John D. Perkins

SUMMARY

John Perkins is a trial attorney at the firm’s Orange County office. Mr. Perkins’ legal practice revolves around the representation of both public and private entities in civil litigation matters involving allegations of wrongful death, property damage, serious personal injury, allegations of breach of contract, negligence, and intentional misconduct. He frequently represents construction professionals in a variety of disputes including construction defect, environmental, pollution, professional liability and contractual liability claims. In addition to his extensive litigation activities, he works with his clients to improve their contracts and actively find ways to limit the potential risks of a project before the work even begins.

Mr. Perkins is a member of several medical device organizations, has authored a wide array of articles for a number of trade publications, and has given seminars on topics such as litigation motion practice, legal writing, and risk management.

Mr. Perkins earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio University and his Juris Doctor from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He is an avid outdoorsman and donates his time to many charitable organizations.

EXPERIENCE

Motion for Summary Judgment Granted in Intentional Interference With a Contract Action: A terminated inspector for a school district’s construction project brought suit against the project’s architect for intentional interference with contract. Successfully obtained summary judgment on motion in a rare decision that held causation – normally a question of fact for the jury – was lacking as a matter of law.

Public Entity Car Accident Case Dismissed: Operator of motor vehicle blamed T-bone accident on allegedly defective traffic signal. Case dismissed when it was proved that the traffic signal was not defective.

Public Entity Client Dismissed in Waterline Flooding Rupture Lawsuit: A homeowner filed suit against several entities following the rupture of a nearby waterline that caused significant flooding. Our client was dismissed after it was determined that no duty was owed to the homeowner.

Settlement Reached for Homeowners Association Including Payment by Plaintiff: Homeowner sought monetary damages for alleged violations of the Davis-Sterling Act. Following discovery which revealed delinquencies in maintenance dues, a settlement was negotiated in which the homeowner agreed to pay money to the HOA defendant.

Defense Costs Recovered for Construction Manager Client in Injury Case: Project worker claimed that defendant’s alleged building code violations caused significant injuries after worker suffered a fall. A detail in the background of a seemingly innocuous photograph proved that there had been no building code violation. Furthermore, defense costs were recovered via the subsequent enforcement of an indemnity clause in a subcontract agreement.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
  • State Bar of California
  • Orange County Bar Association
PUBLICATIONS/SEMINARS
  • Preparing for a Motion for Summary Judgment
  • What to Look for in Preparing an Opposition or Reply for a Motion for Summary Judgment
  • Should I Sign and Stamp These Plans?
  • Reducing Risk Through Better Contracting and Construction Administration