John Hopkins


Atlanta, Georgia

John Hopkins is a member of the Corporate and Business Department at Taylor English. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and insurance regulatory and transaction matters. Mr. Hopkins has more than 30 years of cumulative service on the boards of NYSE and NASDAQ–listed corporations, with service on executive, nominating/governance and compensation committees.

From 1965–1993, Mr. Hopkins was a senior corporate partner at an Atlanta-based, international corporate law firm, where he was lead outside corporate and acquisition counsel for a number of the largest corporations based in the Southeast. During those years he also served as acquisition, corporate and board counsel for three of the largest life insurers in the region. From 1993–2003, Mr. Hopkins served as General Counsel for Jefferson-Pilot Financial, including its life insurance and broadcast subsidiaries, where he led the legal effort on acquisitions totaling $2 Billion and supervised corporate compliance, including internal audits. From 2003 until joining Taylor English in 2009, Mr. Hopkins served as counsel to a transatlantic, full-service law firm. Mr. Hopkins has appeared in hearings before the Insurance Departments of many states, including Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, and New Hampshire.

For approximately 10 years, Mr. Hopkins was Chair of the Corporate Code Revision Committee of the Corporate Section of the State Bar of Georgia. He has spoken extensively on corporate governance and ethics matters at the Tulane Corporate Law Institute, where he was a member of the planning committee, at the Terry (UGA) and McColl Graduate Schools of Business Directors’ Colleges, and he chaired the panel on legal ethics and corporate governance at the Georgia Bar’s 25th Annual Business Law Institute. He has been engaged as an expert witness in litigation involving major corporate governance matters and has served as an arbitrator in disputes involving insurance industry transactions.


  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia


  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2014, 2023
  • Atlanta Corporate Governance Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Corporate and Corporate Governance, 2007–2022
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Georgia Super Lawyers, 2006–2014, Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Who’s Who Legal Georgia, Corporate Governance and Insurance
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Who’s Who in America

Practice Areas

  • Corporate & Business
  • Finance & Securities
  • Mergers & Acquisitions


  • University of Virginia Law School, LLB, cum laude, 1965
  • Vanderbilt University, BA, 1959

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia