- Practice Areas: Labor and Employment, OFCCP and Affirmative Action Compliance
- Firm: Seyfarth Shaw LLP
- Web Site: http://www.seyfarth.com
William P. Perkins is a partner in the New York office where he advises clients on a wide variety of labor and employment law matters, including all forms of discrimination and harassment claims, reductions-in-force, wage and hour claims, contract negotiations, affirmative action plan design and compliance review defense, executive employment contracts, FMLA issues, day-to-day advice and counsel as well as human resources policies. He regularly represents clients before federal and state administrative agencies, arbitrators, mediators and in the courts.
Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Mr. Perkins practiced labor and employment law as a partner at two major New York law firms and served as General Attorney at both the National Broadcasting Company, Inc. and Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. with responsibility for labor and employment law matters.
Mr. Perkins is the editor of the HR Manual for New York Employers, American Chamber of Commerce Resources, 2005 and co-editor of The FLSA and its Updated Exempt Status Regulations, Society for Human Resource Management and Seyfarth Shaw LLP, 2004; Understanding the FMLA, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, 2003. He is the co-author of the book Guide to Employee Recruitment & Hiring, Warren, Gorham & Lamont, 1996; Mayor Continues to Oppose Equal Benefits Law, New York Law Journal, December 20, 2004; "A Closer look at the Exempt Duties Test," New York Law Journal, August 30, 2004; 'Garrett' Nixed ADA Damage Suits Versus States, New York Law Journal, Apr. 6, 2001; 'Toyota' Makes It A Bumpy Ride for ADA Plaintiffs, New York Law Journal, Mar. 19, 2002; Seniority Systems Trump Americans With Disabilities Act, New York Law Journal, July 29, 2002, and the author of Everything You Wanted To Know About Wage and Hour Investigations, HR Advisor, Warren, Gorham & Lamont, March/April 1997 and A Plant Closing Primer, ALI-ABA Course Materials Journal, October 1988. Mr. Perkins is a frequent speaker at various conferences and seminars on labor and employment law topics and has been a guest lecturer at a number of colleges and universities. He is an adjunct faculty member at Cornell University's School of Industrial & Labor Relations Human Resources Program. He has a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review rating of "A/V." In 2009 and 2010, Mr. Perkins was listed by Legal 500 as one of six "Leading Lawyers" in the United States in the area of Workplace and Employment Law Counseling.
J.D., Western New England College School of Law, cum laude (1980)
American Jurisprudence Awards in Administrative Law, Labor Law and Torts
B.S., Marietta College (1967)
* New York
* U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
* U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
* U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
* U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
* U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin