Reed names new Atlanta city attorney
11:09 am, September 17th, 2010
Cathy D. Hampton, former general counsel for and secretary for RARE Hospitality International Inc., has been named the Atlanta’s new city attorney by Mayor Kasim Reed, according to Friday morning release from City Hall.
RARE is a restaurant franchiser whose 300-plus chains include the LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille and Bugaboo Creek Steak House chains. Hampton joined the company in 2007; prior to that, she was assistant general counsel for EarthLink Inc., and has also has worked in-house at Turner Broadcasting System Inc. and the National Basketball Association.
“Cathy Hampton brings an impressive breadth and depth of legal experience to the City of Atlanta,” said Reed. “Her knowledge of government compliance issues, corporate law, negotiation and contract administration will be an invaluable asset to the City of Atlanta. She is a seasoned attorney who will make an important difference in the management and leadership of the City’s Law Department.”
Hampton, a 1993 Harvard Law School graduate, attended Spelman College and Oxford University. She takes over from Acting City Attorney Peter A. Andrews; the position had been vacant since May 2009, when Elizabeth Chandler left to take a become general counsel for Ashbury Automotive Group in Duluth.