State Bar of Georgia Swears in First African-American President

Edited by Titus Falodun | 6/13/2014, 8:47 a.m.
Justice Robert Benham (far right) of the Supreme Court of Georgia administered the oath office, as Patrise Perkins-Hooker (left) was installed as the 52nd president of the State Bar of Georgia on Saturday, June 7. (Courtesy photo)

Atlanta’s Patrise Perkins-Hooker was installed as the first African -American (52nd overall) president of the State Bar of Georgia this week, during the organization’s annual meeting at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. Justice Robert Benham of the Supreme Court of Georgia administered the oath office.

Perkins-Hooker is also third woman to serve as president of the 46,000-member State Bar. Perkins-Hooker is vice president and general counsel for the Atlanta BeltLine Inc. In this capacity, she is responsible for all legal matters including general corporate transactions, corporate governance, compliance and risk management and a wide variety of real estate-related matters including transactional work and negotiations.

Prior to joining the Atlanta BeltLine, she was a partner with the law firm of Hollowell, Foster & Gepp, PC, where she led the Commercial Real Estate Group. In this capacity, she assisted businesses with the formation of their entities, contract negotiations and resolution of construction disputes, and provided oversight for various aspects of commercial real estate developments, acquisitions and land use matters. She assisted with several major Atlanta BeltLine Project acquisitions in her private practice prior to joining the Atlanta BeltLine team.

Perkins-Hooker has served on the Board of Governors and Executive Committee of the State Bar and as secretary (2011-12), treasurer (2012-13) and president-elect (2013-14). She is also a past chair of the Bar’s Real Property Law Section, parliamentarian of the Atlanta Planning and Advisory Board, and the founding chair of Neighborhood Planning Unit-Q. She is also the chair of Hosea Feed the Hungry’s Board of Directors.

Perkins-Hooker is a graduate of Georgia Tech and the Emory University Law and Business Schools. She was admitted to the Bar in 1984.