Alfred H. Perkins, Jr.

Alfred H. Perkins, Jr.: Attorney with Starnes Davis Florie LLP AV stamp icon
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Alfred’s practice has been devoted to defending civil litigation primarily in the areas of labor and employment, product liability and municipal liability. He has represented public and private entities in both federal and state court, agency proceedings and arbitrations. Alfred has defended manufacturers, restaurants, universities, municipalities and professionals among his clients.



•Obtained defense verdict in a jury trial in federal court for a municipality in a case involving allegations of gender discrimination.
•Obtained Favorable 11th Circuit Decision in a Case Alleging Violations of the Rehabilitation Act and the FLSA.
McElroy v. Kinderknecht - obtained summary judgment in favor of a municipality and its police officer in an excessive force claim asserted under 42 U.S.C. 1983 and state law when a police officer used force after an individual holding several knives threw one at the officer.
Cruce Corder v. City of Bessemer - obtained summary judgment in favor of a municipality against a former employee’s claim of discrimination in retaliation after she was terminated based on her physical inability to perform the duties of her position.
Johnson v. City of Bessemer - obtained full summary judgment on behalf of municipality, Mayor, Fire Chief and Fire Captain in claim asserted by firefighter alleging violation of his First Amendment rights when he was suspended for social media posts.
Hunt v. Altec Industries, Inc. - Obtained full summary judgment on behalf of employer in claims asserted by former employee under the Family Medical Leave Act.
Crowe v. Boatright Railroad Cos., Inc. - obtained dismissal of suit filed by former employee alleging that employer terminated her in retaliation for her opposition to an alleged hospital work environment.
Phillips v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc. - 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.
Garland v. Honda North America, Inc. - obtained defense verdict for a manufacturer in warranty litigation involving an all-terrain vehicle.

Presentations and Publications

•Algorithmic Bias: The Law’s Newest Frontier and How it Affects Litigation and Your Firm, International Association of Defense Council (IADC) Midyear Meeting, February 28, 2019
Prognostications into the Future of HR under a Trump Administration, Birmingham Society for Human Resource Management, December 14, 2016
The Impact of HR Investigations on Litigation, November 1, 2016
Social Media and Employment Law, University of Alabama’s Employment Law Update CLE, December 17, 2015
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
Individual Capacity Claims Against Government Employees, National Business Institute Seminar, Legal Issues Involving Local Governments, July 30, 2013
Lessons Learned from Mock Depositions, HR Counsel Meeting, Ashville, NC, April 20, 2013
Employer’s Liability for Workplace Violence, Managing Violence in the Workplace Seminar, Samford University, April 12, 2013
Common Liability Issues, Police Liability Seminar, October 2011

News & Insights

SDF Attorney Alfred Perkins Speaks on “Algorithmic Bias” at the 2019 IADC Midyear Meeting
•SDF Attorneys Perkins & Vinson Obtain Defense Verdict for Municipality in Employment Case
•Should You Have An Arbitration Agreement With Your Employees?
•SDF Attorneys Perkins and Young Obtain Favorable 11th Circuit Decision in a Case Alleging Violations of the Rehabilitation Act and the FLSA
•Umbach, Perkins, Davis, & Vinson Participate in the Alabama Trucking Association’s Annual Mock Trial
•SDF Attorneys Perkins and Presley Obtain Favorable Ruling on Behalf of a Police Officer
•Alfred Perkins Featured in “Attorney At Law Magazine” for His Employment, Products Liability & Government Torts Practice
•Labor & Employment Bulletin - March 22, 2016
•Starnes Davis Florie’s Labor & Employment Practice Group Bulletin
•Labor & Employment Bulletin - March 2014
•Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Obtain Affirmance from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Areas of Practice (10)

  • ADA Accessibility
  • Arbitration
  • Contract / Non-Compete
  • Counseling and Training
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Governmental
  • Labor Law
  • Product Liability
  • Wage and Hour
  • Wrongful Death / Catastrophic Injury

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205-868-6024  Phone
205-868-6099  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 598512, Birmingham, AL 35209
University Attended:
Mississippi State University, B.S., 1993
Law School Attended:
University of Alabama, J.D., 1998
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama; 1998, Alabama; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama; U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

Community Involvement

•Alfred is an active member of his church, serving in the worship ministry and the photography ministry.
•Alfred has served as an adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy at the University of Alabama School of Law.
•Alfred has served as a board member of a church-affiliated daycare.

Reported Cases:
Reported Cases; 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).

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