O.V. Brantley has spent her career advising the decision makers in her community. She is one of the few attorneys who has served as County Attorney for two large urban counties. She was confirmed as County Attorney by the seven-member Fulton County Board of Commissioners in 1999 and served in that capacity for over eight years. Later, after being recruited out of retirement, she was confirmed as County Attorney by the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners in 2013 and served for four years. Between those permanent positions, she also served as Interim East Point City Attorney and Interim Hall County Attorney.
She is proud that her career afforded her the opportunity to advise those who make decisions for the rest of the citizenry, to work on the resolution of the myriad of issues that arise in urban settings and to mentor young lawyers. The problem-solving aspect of her work as a local government attorney led her to become a certified mediator after retirement.
Before being appointed Fulton County Attorney, Ms. Brantley practiced law in the City of Atlanta Law Department. Mentored early in her career by former City Attorney Marva Jones Brooks, she rose through the ranks of the City Law Department and was Deputy City Attorney when she was appointed to serve as the Fulton County Attorney. She litigated in state courts as well as federal courts where she specialized in representing the Atlanta Police Department. She also advised the Mayor and City Council.
Ms. Brantley received her law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1978 where she was an Earl Warren Fellow. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Journalism in 1975 from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. While at the University of Arkansas, she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society and was a founding member of the Lambda Theta Chapter of her beloved sorority Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. In 2019 she was inducted into the University of Arkansas Journalism Department’s Lemke Hall of Honor.
Ms. Brantley served on the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation Board of Directors in Little Rock, Arkansas for six years. She received the Pinnacle Award from the East Point/College Park chapter of Delta Sigma Theta in 2007. In 2018 she was inducted into the Gate City Bar Hall of Fame and in 2019 the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys awarded Ms. Brantley the Leah Ward Sears Award for Distinction in the Profession. She currently serves as Chairperson of the Board of Ethics for South Fulton, GA., and was appointed by City of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to serve on the Task Force for the Promotion of Public Trust.
Always a believer in work-life balance, Ms. Brantley is an avid and passionate quilter. Her quilts are in private collections all over the country including the collection of Ms. Oprah Winfrey, and two of her quilts are included in the documentary book Georgia Quilts – Piecing Together a History. She also is one of the founders of the Atlanta Quilt Festival, now in its 12th year.
While Ms. Brantley has had a fulfilling professional career and has enjoyed traveling the world to indulge her quilting hobby, her highest and best work has been being the mother of India, who grew up under her desk and is now her best friend.