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Clayton State University official joins law firm

A Clayton State University official and assistant professor has joined an Atlanta law firm, where he will serve “of counsel.”

The position means that John E. Parkerson, Jr., will assist in the preparation of cases at Hall Booth Smith and Slover, but will not be the principal attorney of record.

Nina Tickaradze, a spokeswoman for the law firm, said Parkerson will focus on general corporate counseling and international transactions.

“We are pleased and privileged to welcome Mr. Parkerson to our Atlanta office, where he will be joining an outstanding team of talented and accomplished attorneys,” she said.

Parkerson is the director of the Office of International Programs at the Clayton State University College of Business. He also serves as an assistant professor of international business and global logistics, and as a member of the Clayton State University Foundation.

“Mr. Parkerson’s addition represents HBSS’ continued commitment to helping clients with complex domestic and international issues,” said Tickaradze.

Parkerson’s experience also includes having been a partner at FSB FisherBroyles LLP, and 15 years as an international counsel for Delta Air Lines. He has also held a number of international legal assignments with the U.S. Army, said Tickaradze.

Parkerson was appointed honorary consul by the government of Hungary, for Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas. He is also involved in leadership roles with a number of civil and charitable organizations, including the Clayton State University Foundation, the Atlanta World Trade Center, the Global Soap Project Inc., the Tropics Foundation, the Carter Center, the Turkish-American Chamber of Commerce, and the Global Partners Council of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

Parkerson is a graduate of Emory University and the Emory University School of Law. He holds a master’s degree in international relations from Boston University, a master’s degree in history from Emory University, and is an honor graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

He also received an LL.M. in international comparative law from the George Washington University School of Law, graduating with highest honors.