ATLANTA – Today Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI), announced the appointment of Nina R. Hickson to serve as Vice President and General Counsel. In this capacity, she will be 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 her appointment as Vice President and General Counsel of ABI, Nina R. Hickson served as the Ethics Officer for the City of Atlanta. In this role she was responsible for educating all city officials and employees of the requirements for conducting city business in compliance with the City’s Code of Ethics. She also oversaw the City’s financial disclosure process and prosecutes violations of the Ethics Code.
Immediately prior to serving as Atlanta’s Ethics Officer, Attorney Hickson served as Interim City Manager for the city of East Point where she had been the City Attorney for six years. As the chief legal officer for the municipal government, she provided legal services related to all civil litigation, administrative hearings, economic development initiatives, legislative proposals and commercial transactions for the City. During her tenure as City Attorney, she created a legal department with an outstanding reputation for professionalism and responsiveness.
Prior to assuming the role of City Attorney for East Point, Attorney Hickson held prominent legal positions within the Atlanta Judicial Circuit and the Fulton County Justice System. Before these appointments, Hickson practiced law for 15 years in a variety of capacities including Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, General Counsel for the Atlanta Housing Authority, General Counsel and Vice President for Atlanta Life Insurance Company, and Vice President and Associate General Counsel to Primerica Financial Services, a subsidiary of the Citigroup Corporation.
Her extensive community involvements have included the membership on various boards and civic organizations in metropolitan Atlanta and her commitment to community service has resulted in her receiving numerous awards and recognition. Hickson received her Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in Journalism from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and her Doctor of Law degree from Emory University of Atlanta.
“We are pleased to have someone of Nina’s caliber join our team”, stated Paul F. Morris, Atlanta BeltLine CEO. “Her wealth of legal knowledge and experience and her high standard of professionalism and excellence will ensure that ABI is well represented.”