Parks F. Huff
Upon graduating from Emory University in 1988 with an Anthropology degree, I took a year off from school and worked as a Congressional Aide to George "Buddy" Darden. After talking to Congressman Darden and my Uncles Sam and Mike Huff about their experiences as lawyers, I decided to go to the University of Georgia School of Law. Law was a family profession and tradition, with my Grandmother, Helen Huff, being the first female lawyer in Cobb County and with two of her four sons being long-time Marietta lawyers.
After graduating from the University of Georgia cum laude, I had the privilege of accepting a Staff Attorney position with then Cobb Superior Court Chief Judge Watson L. White. The experience was invaluable. Judge White embodies the term "judicial temperament" and his seasoned staff knew more about the legal system than most lawyers.
In 1994, I accepted a position in the Cobb County Attorney's office. In my three-year tenure as an Assistant County Attorney, I had the opportunity to represent the Planning and Zoning Department, Code Enforcement Division, Tax Board of Equalization, Tax Commissioner, Business License Division, Department of Transportation and the Board of Commissioners in state and federal litigation.
In 1997, Garvis Sams and Joel Larkin asked me to join their firm. They were frequent adversaries when I worked for the County and I knew it would be enjoyable working for them. After practicing with the firm for five years, I was invited to become a Partner in 2002. My practice allows me to tackle a wide range of problems for clients. I continue to use the experience from my Cobb County employment to represent individuals and businesses that have disputes with either county or municipal governments, be it property tax disputes, eminent domain issues for road projects, development disputes or acquiring alcohol licenses for restaurants and other businesses. Experience in development has also provided relevant experience for all forms or real estate litigation, from disputes over construction contracts, trespasses, erosion and boundary line disputes.
Areas of Practice
- 20% Eminent Domain - Condemnation
- 20% Real Estate or Business Litigation
- 20% Real Property Tax Appeals
- 20% Zoning/Land Entitlement
- 20% Alcohol Licensing
- Georgia, 1992
- Georgia Court of Appeals, 1997
- Supreme Court of Georgia, 2001
- University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
- J.D. summa cum laude
- Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
- Major: Anthropology
- Columbia Properties
- Pinnacle Orthopedic
- Windsong Properties
- Wee Tender Care
- Forestar Real Estate Group f/k/a Temple Inland
- Atlanta Real Estate Acquisitions
- The Orchards Group
- Marriott International
- Ashton Woods Homes
- Shawshank Ltd.
- Sharp Residential
- Pinnacle Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists, LLC
- Right in the Community, Inc.
- The Landon Group
- The Marietta Diner and affiliated restaurants.
- Involuntary Confinement for Tuberculosis Patients, Emory University School of Medicine/CDC, 1997 - 2004
Honors and Awards
- Cobb County Chamber - Leadership Class 2004, 2003 - 2004
- Right in the Community - Executive Director's Award, 2006
Professional Associations and Memberships
- State Bar of Georgia, Member, 1992 - Present
- Cobb County Bar Association, Member, 1993 - Present
Past Employment Positions
- Chief Judge Watson L. White, Cobb Superior Court, Staff Attorney, 1992 - 1994
- Cobb County Government, Associate County Attorney, 1992 - 1997
Pro Bono Activities
- Board Member - Right in the Community - Assisting the Development Community, 2002 - Present
- Local Government Lobbying
- Local Government Licensing, including alcohol
- Property Taxation Valuation and Exemption