Patrise Perkins-Hooker graduated from Georgia Tech and received her graduate degrees from Emory University Law and Business Schools. She was the first African-American lawyer to serve as president for the State Bar of Georgia in 2014. Immediately prior to rejoining Johnson & Freeman, she was County Attorney for Fulton County, Georgia. Prior to joining Fulton County, she served as Vice President and General Counsel for Atlanta BeltLine for six years. According to LinkedIn, she was a founder and partner Johnson, Freeman & Perkins-Hooker, from 1994 to 2009 (changed to Johnson & Freeman after her departure). She was a former partner with the law firm of Hollowell, Foster & Gepp, where she oversaw the Commercial Real Estate Group. She is previously the Chair of the Atlanta Board of Zoning Adjustments. She has a Facebook that she posts from infrequently, usually about charity work.