Phaedra Parks stars in the hit Bravo reality series “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” now in its 8th season and one of the network’s highest rated shows. Parks is also a successful attorney, businesswoman, media personality, motivational speaker, author and social activist.
As managing partner of The Parks Group, an Atlanta-based law firm, Parks practices law in the areas of entertainment, intellectual property rights and civil and criminal litigation. Her clients have included celebrities and high-profile individuals and she is actively involved in the Atlanta legal community. She has served as president of the Gate City Bar Association and on the advisory board of the American Bar Association. Parks has been an on-air legal analyst for media outlets including NBC, Fox, CNN, truTV, EXTRA and Entertainment Tonight and has been quoted on legal issues in dozens of publications including The New York Times, Newsweek and People.
A passionate social activist, Parks is a tireless advocate for African-American boys. Through her nonprofit organization Phaedra Foundation she work with communities nationwide on the importance of positive male role models in the lives of black boys. She has spent time with the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and others who have been victims of violence and unjustified killings. Parks is a regular fixture in Washington, D.C., where she works with members of Congress on implementing initiatives to provide opportunities for at-risk youth. Parks is also outspoken on civil rights issues and has gone to cities from Selma, Alabama to Flint, Michigan to fight social injustices.
Parks is the author of the bestselling “Secrets of the Southern Belle: How to Be Nice, Work Hard, Look Pretty, Have Fun, and Never Have an Off Moment,” which provides amusing and entertaining insight and tips on how to have all the charm, confidence and grace of a true Southern Belle. As a motivational speaker, Parks regularly travels around the country speaking to different groups about subjects ranging from business and law to personal growth and achieving success. Also a licensed funeral director, Parks is in the process of opening a funeral home in the greater Atlanta area.
Parks earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Wesleyan College, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia as well as a degree in mortuary sciences from Jefferson State College. She is a Georgia native and currently lives in Atlanta with her two sons, Ayden and Dylan.
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