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William P. Perkins

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Labor and Employment Department; Employment Litigation and Counseling Practice Group; Labor and Employee Relations Practice Group; OFCCP & Affirmative Action Compliance Practice Group.


Bill Perkins is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw LLP's New York office where he conducts a nation-wide practice advising clients on a wide variety of employment and labor law matters, including all forms of discrimination and harassment claims, and proactive measures to avoid such claims, reductions-in-force, OWBPA/WARN compliance, wage and hour claims, pay equity issues, contract negotiations, executive employment agreements, affirmative action plan design and OFCCP compliance review defense, executive employment contracts, FMLA/ADA issues, day-to-day advice and counsel, as well as human resources policies.


Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Bill 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.




Bill has maintained a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review rating of “A/V Preeminent" since 2000. He has been listed by Legal 500 since 2009 and recognized as a Leading Lawyer by Legal 500 since 2013. He was inducted into the Legal 500 Hall of Fame in 2017. He has been endorsed by the Labour and Employee Benefits, Leading Lawyers Worldwide Handbook and recognized as a New York Area Top Rated Lawyer by ALM since 2012. Bill has been listed as a Super Lawyer since 2014 and named one of the Top 100 Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys since 2015 by Human Resource Executive and Lawdragon. He is admitted in the federal and state courts of New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire.


JD, Western New England University School of Law (1980), cum laude; BS, Marietta College (1967).



United States: Labor and employment

Workplace and employment counseling

Within: Leading lawyers

William Perkins - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Within: Workplace and employment counseling

Clients appreciate Seyfarth Shaw LLP for being ‘smart, creative, practical and for genuinely caring about getting the best quality’. The team has experience in advising on organizational change and developing innovative technology tools as well as in workplace discrimination and harassment counseling. Chicago-based David Baffa chairs the workplace compliance solutions practice group and is an expert on a variety of employment-related matters, such as workforce reductions and restructurings, pay equity and training. Senior counsel Lawrence Lorber in Washington DC is regularly engaged by the US Chamber of Commerce in connection with employment issues, including regulatory representation on pending rule making. Ellen McLaughlin, who is based in Chicago, assisted an automotive manufacturer in increasing productivity while staying compliant with federal and state laws. The firm also has a dedicated group advising on pay equity, which is led by Christine Hendrickson (recently promoted to partner) and Annette Tyman in Chicago. Lisa Damon in Boston has ‘detailed knowledge of the law and is pragmatic and unfailingly responsive’. Further notable practitioners are the ‘fantastic’ Daniel Waldman in New York, the ‘excellent strategistJon Meer in Los Angeles and Frederick Smith in Atlanta, who has a ‘great amount of experience to lean on’. In New York, William Perkins is well versed in the different forms of discrimination and harassment claims, while associate Joshua Seidman specializes in paid sick leave matters. Chelsea Mesa in Los Angeles has a ‘meticulous no-nonsense approach’. Scott Nelson was a new arrival in May 2018 in the Houston office, joining from Baker McKenzie LLP.

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