Attorney Brian J. Perkins is a career trial attorney with a history of protecting the rights of others.
He sharpened his trial skills in the criminal courtroom as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the felony sex crimes unit where he spent years obtaining justice for victims of sexual abuse and violent crime. “When I was in the courtroom prosecuting a criminal, I was in a greater sense representing the victim,” Perkins says.
Brian’s devotion to helping others continues in his work at Levin Simes Abrams LLP where he focuses on helping victims of abuse, catastrophic injury, and loss of life.
Real trial experience is rare in the world of civil law and Perkins’s familiarity with the courtroom gives him a powerful edge. Throughout his career, Brian has been involved in over 500 hearings and has tried more than 200 cases to verdict, 38 of those in front of a jury.
“The courtroom feels like my home. It is the place where the quiet voice of reason can be heard no matter how large the opponent. It is a privilege to stand up for my clients at trial and persuade a jury to seek justice.”
To be successful at trial, Brian believes a trial lawyer must be completely committed to each client. This commitment requires a client’s trust and demands effective communication between him and his client.
“Behind every case is a person who experienced a life changing event. A good lawyer must know, understand, and appreciate the specific needs and interests of each client. I fight hard to earn the trust of my client and seek to build a strong relationship early in the case.”
In doing so, Brian enjoys a close relationship with his clients, which he credits for his tremendous success in obtaining the large settlements and verdicts they deserve. He has successfully represented clients in a variety of cases including sexual abuse, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, catastrophic auto and truck crashes, products liability, medical negligence, workers compensation, and premises liability.
Part of Brian’s practice has involved work in the area of complex mass tort litigations. The following are the most recent complex litigations Brian has been appointed or assigned to work in various capacities:
- In Re: Proton-Pump Inhibitor Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2789 (Brian serves on the Plaintiff’s Science Committee, Plaintiff’s Deposition Team, and Plaintiff’s Expert Committee);
- In Re: Davol/C.R. Bard Polypropylene Hernia Mesh Products Litigation, MDL No. 2846 (Brian serves on the Plaintiff’s Science Committee, Plaintiff’s Deposition Team, and Plaintiff’s Expert Committee);
- In Re: Zostavax Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2848 (Brian serves on the Plaintiff’s Deposition Team);
- In Re: Pradaxa Cases, California JCCP No. 4863 (Brian serves as Co-Lead Counsel of the JCCP);
- In Re: Syngenta Mass Tort Actions, Tweet et al. v. Syngenta AG et al., Southern District of Illinois No. 3:16-cv-00255-NJR;
- In Re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2441;
- In Re: Ethicon, Inc. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2327;
- In Re: Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2385 (Brian served on the Plaintiff’s Lead Trial Team, Plaintiff’s Science Committee, Plaintiff’s Deposition Team, Plaintiff’s Expert Committee);
- In Re: Zimmer NexGen Implants Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2272;
- In Re: Actos Litigation, 2011 L 010011, IL State Court;
- In Re: DePuy ASR Litigation, 2010 L 10506, IL State Court; and
- In Re: Brown v. DePuy Spine Inc: 06-0224, MA State Court.
Brian has also shared his litigation expertise with other attorneys by frequently presenting at local and national conferences and teaching continuing legal education courses. He has presented or taught other attorneys through the American Association for Justice, Mass Torts Made Perfect, Harris Martin Publishing, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and the Illinois Bar Association.
- Chicago-Kent College of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence
- University of Illinois, Bachelor of Arts
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice:
- State of California
- State of Illinois
- United States Panel on Multidistrict Litigation
- U.S. District Court Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court Central District of California
- U.S. District Court Southern District of California
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois – Trial Bar
- U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
- Pro hac vice admissions in numerous states
Honors & Awards:
- Super Lawyer 2015 – 2020
- Super Lawyer Rising Star 2014
- The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Civil Trial Lawyers
- Leading Lawyers Top Lawyers
- Leading Lawyers Emerging Lawyer (for attorneys 40 or younger)
- Elected Member, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Board of Managers