreme Court and United States Supreme Court.
  • Counsel to the Gwinnett County Board of Elections in an independent candidate’s appeal to superior court and the Georgia Supreme Court.
  • Counsel to Chateau Elan Winery & Resort and Road Atlanta in various expansion and operational matters.
  • Counsel to Anheuser-Busch, Shafer Vineyards, Bronco Wine Company, and various other alcoholic beverage producers, importers, and distributors in Georgia Department of Revenue regulatory matters.
  • Counsel to Brink’s Incorporated, FFE Transportation Services, Independent Freightway, Dry Storage Corporation, Ruan Transport Corporation, Fleet Transport, Missouri-Nebraska Express, Penske Truck Leasing, and Yellow Freight System with respect to Georgia Public Service Commission motor carrier matters.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Woodruff Arts Center - Board of Trustees (2018-2019)
  • Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation - Chairman (2016-2019)
  • PGA Tour Championship - Vice-Chairman (2015-2019)
  • State Capital Group - Chairman (2007-2008)
  • Emory University Board of Visitors (2003-2006)
  • Georgia State Golf Association – General Counsel (2007-2010); President-Elect (2011-2012); President (2013-2014)
  • MARTA Board of Directors (2000-2003)
  • Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan Atlanta - Bureau Attorney (1992-2019)

Rankings and Recognition

  • Chuck Palmer has achieved Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in Administrative/Regulatory Law, Government Relations, and Land Use & Zoning Law (2007-2018)
  • Named “Administrative/Regulatory Law Atlanta Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers (2014, 2017)
  • Selected as a Super Lawyer in Government/Cities/Municipalities by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine (2006-2014)

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP, 1995-present
  • Associate, Troutman Sanders LLP, 1986-1994



  • Emory University, J.D., 1986
    Emory Law Journal, Editorial Board
    Emory Merit Scholarship
  • University of Georgia, B.S., cum laude, 1979
    Phi Kappa Phi and Gamma Sigma Delta Honorary Societies
    National Merit Scholarship
    Georgia State Golf Association Scholarship

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia

Court Admissions

  • Georgia State Courts
  • Georgia Superior Courts
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States