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South Fulton resident is state bar’s first black president
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June 24, 2014 02:37 PM | 2269 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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From left, Patrise Perkins-Hooker, Douglas Hooker and Robert Benham.
Special Photo / From left, Patrise Perkins-Hooker, Douglas Hooker and Robert Benham.
Patrise M. Perkins-Hooker earlier this month became the first African-American and the third woman to serve as president of the State Bar of Georgia.

She was sworn in June 7 as the 52nd president of the 46,000-member organization during its annual meeting by Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham.

“It is a great honor for me to be at the helm of an organization for which I’ve given years of service and from which the citizens of this state should expect quality service,” Perkins-Hooker said in a statement.

The resident of southwest Atlanta’s Cascade community 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 beltline, she was a partner with the law firm of Hollowell, Foster & Gepp, where she was in charge of the commercial real estate group.

In this capacity, she assisted businesses with the formation of their entities, contract negotiations, resolution of construction disputes, and various aspects of commercial real estate developments, acquisitions and land use matters.

Perkins-Hooker is a leader in her profession and engaged in the Atlanta community.

She has previously served on the state bar’s board and executive committee, having been elected secretary in 2011, treasurer in 2012 and president-elect in 2013.

She is also a past chair of the bar’s real property law section, a past parliamentarian of the Neighborhood Planning Unit’s Atlanta Planning and Advisory Board, the founding chair of NPU-Q and the immediate past board chair of Hosea Feed the Hungry.

Perkins-Hooker is an honors graduate of Georgia Tech and earned her graduate degrees from Emory University law and business schools. She was admitted to the bar in 1984. She is married to Douglas R. Hooker, the Atlanta Regional Commission executive director, and they have two children and eight grandchildren.

The State Bar of Georgia, with offices in Atlanta, Savannah and Tifton, was established in 1964 by Georgia’s Supreme Court as the successor to the voluntary Georgia Bar Association, founded in 1884.

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