KENNETH L. PERKINS, JR.
Kenneth L. Perkins, Jr. is a partner in the firm's Costa Mesa office. Mr. Perkins specializes in business litigation, including real estate, construction and employment litigation. Mr. Perkins has litigated cases in both state and federal courts at the trial court and appellate levels, as well as before related government agencies. Mr. Perkins has used various methods of alternative dispute resolution to his clients’ advantage, including arbitration, mediation and private judges.
Mr. Perkins' experience encompasses a wide range of business disputes. He has handled both simple and complex business disputes, including matters involving breach of contract, business torts, fraud, non-competition agreements, trade secrets, employee theft, insurance coverage, collections, alter ego claims, shareholder disputes (including involuntary corporate dissolutions), partnership disputes (general and limited), products liability (design and manufacture), and intellectual property disputes (trademark, trade dress and copyright). His clients have included a variety of businesses, such as manufacturers, distributors, importers, on-line merchants, professional firms (attorneys, accountants, consultants/ experts), hotel operators, service providers, investors, and venture capital funds.
Mr. Perkins also has substantial expertise in real estate and construction matters. This includes mechanic's lien foreclosure actions, construction contract disputes, subcontractor disputes, material supplier claims, defense of construction defect claims (commercial, residential, medical, parking structures, restaurants, custom homes), limited and general partnership disputes, and defense of cases brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Mr. Perkins also has expertise in the insurance coverage issues that may arise in construction cases. His clients have included general contractors, subcontractors, construction managers, community association managers, environmental consultants, investors, and owners.
Mr. Perkins has substantial experience in matters involving the printing and graphics arts industries. In addition to the issues common to any business (e.g., personnel issues, trade contracts), these matters have involved issues specific to the printing industry, such as defective printing/ cutting/ gluing, defective equipment (e.g., poor registration, ghosting), and equipment finance agreements. His clients have included companies involved in printing, lithography, binding, coating, direct mail, fulfillment, large format, newspapers/ periodicals/ magazines, gluing, photocopying, graphic design, business forms, labels, and packaging.
Though each case is unique, Mr. Perkins is guided by several basic principles:
Mr. Perkins received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Irvine and his law degree from the University of Southern California. While in law school at USC, Mr. Perkins was a member and Editor of the Hale Moot Court Honors Program.
Mr. Perkins is admitted to practice in all California state and federal courts. He is a member of the Orange County Bar Association (Sections on Insurance and Business Litigation) and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He is a former member of the Board of Advisors of the USC Institute for Corporate Counsel, and he is approved by the California Department of Real Estate to teach “Ethics for Community Association Managers, which he does several times a year.