Peter Perlman Law Offices, P.S.C.
Peter Perlman served as the 2013 President of the Litigation Counsel of America. He is the principal of Peter Perlman Law Offices, P.S.C., in Lexington, Kentucky. Mr. Perlman specializes in product liability and crash-worthiness litigation. During nearly 50 years practicing law, he has garnered more than 50 multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. In addition to being a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, he is a member of both the Inner Circle of Advocates and International Society of Barristers, a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, served on the Board of Trustees of the National Judicial College and is a founding member and Past President of the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice. He is also Past President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Civil Justice Foundation, the Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, and the Kentucky Chapter of the American Board of Advocates.
A member of the University of Kentucky Law Alumni Hall of Fame, Mr. Perlman is also the author of numerous publications, including Annotated Opening Statements. For 25 years he taught trial practice at the University of Kentucky College of Law, where an endowed scholarship has been established in his name. The Peter Perlman Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award is given annually by the Kentucky Justice Association. The award is bestowed upon an attorney who demonstrates exceptional talent, fights for the rights of consumers, and gives back to the legal profession.
Mr. Perlman has received the “President’s Award” from the AIEG in recognition of successful efforts to force General Motors and Chrysler Group to assume liability for all vehicles involved in collisions after bankruptcy. The award stated in part that “you are a true hero to the tens of millions for whom you fought for accountability from the auto manufactures.”
Mr. Perlman was presented with the Tommy Malone Great American Eagle Award in 2010 at the Southern Trial Lawyers Association convention. The award recognized an individual who has a calling to help others, is a powerful example of the bold pursuit of excellence and justice, is a person who inspires others and is a living symbol of integrity, strength, bravery, devotion and friendship, as well as a hero to many.
In 2010, Mr. Perlman also received the Henry T. Duncan Award from the Fayette County (Kentucky) Bar Association. The award is presented to an attorney whose integrity, leadership and professional conduct serves to exemplify the high ethical and professional standards that benefit the community.
Mr. Perlman served as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney in Fayette County from 1965-1968, and was lead prosecutor in over 100 felony convictions, including Comm. v. Honke, the first LSD conviction in the United States.
He has also given commencement addresses at graduation ceremonies of the University of Kentucky College of Law and Northern Kentucky College of Law.
Mr. Perlman has consistently been selected to SuperLawyers, including Top Ten designation, and in 1995 received the Southern Trial Lawyers’ Association War Horse Award, given to lawyers who have shown exceptional commitment to furthering the cause of justice.
He has served on faculties at seminars and programs presented by numerous law schools, including Harvard, Louisville, Kentucky and Tennessee, has given a presentation to the National Press Club for its Newsmaker series, was featured in the publication Fighting for Public Justice – Cases and Trial Lawyers That Make a Difference (published 2001), and has been listed in Best Lawyers of America since its publication in 1986.
Mr. Perlman is a member of the Diversity Law Institute and the Trial Law Institute.
His community service has included volunteer mentoring activities, including service as a Big Brother, President of Junior Achievement, coach of Calvary Baptist Church’s Upward Basketball Program and chairman of development and funding for one of the first playgrounds designed especially for special needs children at Cardinal Hill Hospital.
He is an active member of the Lexington Rotary Club (1972), serving on many committees and its Board of Directors, served as President of Lexington Jaycees and Vice President of Kentucky Jaycees, was selected as Outstanding Young Man of Lexington and one of five Outstanding Young Men of Kentucky, has been a member of the University of Kentucky Development Council, and has been a University of Kentucky Fellow since 1972, becoming a Henry Stites Barker Fellow in 2006.
He is married to the former Lana Day Coyle, has three children, Pamela, Patrice and Penne, and four grandchildren, Sarah, Jacob, Jack and Nick.