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William P. Perkins

William P. Perkins

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

New York, NY, USA


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 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."  Since 2009, Mr. Perkins has been listed by Legal 500 as a "Leading Lawyers" in the area of Workplace and Employment Law Counseling, and in 2013 and 2014 he was one of only five attorneys in the United States to receive that ranking. Mr. Perkins has been endorsed employment lawyer by the Labour and Employee Benefits Multi-Jurisdictional Guide and in 2014 he was listed as a Super Lawyer.

2014 Publications:  December 2014 Employee Benefit Plan Review, co-author, “NYC Mayor’s Executive Order No. 7: More Employers to Pay the ‘Living Wage;’” 11/07/14 - Real Estate Weekly, co-author  “Tenants, contractors added to list of those required to pay city’s New Living Wage;” September 16, 2014, The Guardian, byline: “Patchwork of sick time laws may cause employer headaches;” Spring/Summer New York State Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section, co-author, “I’m Sick and Can’t Come In - State and Local Governments Take the Lead in Requiring Employer to Provide Paid Sick Time.”

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