International business attorney John Parkerson will deliver opening remarks on Friday at an invitation-only reception and lunch discussion on global affairs with U.S. Senator David Perdue and General Richard Hawley, USAF (retired).  Parkerson a representative on the Atlanta Advisory Council of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, which works in our nation’s capital and across the country to strengthen America’s civilian-led tools — development and diplomacy — alongside defense. By advocating for a strong International Affairs Budget, the USGLC is working to make America’s international affairs programs a keystone of U.S. foreign policy.  Parkerson is a frequent speaker on international affairs topics.

Hall Booth Smith international business attorney John Parkerson on Friday, July 21 attended the “Doing Business in Africa Investment Forum,” where he moderated a panel discussion titled “Africa Is Not A Country – Health in Perspective.” Panelists included the Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Liberia, Hon. Cynthia Blandford; International Association of National Public Health Institutes, U.S. Secretariat, Dr. Sue Binder; and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Advisor on the Zika response, Yarkasah Peter Paye. Panelists focused on public health challenges facing Africa, and the recent significant successful responses, following Ebola and other health crisis on that continent. The photos show Parkerson and dignitaries attending from Africa, including among others Hon. Alhaji Minkalailu Mansaray, the Minister of Mines & Mineral Resources of Sierra Leone; and representatives from Nigeria, Ghana, and Republic of Liberia.

Hall Booth Smith was a proud sponsor of the World Trade Day on May 2nd, along with Of Counsel John Parkerson attending the event. In 1935, FDR officially proclaimed that each May there should be a national observance of the benefits of global trade and investment.  Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal, in a Proclamation, declared May 2 as World Trade Day in the State of Georgia; and the World Trade Center Atlanta recognized that event by organizing the 1st Annual World Trade Day in Georgia, which yesterday convened CEOs, policy-makers, scholars, and other thought leaders to discuss our most pressing international trade and investment issues.    Global trade’s economic impact within Georgia is clear:  according to recent data, Georgia ranks as the 11th largest exporting and 7th largest importing state in the U.S.  In fact, in 2016, total trade between Georgia and the world exceeded $121.7 billion and exports surpassed $35.5…       Read More

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