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William P. Perkins

Partner

New York
Direct: (212) 218-4642
Fax: (212) 218-5526
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Mr. Perkins is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s 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; and Understanding the FMLA, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, 2003.  He is the co-author of the book Guide to Employee Recruitment & Hiring, Warren, Gorham & Lamont, 1996 and “A Plant Closing Primer,” ALI-ABA Course Materials Journal, October 1988.   Recent publications and articles are listed below. 

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.

Mr. Perkins is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s 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; and Understanding the FMLA, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, 2003.  He is the co-author of the book Guide to Employee Recruitment & Hiring, Warren, Gorham & Lamont, 1996 and “A Plant Closing Primer,” ALI-ABA Course Materials Journal, October 1988.   Recent publications and articles are listed below. 

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.

Education

  • J.D., Western New England College School of Law (1980)
    cum laude
    American Jurisprudence Awards in Administrative Law, Labor Law and Torts
  • B.S., Marietta College (1967)

Admissions

  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Maine

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Affiliations

  • New York Management Attorneys Conference

Presentations

  • Co-Presenter, "Pay Equity After the California and New York Equal Pay Acts: Answering the Biggest Questions," Seyfarth Shaw Webinar (January 14, 2016)

Publications

Accolades

  • A/V Preeminent Rating on Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed by Legal 500 since 2009
  • Noted as a "Leading Lawyer" in Workplace and Employment Law Counseling by Legal 500 since 2013 - one of five attorneys in the United States to receive that ranking
  • Legal 500 Hall of Fame 2017
  • Included in ALM Top Rated Lawyers Annual Guide to Labor & Employment since 2012
  • Endorsed employment lawyer by PLC's Labour and Employee Benefits Multi-Jurisdictional Guide
  • Listed as a Super Lawyer since 2014
  • Listed since 2015 by Human Resource Executive and Lawdragon in their Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys - Top 100