John E. Parkerson, Jr.

191 Peachtree Street, NE
Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30303

Mr. Parkerson is an attorney in the international practice group at Hall Booth Smith. 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 law; sustainable airport area development; and governmental affairs. Parkerson’s expertise also supports his clients’ other legal 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 in February 2012, 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 regarding 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; 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.

Parkerson also is an educator: he has been an adjunct professor of Contracts Drafting at Emory’s School of Law for the past seven years; and he recently taught an MBA International Practicum-Hungary, at Georgia Institute of Technology. He formerly was Clayton State University’s Director of International Programs and Assistant Professor of International Business/Global Logistics. During his Army career, Parkerson served three years as Associate Professor of Law at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

In 2007, the Government of Hungary appointed Mr. Parkerson as its Honorary Consul General and Foreign Trade Counselor. In that role, Parkerson represents Hungary’s consular and trade interests in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama; and he serves on the Board of the Atlanta Consular Corps as its Secretary. In addition, Parkerson also holds leadership roles in the numerous civic and charitable organizations that are listed on the following page.

EXPERIENCE

Professional and Service Endeavors – Present

  • Honorary Consul General of Hungary (Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama) and Honorary Foreign Economic Counselor (2007-present); Board Member-Secretary, Atlanta Consular Corps (2013-present)
  • Board Member and Past President, World Trade Center Atlanta (2011-present)
  • Board Member, Atlanta Council on International Relations (2015-present)
  • Founding Board Member-Treasurer and Legal Counsel, The Global Soap Project, Inc. (2009-2013); Advisory Board (2013-present)
  • Board Member-Secretary, The Tropics Foundation/Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (2005-present)
  • Trustee, 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)
  • Member, Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce (2017-present)
  • Advisory Board, Atlantic Institute (2013-present)
  • International Advisory Board, Faculty of Business & Economics, University of Pannonia, Veszprem, Hungary (2011-present)

Professional and Service Endeavors – Past

  • 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 (20112013)
  • 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)
  • Finalist, “Governor’s International Award for Individual of the Year,” World Trade Center Atlanta/ Atlanta Business Chronicle (2006 and 2014)

ADMITTED

  • State Bar of Georgia, 1978
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1986

EDUCATION

  • 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)

MEMBERSHIPS

  • 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)
By:  John E. Parkerson, Jr., Esq. and Katja Demmel A January 24, 2018 federal court jury conviction in Madison, Wisconsin serves as a serious warning to companies about
By:  John E. Parkerson, Jr., Esq. and Sandro Stojanovic, Esq. On October 5, 1961, a large number of countries signed the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization for
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
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
Think for a moment about the international business opportunities that Georgia companies already are realizing. Just last year, according to recently-released data, Georgia exports were
Think for a moment about the international business opportunities that Georgia companies already are realizing.  Just last year, according to recently-released data, Georgia exports were
Practice Specific Experience

Mr. Parkerson is an attorney in the international practice group at Hall Booth Smith. 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 law; sustainable airport area development; and governmental affairs. Parkerson’s expertise also supports his clients’ other legal 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 in February 2012, 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 regarding 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; 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.

Parkerson also is an educator: he has been an adjunct professor of Contracts Drafting at Emory’s School of Law for the past seven years; and he recently taught an MBA International Practicum-Hungary, at Georgia Institute of Technology. He formerly was Clayton State University’s Director of International Programs and Assistant Professor of International Business/Global Logistics. During his Army career, Parkerson served three years as Associate Professor of Law at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

In 2007, the Government of Hungary appointed Mr. Parkerson as its Honorary Consul General and Foreign Trade Counselor. In that role, Parkerson represents Hungary’s consular and trade interests in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama; and he serves on the Board of the Atlanta Consular Corps as its Secretary. In addition, Parkerson also holds leadership roles in the numerous civic and charitable organizations that are listed on the following page.

EXPERIENCE

Professional and Service Endeavors – Present

  • Honorary Consul General of Hungary (Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama) and Honorary Foreign Economic Counselor (2007-present); Board Member-Secretary, Atlanta Consular Corps (2013-present)
  • Board Member and Past President, World Trade Center Atlanta (2011-present)
  • Board Member, Atlanta Council on International Relations (2015-present)
  • Founding Board Member-Treasurer and Legal Counsel, The Global Soap Project, Inc. (2009-2013); Advisory Board (2013-present)
  • Board Member-Secretary, The Tropics Foundation/Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (2005-present)
  • Trustee, 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)
  • Member, Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce (2017-present)
  • Advisory Board, Atlantic Institute (2013-present)
  • International Advisory Board, Faculty of Business & Economics, University of Pannonia, Veszprem, Hungary (2011-present)

Professional and Service Endeavors – Past

  • 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 (20112013)
  • 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)
  • Finalist, “Governor’s International Award for Individual of the Year,” World Trade Center Atlanta/ Atlanta Business Chronicle (2006 and 2014)

ADMITTED

  • State Bar of Georgia, 1978
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1986

EDUCATION

  • 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)

MEMBERSHIPS

  • 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)
By:  John E. Parkerson, Jr., Esq. and Katja Demmel A January 24, 2018 federal court jury conviction in Madison, Wisconsin serves as a serious warning to companies about
By:  John E. Parkerson, Jr., Esq. and Sandro Stojanovic, Esq. On October 5, 1961, a large number of countries signed the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization for
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
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
Think for a moment about the international business opportunities that Georgia companies already are realizing. Just last year, according to recently-released data, Georgia exports were
Think for a moment about the international business opportunities that Georgia companies already are realizing.  Just last year, according to recently-released data, Georgia exports were
Practice Specific Experience