Timothy Perkins – AutoZone, Inc.

Practice/Organization Description

Timothy A. Perkins (“Tim”) is a Labor and Employment Law Attorney for AutoZone, Inc., a Fortune 300 Company with over 86,000 employees in over 5600 locations. Tim focuses his practice on employment law matters — such as wage & hour collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims under Title VII/ADEA/ADA/FMLA, etc.

Tim is a passionate writer and — in addition to his duties at AutoZone — plies that trade as an Adjunct Professor of Law for the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where he teaches Appellate Advocacy to second- and third-year law students, focusing on legal analysis, advanced legal writing techniques, and oral advocacy. He also serves as the Adjunct Coach of the Wagner Moot Court Team, which competes each March in the Robert F. Wagner Labor & Employment Law Moot Court Competition in New York City. Mr. Perkins is also a former professor in the Legal Methods Program, where he taught legal analysis, oral argument, and legal writing to first-year law students.

Tim graduated from Houston High School in Germantown, Tennessee, in the top 10 of his class as a member of the National Honor Society. In his senior year, Congressman John Tanner appointed Tim to all three Service Academies (the Air Force Academy, the Naval Academy at Annapolis, and West Point). Tim began his college career at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY, but later transferred home to Christian Brothers University in Memphis, where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors of Science in Finance and Economics.

After graduating, Tim attended the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law. While in law school, Tim won the Best Brief Award in the in-school Advanced Moot Court Competition in 2004 as a second-year student and the Second Best Respondent Brief Award at the Wagner Competition in New York the following year. He also served as an Associate Justice on the Moot Court Board, presiding over the "Freshman" or 1-L moot court competition. In that role as a third-year law student, Tim developed and drafted a moot court problem involving an issue that the Circuit Courts of Appeal were split upon, and then presided over a committee that assembled (while Tim edited) the "bench brief", which informed the competition's judges about the issues on appeal and the arguments the petitioners and respondents were likely to raise during the competition.

After graduating from law school and before joining AutoZone in January 2016, Tim represented clients at all levels of state and federal court and in proceedings before administrative bodies, such as the Tennessee Department of Labor and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In addition to handling jury trials in both state and federal court, Tim has also argued before the Tennessee Court of Appeals on several occasions and before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. He has also submitted briefs to each of the Circuit Courts of Appeal where he is admitted to practice — the United States Courts of Appeal for the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Circuits, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States, which he petitioned for a writ of certiorari in 2010 (available under documents on JDSupra). Tim is licensed to practice in the states of Tennessee and Mississippi.

Bar Admissions

Tennessee, Mississippi, Supreme Court of the United States, Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Sixth Circuit, and Seventh Circuit, United States District Courts for the Western District of Tennessee, Northern District of Mississippi, Southern District of Mississippi


University of Memphis Law School, JD, 2005

Christian Brothers University, BS in Finance/Economics, summa cum laude, 2002

Professional Associations & Memberships

Tennessee Bar Association

Mississippi Bar Association

Honors and Awards

University of Memphis - Dean's Distinguished Service Award, 2005; Best Brief, University of Memphis Advanced Moot Court Competition, 2003; Second Best Respondent Brief, 29th Annual Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition, New York Law School, 2005. Associate Justice of the University of Memphis Moot Court Board, 2004-2005


123 S. Front St.
6th Floor, Dep't 8029
Memphis, TN 38103, United States

  • (901) 495-7218
  • (901)495-8550

Areas of Practice
  • Labor & Employment Law
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