Tom Perkins, Attorney

Tom Perkins has 20 years’ experience as a lawyer in Indiana.  His career has spanned both private practice and public service.

Tom began his career in the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, and rose to become section chief for the Capital Litigation/Habeas Corpus division.  In 2000-2001, he served as a Capital Litigation Liaison, where he assisted local prosecutors across the state on death penalty issues. 

Tom then served as Assistant City Attorney for the city of Carmel, Indiana. In this position, he advised City leaders on sensitive issues of public policy, prepared legal opinion letters to guide elected officials and department directors, and managed outside counsel in the City’s litigation matters.

In 2011, Tom joined the government services practice group in the Indianapolis office of Frost Brown Todd, LLC, a major Midwestern law firm with nearly 500 lawyers practicing from 11 offices in seven states.  There, Tom represented private companies and public entities in litigation and contract negotiation. Among other projects, Tom led a multi-discipline team in conducting due diligence for a transaction that refinanced $200 million in municipal debt for an Indiana city. 

In 2013, Tom returned to public service when he joined the staff of INPRS, the Indiana Public Retirement System, as Contracts Counsel. With approximately $30.2 billion in assets under management, INPRS is among the 100 largest pension funds in the United States, serving approximately 450,000 members and retirees.  Tom’s responsibilities include negotiation of both investment and procurement contracts, drafting and implementing personnel policies, and participating in information security matters.

Tom graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington in 1991 with a double major in Political Science and Slavic Languages.  He graduated from the Indiana University Law School – Indianapolis in 1995.  Tom is also a member of the 2012 class of the Indiana Leadership Forum.

Over the years, Tom has enjoyed opportunities to share his experience.  He has published articles on new legislation and appellate opinions and presented at seminars on topics that include the death penalty, government procurement, and digital technology integration such as “Bring Your Own Device” policies.  He has also taught Criminal Law and Procedure to several Marion County Sheriff’s Department recruit classes.

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