Attorney - John E. Parkerson, Jr.


John E. Parkerson, Jr.
Of Counsel
HBS Atlanta Office

P: 404-954-5000
F: 404-954-5020
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Mr. Parkerson joined Hall Booth Smith’s international practice group in February 2012.  His practice focuses on general corporate counseling, particularly with respect to international business and related commercial transactions (distribution, agency, licensing, strategic alliances, JVs); international compliance (foreign corruption, export controls); laws applicable to import/export; international aviation liability; sustainable airport area development; and governmental affairs.   Parkerson’s expertise also supports his clients’ other international business needs as they enter foreign or local markets, whether foreign labor/employment, local contract issues, or regulatory/permit requirements. Prior to joining Hall Booth Smith, Parkerson was a Partner at FisherBroyles LLP.  He is admitted to practice law before all Georgia courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.
From 1993 until 2008, Parkerson was part of the international practice group within Delta Air Lines’ Law Department, advising senior management with regard to outbound legal issues ranging from foreign labor and employment issues to international aviation liability and anti-trust, as well as foreign corporate, regulatory, marketing and related business transactions.  Before joining Delta in 1993, Parkerson served as an Army Judge Advocate General (“JAG”) officer in a variety of international law military assignments, including Chief of the International Law Branch in the Office of The Judge Advocate General, The Pentagon; Associate Professor of Law at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; U.S. Forces Europe legal liaison at the U.S. Embassy, Bonn; and international legal advisor at the U.S. Army’s European headquarters in Heidelberg.
In 2007, the Government of Hungary appointed Parkerson as its Honorary Consul for Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas.  In June 2013, Hungary added Honorary Foreign Economic Counselor to Parkerson’s titles for his expertise in that field; and it elevated his position this year to Honorary Consul General.  Parkerson also is an educator:  he is adjunct professor of Contracts Drafting at Emory University School of Law; and formerly was Clayton State University’s Director of International Programs and Assistant Professor of International Business/Global Logistics.   Parkerson also holds leadership roles in numerous civic and charitable organizations, including World Trade Center Atlanta, Georgia Council for International Visitors, Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Global Partners Council, Global Soap Project, Tropics Foundation, Carter Center Board of Advisors, and Atlantic Institute.

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The George Washington University, LL.M., highest honors, International & Comparative Law (1990)
Emory University, J.D., International Studies Award; President, International Law Society (1978) 
Boston University, M.A., International Relations (1985)
Emory University, M.A., History (Diplomatic) (1975)
Emory University, B.A., magna cum laude, History (1974)
U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, honor graduate (1991)
The Hague Academy of International Law, course in Public International Law, The Hague, The Netherlands (1982)


State Bar of Georgia, 1978

U.S. Supreme Court, 1986


Honorary Consul General of Hungary (Georgia and Tennessee) and Honorary Foreign Economic Counselor (2007-present) - Board Member-Secretary
Atlanta Consular Corps (2013-present)
Board Member and Immediate Past President, World Trade Center Atlanta (2011-present)
Board Member-Treasurer and Legal Counsel, The Global Soap Project, Inc. (2009-2013); AdvisoryBoard (2013-present)
Board Member-Secretary, The Tropics Foundation/Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (2005-present)
Board Member, Georgia Council for International Visitors (2005-2011, 2012-present)
Board Member, Arts Clayton (2010-present)
Board of Councilors, The Carter Center (2007-present)
Member, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition - Georgia Advisory Committee (2014-present)
Member, Global Partners Council of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce (2007-present)
Advisory Board, Atlantic Institute (2013-present)
International  Advisory  Board,  Faculty  of  Business  &  Economics,  University  of  Pannonia, Veszprem, Hungary (2011-present)
Board of Trustees Member and Past Chair, Clayton State University Foundation (2001-2014)
Chair, International Transactions Section, Atlanta Bar Association (2005-2007)
Chair, International Promotions Council, Clayton County Chamber of Commerce (1997-2002)
Board Member, Georgia State University’s Center for Global Business Leadership (2004-2008)
Board Member, International Law Section, State Bar of Georgia (2006-2009)
Advisory Board, Istanbul Center of Atlanta (2008-2011)
Turkish American Chamber of Commerce (2011-2013)
Member, Georgia Roundtable of International Professionals (2009-2010)
Member, Section of International Law and Practice, American Bar Association (1978-2008)
Member, Advisory Board, ABA Rule of Law Initiative, Central Europe/Eurasia–Middle East/North Africa (2006-2009)
Member, Executive Committee, Congress of Latin American & Caribbean Air Cargo Agents (2002)
Recipient, “International Business Person of the Year,” Clayton County Chamber of Commerce (2001)

Corporate and International Law Highlights

Delta Air Lines, Inc. -- General Attorney, International -- Law Department

U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps -- Chief, International Law Branch, International & Operational Law Division, Office of The Judge Advocate General, Pentagon

U.S. Military Academy, West Point -- Associate Professor of Law

U.S. Embassy, Bonn -- U.S. Forces Europe Legal Liaison