The Perkins Family has been representing the people of Florida in its courtrooms for over 100 years. Daniel Webster Perkins, Esq. was admitted to practice law in 1914, and in 1915, D.W. Perkins argued the landmark case before the Florida Supreme Court that allowed African-Americans to serve on juries in Florida. Paul C. Perkins, Sr., Esq. was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1950, and he worked at his Uncle Daniel’s side in Jacksonville, until he moved to Orlando in 1951. Perkins served as co-counsel with Thurgood Marshall and Jack Greenberg of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, representing the Groveland Four, four African-American young men who were accused of raping Norma Jean Padgett in Lake County Florida. The New York Times Best Seller Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King tells the story of this tragic tale. Paul C. Perkins, Sr. served the Central Florida Community as an advocate for civil rights and justice, as well as a business leader and philanthropist. He helped found the Washington Shores Federal Savings and Loan in 1963, the first African American owned lending institution in the state of Florida. Paul, Sr. died in 1985.
Paul C. Perkins, Jr. began practicing in 1991, six years after his father’s death. Since that time, Paul has tirelessly represented people who have suffered injuries and illnesses due to the negligence of others in Florida’s courtrooms. Mr. Perkins concentrates his practice in the fields of personal injury and insurance law, including automobile accidents, slip and fall accidents, wrongful death claims and medical malpractice. His insurance practice involves representing homeowners and business owners in claims against their insurance companies when they fail or refuse to pay the proper amount for covered claims.