I am a life-long resident of Louisiana, although I have had the great honor to travel to Africa, South America and Central America for short term missions. I hope to add stamps on my passport from India, Asia and the Middle East from helping those in poverty.
I know the cultural nuances of Louisiana, particularly North Louisiana and Northeast Texas. I can be to border of Mississippi or Central Louisiana within two hours. I can access most of East Texas within two hours. Many clients use my experience to oversee the investigation of catastrophic accidents throughout North Louisiana and Northeast Texas. If an incident were to go to litigation, I am a seasoned trial attorney who has tried more bench and jury trials in thirty years than most attorneys have in a lifetime.
I practice law to protect the industries that move America, protect their property and assets and employ thousands of people. I mentor lawyers to do the right thing in the right way even if it is at personal cost.
I began my career as a prosecutor. One of the most significant cases I handled was a serial rapist in which we used what was then novel scientific evidence: DNA identification. For more details click here to see my curriculum vitae.
When I am not practicing law, I am passionate about foreign missions, addiction/depression recovery and being the best husband, father and grandfather that I can be.
Favorite Animal: toy schnauzer (or just about any dog, except Chihuahuas)
Favorite sitcom: Seinfeld (but more recently Blackish)
When I went to law school, I had no clue what kind of law would appeal to me. Through a series of fortunate events, I discovered the world of civil defense and I found my niche. Although I may not look like I know the ins and outs of trucking accidents, 90% of my career has been spent talking to drivers and investigators, understanding on-board computer systems, and learning as much as possible about the nuances of commercial transportation.
Once ‘the call’ comes into our office, we immediately respond with either onsite investigation or a case analysis – depending on the timing of the situation. After that, we go full-throttle into defending our client’s best interests until we are no longer needed with fact investigation, pleadings, discovery, mediation and negotiations, hearings, and trial. For more details see my resume.
In my free time, I watch movies with my husband, have tickle fights with my son, and go running every chance I get.
Favorite animal: Reindeer
Favorite quote: “Never give up, for that is just the place and time the tide will turn.” Harriet Beecher Stowe
Favorite sitcom: I don’t watch tv.
Honesty, integrity and maximum value are at the forefront of my mind every time I go to work for my clients. Selected as “2016 Top 10 Young Defense Lawyers in Louisiana”. Achieving the most economical resolution possible for commercial clients and estate clients motivates me every day.
Insurance and commercial defense clients tell me they find it refreshing to get legal advice from from attorneys willing put their interests ahead of personal financial gain. Estate planning clients are pleasantly surprised when they walk into my office for a consultation expecting to spend thousands of dollars only to learn no updates and no additional expenses are necessary.
I am a lifelong resident of North Louisiana but I married a woman from New Jersey. I have spent 8 months in South Africa, 3 months in Kentucky, and 4 months in New Jersey while working at one of the largest law firms in the country. Those experiences and the people I have met from all over the world taught me how to interact well with diverse cultures. When you call me, you will get southern hospitality, but also efficiency, accuracy and knowledge. For more information about my education, experience and admissions, see my resume.
In my spare time I enjoy coaching my four sons in baseball, football, and soccer and attending their extracurricular activities. They light up my world and keep me grounded. I also have the honor of serving in a leadership role as a shepherd at my church, Clearview, and sitting on non-profit boards and committees.
Favorite Animal: Small suckerfish because they require no maintenance whatsoever and actually provide some benefit to cleaning the fish tank Favorite Quote: “Show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser.” – Jerald McGuire. Favorite Sitcom: Seinfeld
I was born and raised in Shreveport, specifically the Lakeside/Allendale neighborhood. I was raised by my grandparents (my grandfather was a pastor), who instilled in in me the importance of faith. I decided that to be a lawyer at fourteen because I wanted to provide a better opportunities for my family. The journey hasn’t always been easy, but I wouldn’t change a thing. One of my great joys was when my grandmother, whom I call “nanny”, told me how proud she was of me after my swearing in ceremony.
I graduated from LSU Law School, where I was a member of the Moot Court Board and Trial Advocacy Board. I served as Vice-President of the Trial Advocacy Board my and competed in trial-advocacy, earning top attorney award. After law school, I spent two years working at the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal as a judicial law clerk to Judge Jay Caraway and Chief Judge Henry Brown. I assisted these two incredible judges in deciding countless matters that dealt with a variety of legal issues. My legal reasoning, analysis and writing were honed, giving me the confidence to “hit the ground running” as a litigation attorney with the firm. I first clerked for Perkins and Associates doing the summer after my first year of law school. I remember thinking how awesome it would be if I had the opportunity to work here because the firm’s culture is a perfect.
In my spare time, I write short stories, act, and work out. I performed at the Shreveport Little Theatre as “George Bailey” in It’s a Wonderful Life, a Live Radio Play. I enjoy spending time with my young nephews, and volunteering in the community. I currently serve as a board member for The Providence House and on the advisory council of The LightHouse. I volunteer with Junior Achievement. I’m blessed to work at a firm that shares this sentiment of giving back to the local, state, national and global communities.
Favorite Quote: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
Favorite Sitcom: The Office.
Favorite Animal: Lion
Sheila LoweryOffice Manager
I was born and raised in Louisiana. I have been employed with Perkins & Associates, LLC since 2012.
I serve as the firm’s Office/Business Manager overseeing all business/administrative and computer operations of the practice. I support the attorneys, staff and paraprofessionals with a diversity of skills and tasks so our clients get efficient, accurate and timely responses to complex legal issues.
Accuracy and efficiency are extremely important while supervising the legal secretaries, receptionists, runners, paralegals, and law clerks. I give insight, implement processes, procedures, new technology, analyze financial reports, and organize the office operations.
I currently live in Shreveport, La. where I received a business degree in business management. I have been married 26 years and have a 18-year daughter who has performed as vocalist at Carnegie Hall in New York and who will be attending Harding University in the Fall 2017. I love serving as bible study coordinator in the awesome organization called BSF (Bible Study Fellowship). In addition, I love swimming and doll-making.
Favorite Animal: My beloved Maltese Shih-tzu – Snowflakes
Favorite quote: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” – Jesus
Favorite sitcom: The Cosby Show
I have been employed with Perkins & Associates, LLC for 12 years.
I handle requests, subpoenas, and organization of medical records, employment records, tax records and educational records of the plaintiff. I research and gather information from their providers ten years prior to the accident so that we may have a complete overview of the adverse party. Many times when we begin to research, we find multiple providers that contradict the claims.
I also ensure that clients are timely apprised of the status of their case.
I was born and raised in Louisiana. I grew up on Caddo Lake, home of one of the largest flooded cypress forests in the world, and I continue to reside in the same community. I love fishing and upcycling furniture and decorating, which I do on the side. I also enjoy hunting, target practice, bonfires, and being a Louisiana girl of course, crawfish season!
Favorite animal: My Shih Tzu, Zsa Zsa
Favorite quote: “Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels.” – Bob Thaves
Favorite sitcom: That Girl
Tabatha BrandlyLegal Assistant
I am a Shreveport, native, born and raised. I started my career in the insurance industry in 1996 working in personal lines claims, then expanding to underwriting, working as an assistant. I enjoyed the claims environment and I thought I would never be happy doing anything else. But as life would have it, my career in personal lines ended and I was offered a position a third party administrator focusing on the defense of trucking claims. Later, the opportunity opened for me to work directly in a law office. Ironically, I became a paralegal for a small personal injury firm, but in the summer of 2017, I returned to trucking defense with the Perkins law firm. I’m truly enjoying my current role as paralegal as it suits my need to be challenged and to continue to expand my knowledge law, trucking and insurance industries.
Away from work, I am a single mom of two sons, ages 29 and 15. Since my family lives here we spend much of our time together. We enjoy family trips, art shows, festivals and anything that brings us together for fun, but our major focus is always on our spiritual activities as it’s the core of our family bond. This is another reason that I enjoy with the Perkins firm because spiritual values are essential to the culture of the firm.
I am currently learning Spanish as a second language and I’m an avid music lover. I enjoy running and keeping up with the latest in the fashion industry
Favorite animal: Dalmations
Favorite Quote: “There are three solutions to every problem: accept it, change it, or leave it. If you can’t accept it, change it. If you can’t change it, leave it”
Favorite TV Sitcom: Blackish
Jeanette FordLegal Assistant
Brenda AcunaLegal Assistant
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