Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Jennifer Hightower is executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Cox Enterprises. Hightower leads Cox’s legal function and serves as corporate secretary supporting the company’s Board of Directors. She is also the lead legal advisor on policy and strategic initiatives related to Cox’s lines of business.
Prior to her time with Cox Enterprises, Hightower was the senior vice president and general counsel of law and policy for Cox Communications where she oversaw Cox’s compliance, legal operations, regulatory and corporate government affairs. She joined Cox in 1997 as legal counsel and later was promoted to assistant general counsel, where she oversaw all transactional and operational legal support.
Prior to joining Cox, she served in various legal positions at BellSouth Corporation, RaceTrac, Inc. and Drew, Eckl & Farnham.
In 2005, Hightower was honored as a Rising Georgia SuperStar Attorney. She is the recipient of the Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT) Wonder Woman Award, Woman to Watch Award, Mentor of the Year Award and has been recognized as one of the most Influential Women in Cable and as a CableFax Top Lawyer multiple years in a row. Hightower was also honored as the Top General Counsel of Large Departments by the American Corporate Counsel Association Chapter of Georgia.
Hightower is a board member on the Emory Board of Directors and the Emory Law School Advisory Board and Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta.
She holds a law degree from the Emory University School of Law, and a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University. Hightower is also a graduate of the Stanford Executive Management Program. She has been named a “Georgia Super Lawyer,” is a graduate of the 2012 Leadership Atlanta class and currently serves on the boards of Pro Bona Partnership of Atlanta, the Emory Visitors Board and the Emory Legal Advisory Board. She is the past chair of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation, and prior Board member for YMCA Greater Atlanta and Covenant House of Georgia.
She is married to an entrepreneur and is the mom of three young men.