Thomas P. Perkins, Jr.
Dallas City Attorney
Thomas P. Perkins, Jr. joined the City Attorney’s Office in July 1999. He became the Interim City Attorney in April, 2005. Previously, Tom was the First Assistant City Attorney, Litigation Division, supervising the legal staff responsible for representing the City of Dallas in claims and lawsuits in state and federal district and appellate courts.
Tom is licensed to practice law in Texas and Louisiana . He is admitted to practice before Federal District Courts in Texas and Louisiana , the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Tom is a graduate of Harvard University and Loyola University School of Law.
Tom’s twenty-five year legal career includes both public sector and private law firm practice. His public sector experience includes serving as a Special Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Antitrust and Consumer Protection Divisions of the Texas Attorney General’s Office. As Chief of the Antitrust and Consumer Protection Divisions, Tom was responsible for enforcement of the State’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Texas Free Enterprise and Antitrust Act. He was also a staff attorney at the Dallas Regional Office of the Federal Trade Commission.
Tom’s private firm practice focused on commercial and insurance litigation, as well as antitrust and consumer law.
Tom has been an Adjunct Professor at both Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law where he taught consumer law and at Louisiana State University Law School where he taught trial advocacy. He served as a Director of the Texas State Bar Association’s Antitrust and Business Litigation Section, and is a Board Member of Texas Appleseed.