Criminal Law, Civil Law, Traffic, Bankruptcy
What Sean Perkins says he learned from his brother at the law firm was: “Every case is a big case. It doesn’t matter if it’s a civil infraction or a capital crime. In other words, every client matters.”
For Perkins, this is a second career – one that he loves. After attending Hampton University, a black historical college in Virginia, he returned home to graduate from Wayne State University with a political science degree. He landed a job as a pipefitter for Ford Motor Company. When he was laid off he jumped on the opportunity to go to Thomas Cooley Law School. “It just seemed like the perfect fit,” he said.
His life experiences, including his work at Ford and in the legal field, have made him a better lawyer. “I’m a able to connect with people from the blue collar workers in the plants to guys in the neighborhood to the guys in the board room. I think that kind of experience helps better serve our clients. “
Perkins was raised in Detroit around the Holbrook-Caniff area. He was one of six brothers. He went through the Detroit Public System through ninth grade and then went to Shrine High School, a private school in Royal Oak where he ran track; the 200 and 400 meter race. “In track you need discipline,” he said. “You’re always tired and you have to keep yourself going. You have to practice and practice and you can’t quit. That discipline that I learned has helped me as a lawyer.”
He said was fortunate to have great parents. “When I look back, I was totally blessed to have the parents I have. They taught us not to settle for less.”
Wayne State University Law School, B.S. Political Science
Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D.