I went to my first deposition at age 7, and I grew up watching my dad try cases in small town courts. So the law and advocacy is in my blood. Later I got involved in political campaigns, which deepened my knowledge of government and the ways government and business work together. Today, I use that knowledge to solve problems for clients.
Giles Perkins advises clients in Alabama, the Southeast, and Washington, D.C. at the intersection of government and business. He understands the language of both, and he shepherds clients through litigation, regulatory compliance, public finance, legislative, government contracting, and administrative matters. In recent years, he has focused on advising clients in the financial services, housing, and healthcare industries regarding regulatory and litigation matters at the state and federal level.
Giles is an experienced trial lawyer, having tried dozens of cases, bench and jury, civil and criminal. He has handled matters in both state and federal court, including the U.S. Court of Appeals – D.C. Circuit, the U.S. Court of Claims, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has particular strength in assembling teams of lawyers and other professionals to address the complex litigation, government relations, and public relations needs of clients.
Giles served as Executive Director of the Alabama Democratic Party from 1997 to 1999, and he has advised elected officials and candidates for offices at the local, state, and federal levels. In 2017, he was honored to serve as Campaign Chair for the Doug Jones for U.S. Senate campaign.
“ We live in a very transparent age. Transparency is healthy, but it does give rise to meaningful legal concerns. I know and speak the languages of both business people and regulators, so I can move quickly with clients to solve problems before they become crises. ”
- Washington and Lee University, J.D., 1992
- Southern Methodist University, B.A., 1989
Giles is active in the Birmingham community as a Founding Member of Birmingham Zoo, Inc., a public-private nonprofit formed to assume management of the Birmingham Zoo, and he was instrumental in making it the number one tourist attraction in Alabama. He served as President of the Railroad Park Foundation during the construction of the 22 million-dollar green space, park, and amphitheater in downtown Birmingham. Railroad Park won the Urban Land Institute's Open Spaces Award as well as many other accolades. It has transformed downtown Birmingham.
Areas of Practice
- AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- "Top Flight Lawyers" - Star of the Bar, B-Metro Magazine, 2015
- “Top Attorneys” - B-Metro and BHM Biz, 2017
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
- Birmingham Zoo, Inc., Founding Member
- Railroad Park Foundation, President Emeritus
- Rotary Club of Birmingham, Member
- UAB Athletics Fundraising Campaign