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Timothy Austin Perkins

Employment and labor Attorney at Memphis, TN

5.0   3 reviews
  • State Years
    Tennessee - TN 19 years
    Mississippi - MS 17 years
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State MS
    Acquired 2007
    Administrative Suspension No misconduct found

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About Timothy

Learn Timothy’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    Tim is an in-house attorney with AutoZone, Inc., a Fortune 300 Company with over 5600 stores and 80,000 employees. He has represented clients in federal and state courts, as well as before administrative bodies such as the EEOC, Tennessee Department of Labor. Tim also is an adjunct law professor for the University of Memphis School of Law where he coaches the Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Team (Wagner).

    19 years, 100 cases

  2. Business

    19 years, 10 cases

  3. Contracts and agreements

    19 years, 100 cases

  4. Civil rights

    19 years, 10 cases

  5. Class action

    19 years, 10 cases

Timothy ("Tim") Perkins serves as in-house Corporate Counsel for AutoZone, Inc., a Fortune 300 Company with over 86,000 employees in approximately 5600 locations. Tim has a passion for legal writing, appellate advocacy, and oral argument. Mr. Perkins has focused his legal career on civil rights, business, and employment law issues ranging from discrimination, overtime and misclassification issues under the FLSA, and a host of business-related concerns (ADA, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA, civil-RICO, Section 1983 claims, WARN Act, etc.). 

In addition to working full time as in-house counsel for AutoZone, Tim is also an adjunct professor of law at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where he teaches Appellate Advocacy, a class devoted to teaching second- and third-year law students the art of legal research and analysis, legal writing, and oral argument.  Since 2007, Tim has also coached the law school's Wagner Moot Court Team, which he prepares to compete in the annual Robert F. Wagner Labor & Employment Law Moot Court Competition in New York by helping sharpen the second and third year students' oral argument skills.  While in law school, Tim won several awards for his writing, including an award for the Best Brief in the Advanced Moot Court Competition (2003) and for 2nd Best Respondent Brief in the 2005 Wagner Moot Court Competition.

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Germantown Municipal Television: Law Talk with Vincent Perryman -- This show discusses a range of employment law issues. Of interest to entrepreneurs, we talk through how a burgeoning small business can find itself under the coverage of various laws.


AutoZone, Inc.
123 S. Front Street
6th Floor, Dep't 8029
Memphis, TN, 38103

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Posted by Matt | September 22, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sound legal advice and excellent foreshadowing
Mr. Perkins has guided our company from day one with contract negotiations, setting up employee handbooks, settling various disputes to anticipating the direction of our industry. He is our 'go to' guy for all business ventures that start or end with needing legal advice. Mr. Perkins's leadership with providing sound advice concerning employee disputes has kept us from encountering most issues. Of those that have progressed, he was able to move us in a direction of safety. I've known Timothy for years and can honestly attest that he possess the legal experience to match his proven intelligence and pleasant personality. Running a business has so many challenges, I'm thankful to have the legal leadership of Mr. Perkins to guide our company’s success.
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Posted by Brian | September 17, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney
I retained Mr. Perkins a few months back for small business legal needs and he was able to address every need of my company. When random, most often urgent, legal needs came up I was always able to rely on Mr. Perkins to hit the ground running and give solutions fast. I would recommend him to anyone and he has competitive rates that are hard to find in the Memphis area.
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Posted by Jamie | September 15, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome & Dedicated
I would recommend Tim Perkins for anyone who is looking to hire a professional and devoted lawyer. He is honest and dedicated and will work hard for your interests. He is the only lawyer for me!


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Work Experience

  • Labor & Employment Attorney
  • Auto Zone, Inc.
  • 2016 - Present
  • Adjunct Law Professor - Appellate Advocacy
  • University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney / Owner
  • Perkins Law Firm
  • 2015 - 2015
  • General Counsel
  • Container Scan Holdings, LLC
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Jackson, Shields, Yeiser & Holt
  • 2007 - 2014
  • Associate
  • Beasley Law Firm
  • 2005 - 2007
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  • University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Christian Brothers University
  • Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude
  • 2002

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Line Construction Benefit Fund v. Allied Electrical Contractors, Inc.
  • 7th Circuit upheld summary judgment for LINECO
  • Kim Mack v. Behavioral Services of Tennessee
  • Verdict for the Defendant


  • Mississippi Bar
  • 2007 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • 2005 - Present
  • Memphis Bar Association
  • 2005 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Second Best Respondent Brief
  • Robert F. Wagner National Labor & Employment Law Moot Court Competition
  • 2005
  • Dean's Distinguished Service Award
  • University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • 2005
  • Best Brief
  • University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Moot Court Board
  • 2003


Speaking Engagements

  • Tennessee School Board Association's Construction Workshop
  • Negotiating the Architect's Contract
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
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Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Tim Perkins for over 11 years. I met him in law school and we worked together representing our law school in moot court competitions against other schools from across the country. Tim's research and writing skills are incredible, and he has honed them to such an extent that he has become a very skilled advocate for his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Friend
"Tim was one of the smartest guys I knew in law school. He is very intelligent and is very skillful in the court room. A rare combination for lawyers. If you hire him, you won't be disappointed. He's also a brilliant musician."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Whenever I have an employment law question, Tim always has the answer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an asset to the legal profession."
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Memphis Employment and labor Lawyer Timothy Austin Perkins
Timothy Austin Perkins
Employment and labor Attorney
Memphis, TN
Licensed for 19 years