Paul Perkins

Paul Perkins

Paul Perkins

Attorney at Law

(802) 295-3151 ext. 103

Paul J. Perkins is a civil trial lawyer primarily representing:

● people seriously injured from sexual abuse, medical and legal malpractice, defective products and the negligence of others;
● people and businesses in commercial disputes; and
● people and organizations in insurance coverage disputes and in bad faith and fraud cases.

Before joining Plante & Hanley in 2001, Mr. Perkins was a criminal defense lawyer and served as a Special Warfare/Special Operations Deep Sea Diver in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Perkins’ substantial trial work as a criminal defense lawyer early in his career and the medical training he received in the highly competitive Navy diving program laid the base for his legal work today.

Mr. Perkins enjoys the competitive environment of the courtroom, but also works with clients to control the outcome of their cases by resolving disputes through negotiation and mediation. With a warm and personable nature, Mr. Perkins relates easily to both clients and jurors alike.

Mr. Perkins is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of Vermont, the Vermont Supreme Court and all trial courts in Vermont. Since 2010, Mr. Perkins has been the Chair of the Insurance Law Section of the Vermont Bar Association, where he provides guidance and continuing education on the law of insurance coverage to the Vermont Bar.
After serving as a Deep Sea Diver in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Perkins attended the University of Oregon, where he received a B.A. in 1994 with majors in English and Philosophy (Golden Key National Honor Society; Mortar Board Junior Scholar). In 1998, he obtained a J. D. from Vermont Law School (Thomas M. Debevoise Moot Court – Best Brief; Trial Advocacy Advisory Board; American Bar Association Northeast Regional Trial Team competitor).
Practicing Insurance Law in Vermont, Coverage Opinions, March 21, 2017
Insurance Law Section 2016 Year-in-Review, Vermont Bar Association
Insurance Law Section 2015 Year-in-Review, Vermont Bar Association
Insurance Law Section 2014 Year-in-Review, Vermont Bar Association
Insurance Law Section 2013 Year-in-Review, Vermont Bar Association
Insurance Law Section 2012 Year-in-Review, Vermont Bar Association
Co-Author, Closing the Circle, America's Experiment with Capital Punishment (J. Acker. Ed. 1998)
Co-Author, Ted Kaczynski's Diary, Vermont Law Review 1997
Select legal decisions Paul has obtained in the Vermont Supreme Court, U. S. District Court for the District of Vermont, Vermont administrative agencies and the Vermont trial courts include: Carpentier v. Tuthill, 2013 VT 91, 195 Vt. 52, 86 A.3d 1006 (2013) (affirming punitive damages award of five times the compensatory damages award against estate of sexual assault defendant); Blake v. Progressive Northern Ins., No. 164-9-15 Oecv and White River Traffic Group, Inc. v. United Ohio Ins. Co. and Cass Insurance, Inc., No. 330-7-17 Wrcv (affirming that Vermont’s Consumer Protection Act protects consumers who allege deceptive practices by insurers); Griffith v. Mozaffari, No. 451-9-15 Wrcv (August 13, 2018) (in medical malpractice trial, ordering that the jury may only consider the amount of medical bills in calculating the plaintiff’s damages, not the amount the hospital accepted as payment from insurers); Choiniere, P & D Consulting, Inc. v. Marshall and Harris Beach LLP, No. 10-1-05 Wrcv (September 13, 2016) (excluding evidence at trial of the plaintiffs’ settlements with other defendants who were dismissed from case after settling); Parker v. Malletts Bay Boat Club, Inc., 2010 AMC 2518 (D. Vt. 2010) (establishing admiralty jurisdiction over sailing club member injured in boat launch on Lake Champlain); In re Dayco, Inc., No. 07-061-I (Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities, and Health Care Administration) (overturning Vermont Workers Compensation Appeals Board decision, which misclassified construction workers in AIG worker’s compensation policy); Robinson v. Springfield Hosp., File No. 1:09-CV-75, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10160 (D. Vt. February 5, 2010) (compelling hospital employees to testify about meetings in which health care providers discussed the cause of the death of a patient, which the hospital claimed was confidential under the “peer review privilege”); Fine Paints of Eur., Inc. v. Acadia Ins. Co., Case No. 2:08-cv-81, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24188 (D. Vt. March 24, 2009)(order compelling insurance company to defend Vermont paint dealer in claim for property damage brought by the State of Vermont); Nichols v. Brattleboro Retreat, 2009 VT 4, 185 Vt. 313, 970 A.2d 1249 (granting new trial to the plaintiff in a medical malpractice case because the trial court allowed the defense to present defense expert’s testimony by video recording, when the expert was available to testify in court).

Mr. Perkins has served his community as Trustee of The Sharon Academy in Sharon, Vermont; Chair of the Newton School Board of Directors in Strafford, Vermont; Executive Committee member of the Orange-Windsor Supervisory Union; and as a director and member of other local organizations and committees.

Mr. Perkins graduated from the University of Oregon in 1994 with majors in both English Literature and Philosophy and from Vermont Law School in 1998.

He lives in Strafford, Vermont with his wife, Denise. They are the proud parents of an adult son and daughter and have one grandson. When not practicing law, Paul spends as much time as possible with his family, or can be found fly-fishing, sailing or nordic skiing.