About

Cathy Hampton, a graduate of Spelman College and Harvard Law School, is a nationally recognized sports, entertainment and corporate attorney. After three decades in public and private practice, she launched The Hampton Firm with a thriving roster of elite NBA, NFL, SEC, ACC, MEAC and PAC12 athletes. Cathy is also a certified NBPA agent. Her legal career began in the New York and London offices of Sherman & Sterling and later to positions of increased leadership at the National Basketball Association, Turner Broadcasting System and EarthLink. She led award-winning law departments as Chief Legal Officer for RARE Hospitality and the City of Atlanta before returning to corporate practice at Womble Bond Dickinson. Cathy is an Independent Director at Ameritech Facility Services and past National Vice Chair of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

As the founder of The Hampton Firm, Cathy has come full circle, leveraging her sports, entertainment, and corporate background in a firm centered on trust and providing exceptional client services.

Cathy negotiates high-stakes sponsorships, contracts, and complex business transactions with public and private companies, professional and top collegiate athletes, content creators, celebrities, and influencers. Her mission is to educate executives, entrepreneurs, and businesses about industry trends, marketing strategies, and best management practices. 

Cathy excels in crisis management and image restoration. Cathy assesses the exposure and risks and then works with her clients to mitigate, develop and execute a crisis response.

Cathy’s success in advising high-tech, start-ups, consumer goods, telecom, and entertainment industries fuels her recent partnerships with companies like APPLE, Netflix, PUMA, HULU, The Fresh Market, French’s Mustard, Mercedes-Benz, AT&T and an expanding venture with DRNX, a clean-label, sugar-free, performance-oriented beverage.

Bar Associations

Certifications

Board Affiliations

  • Independent Corporate Director, Ameritech Facility Services
  • State Bar of Georgia Committee on Professionalism
  • State Bar of Georgia Corporate Counsel Chair
  • Leadership Atlanta
  • Atlanta-Fulton County Recreational Authority (oversight of State Farm Arena and Zoo Atlanta)

Corporate Board Experience

Awards and Recognition