(ATLANTA – June 26, 2014) The Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA), which is comprised of the Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Dome, Centennial Olympic Park, and the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, recently announced the appointment of Pargen Robertson as In-House Counsel for the Authority.
Robertson has practiced law for over eighteen years and previously was a partner in the Atlanta firm of Owen, Gleaton, Egan, Jones & Sweeney, LLP. He has represented the GWCCA since joining that firm, and has served as the GWCCA’s Special Assistant Attorney General since 2003. In this capacity Mr. Robertson’s practice has encompassed many legal matters affecting public assembly facility operations, the hospitality industry, and governmental law. Mr. Robertson credits the late Tim Sweeney, who preceded Robertson as the GWCCA’s Special Assistant Attorney General, for guiding Robertson early in his career.
“We will miss Pargen, but we are proud that he will be serving the Geo. L. Smith II Georgia World Congress Center Authority on a full-time basis. We hope to continue our long-term relationship with the Authority, which started with the efforts of Tim Sweeney more than thirty years ago.” – H. Andrew Owen, Co-Founder of Owen Gleaton Egan Jones & Sweeney, LLP
Robertson earned his undergraduate degree (B.A., 1989) from Tulane University and his law degree (J.D., cum laude, 1996) from Tulane University School of Law. Prior to law school, Robertson served as an officer in the United States Navy, serving onboard USS America (CV-66), an aircraft carrier home-ported out of Norfolk, Virginia. After law school, he served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Nauman S. Scott, United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana (1996-1997).
“We are excited to bring Pargen in as part of the GWCCA team. With the number of projects on the line for us including the new stadium, a possible hotel development, managing the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center and other business opportunities, the Authority believes an in-house counsel is necessary.” – Frank Poe, GWCCA Executive Director.
Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority — which includes the 3.9 million square foot convention center, the 71,250-seat Georgia Dome and 21-acre Centennial Olympic Park — ranks among the top five largest convention destinations in the country, as well as one of the best sports and entertainment campuses in the world.