Alfred H. Perkins, Jr.
Alfred handles litigation primarily in the areas of labor and employment, products liability and governmental torts. He regularly appears in both federal and state court on behalf of his clients.
His labor and employment practice consists of representing both public and private employers in litigation involving claims under Title VII (discrimination and harassment), Section 1981, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), as well as state common law claims. Alfred has also represented clients before the NLRB and the EEOC. His clients include restaurant franchisees, universities, healthcare providers and manufacturers.
Alfred’s product liability practice has included representing clients in claims under the Alabama Extended Manufacturer’s Liability Doctrine (AEMLD), as well as Lemon Law and warranty claims. His manufacturer clients have included global and regional companies, whose products have included ATV’s, automobiles, lawnmowers, mattresses, batteries, radiator tubing and spinal cord stimulators. Alfred’s engineering degree has proved helpful in representing clients in this area.
Alfred’s governmental torts practice involves representing public entities in matters ranging from alleged constitutional torts- such as due process violations or excessive force claims- to inverse condemnation and negligence claims. His clients have included universities and large and small municipalities.
Alfred also mediates civil disputes. He is registered on the Alabama State Court Mediator Roster, and he has been added to the ADR Panel of Neutrals for the Northern District of Alabama.
* Obtained summary judgment in favor of a municipality against a former employee's claim that the City discriminated against her based on her race, sex, and disability and in retaliation for previous complaints when it terminated her employment.
* Obtained summary judgment in favor of a municipality against a former employee's claim that the City failed to accommodate his disability and terminated him because of his disability in violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
* Obtained full summary judgment on behalf of a municipality, its police officer and magistrate accused of wrongful arrest and malicious prosecution. Summary judgment subsequently affirmed by the Alabama Supreme Court.
* Obtained full summary judgment in favor of a municipality in a case filed by more than 50 homeowner plaintiffs alleging negligence, wantonness, nuisance, trespass, outrage, inverse condemnation and due process violations related to the city's alleged improper design, construction and maintenance of a subdivision's stormwater drainage system.
* Obtained full summary judgment on behalf of university in a discrimination case where former employee alleged he was denied promotions, denied tenure, assigned a heavier class load, paid less, and ultimately terminated due to his race and national origin. Summary judgment subsequently affirmed by 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
* Obtained a defense verdict for manufacturer in warranty litigation involving an all-terrain vehicle.
* Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a university, its president and board of trustees in litigation instituted by a former professor alleging process violations, wrongful termination, etc., related to the professor's termination from employment with the university.
* Obtained the complete dismissal of a municipality, its Mayor and Chief of Police from litigation stemming from alleged wrongful arrest, excessive force, and negligent confinement.
* Obtained summary judgment in favor of manufacturer in product liability litigation where plaintiff alleged he sustained injuries to his feet while riding an all-terrain vehicle.
Honors And Awards
While in law school, Alfred and his moot court teammate won the National and Regional Best Brief awards in the 1998 Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition. Alfred also served on the Law School Honor Court as an Associate Justice.
Speeches And Publications
* Professionally Interacting With Alabama’s Courts - Practical Advice For The New Lawyer, CLE sponsored by Circuit Court Judges Eugene R. Verin and Annetta H. Verin, and the Alabama Lawyers Association, June 20, 2014
St. Clair County Home Builders Ass'n v. City of Pell City, 61 So. 3d 992 (Ala. 2010).
Ogburia v. Cleveland, 2010 WL 2144267, 30 IER Cases 1372 (11th Cir. May 28, 2010).
Jiann Min Chang v. Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, 355 Fed. Appx. 250, 2009 WL 3403180, 255 Ed. Law Rep. 49, (11th Cir. Oct, 23, 2009).
Martin v. Crumpton, 883 So. 2d 700 (Ala. Civ. App. 2003).
Singleton v. Protective Life Ins. Co., 857 So. 2d 803 (Ala. 2003).