By:  John E. Parkerson, Jr., Esq. and Sandro Stojanovic, Paralegal On October 5, 1961, a large number of countries signed the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (the “Convention”), a multinational treaty establishing the procedures through which a document issued in one of the countries that is party to the Convention can be certified for legal uses in other countries that are parties. The form of this certification is called an apostille. The U.S. is a party to the Convention, and each U.S. state has a procedure and authorized entity that is responsible for issuing apostilles. If you plan on using a certified or notarized document in another country for legal purposes, you first have to examine the Hague Convention to determine if the other country is a party. This list of member countries is found at:  https://www.hcch.net/en/instruments/conventions/status-table/?cid=41 . If the country is not on…       Read More

On Tuesday March 22nd, Of Counsel John Parkerson will be speaking on a panel program organized by World Affairs Council of Atlanta’s Young Leaders and the French-American Chamber of Commerce-Atlanta Chapter (“FACC-Atlanta”).  The event will be held at the Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediation at Georgia State University’s College of Law and is titled, “Keeping the Door Ajar? Immigration and Refugee Policy in Today’s World.”  Mr. Parkerson will be joined by: Dr. Dabney Evans – Associate Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University; Ms. Paedia Mixon – CEO, New American Pathways; and Hon. Ted Terry – Mayor, City of Clarkston. For more information, click here

Am Yisrael Chai recently held its annual “Courage and Compassion” International Holocaust Remembrance in Sandy Springs. The keynote speaker was Judge/Professor Thomas Buergenthal. Hall Booth Smith’s Of Counsel John Parkerson wrote about Judge Buergenthal from a personal and professional prospective. See the full article from GlobalAtlanta here: http://www.globalatlanta.com/courage-and-compassion-a-lucky-child-survives-auschwitz/

John Parkerson was a guest speaker/panelist, with the Ambassador of the European Union to the United States and the Deputy Consul General of Germany in Atlanta, on an Atlanta Council for International Relations program on the “European Refugee Crisis”.  GlobalAtlanta covered the event and has a full story on it here: http://www.globalatlanta.com/96191-2/ . More photos of the event can be found here: http://atlantacir.org/myportfolio/refugee-crisis-in-europe-4/

By: John E. Parkerson, Jr., Esq. International businesses are inquiring about recent developments with respect to sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic of Iran.  Most recognize from media reports, televised Presidential debates, political pundits, and from other sources that the U.S. recently was party to some kind of agreement with Iran that purported to ease sanctions on Iran in exchange for limitations on its nuclear program.   That “agreement” is the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”) between the E3/EU+3 (China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States) and Iran; and it was concluded on July 14 this year. The debate in the U.S. over whether the agreement actually will be effective in curbing Iran’s nuclear program likely will continue for quite some time.  While nuclear program issues continue to be hotly discussed and highly publicized, I surmise that most U.S. companies are at a…       Read More

Hall Booth Smith international business attorney John Parkerson has been selected to join the Board of Directors of  the Atlanta Council on International Relations (“ACIR” http://atlantacir.org).  The ACIR is a non-profit and non-partisan educational organization, dating from the early 1950s, that promotes understanding of international affairs through the free exchange of ideas.   Its monthly lunch programs at the Capital City Club in Atlanta enhance participants’ informed opinion on current issues of foreign policy.

On June 2nd John E. Parkerson, Jr., Immediate Past President of the World Trade Center Atlanta and international business attorney at HBS,  accepted for the WTC Atlanta a generous grant from former Mayor of Atlanta and President of the Buckhead Coalition Sam Massell.  Parkerson was President of the WTC Atlanta during its December 2013 move to Buckhead, where it is located in partnership with the City Club of Buckhead.  The Buckhead Coalition funds the grants from sales proceeds of the annual Buckhead Guidebook, which is available at Barnes & Noble and other area bookstores.  The Coalition is a nonprofit civic group of 100 business leaders in this northern quadrant of the City of Atlanta, with a mission to “Nurture the quality of life of those who live, visit, work, and play” in its twenty-eight square miles.   Chastain Park Conservancy, Garden Hills Pool and Park Ass’n., Museum of Contemporary Art of…       Read More

Hall Booth Smith attorneys John Parkerson and Brad Carver hosted breakfast discussions for a high-level trade delegation from the Government of Dubai, U.A.E., at HBS offices March 26, 2015.  Delegation members included representatives from Dubai’s Department of Economic Development, Dubai Investment Development Agency, Dubai Free Trade Zones, and the US Commercial Service-Dubai.  The World Trade Center Atlanta (Parkerson is immediate past President and current Board member) and HBS coordinated the 2.5 day trade mission with participation from the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Georgia Department of Economic Development, City of Atlanta, Georgia Foreign-Trade Zone, and UPS.  Mr. Carver, Senior Managing Director of HBS’ Government Affairs practice, arranged delegation meetings with Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black and a recognition proclamation from the Georgia House of Representatives.  The delegation also met Atlanta City Council members, including President Ceasar Mitchell; and officials from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, including General Manager Miguel Southwell.  Several Dubai trade…       Read More