Peter Perlman

Peter Perlman Law Offices, P.S.C.
148 N Broadway
Lexington, KY 40507
(859) 253-3919

Peter Perlman heads his own firm in Lexington, Kentucky, where he specializes in products liability and crash-worthiness litigation.  He is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, a member of the International Society of Barristers, a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, has served on the Board of Trustees of the National Judicial College and is a founding member and past President of the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice.  He is also past President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Civil Justice Foundation, and the Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys.  Peter was recently elected 2013 President of the Litigation Counsel of America.

He is in the University of Kentucky Law Alumni Hall of Fame.  He is the author of numerous publications, including the book, Annotated Opening Statements.  For 25 years he taught the subject of trial practice at the University of Kentucky College of Law and an Endowment Scholarship has been established in his name by the law school.

He has won more than 50 multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements.  Pete has been told by judges and opposing lawyers that his greatest strength is his ability to simplify fairly complicated issues.  Pete frequently uses analogies, country music, proverbs, and other similar methods to help tell the story to the jury.

The Peter Perlman Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award is given annually by the Kentucky Justice Association. The award is bestowed upon an attorney who has demonstrated exceptional talent, fights for the rights of consumers, and gives back to the legal profession.

Peter received the “President’s Award” at the annual AIEG (lawyers specializing in crashworthiness cases) in 2009.  The award was in recognition of successful efforts to force General Motors and Chrysler to assume liability for all vehicles involved in collisions after bankruptcy.  The award states in part “you are true hero to the tens of millions for whom you fought for accountability from the auto manufacturers.”

Peter was presented with the Tommy Malone Great American Eagle Award at the 2010 Southern Trial Lawyers Association convention. This award recognizes an individual who has a calling to help others, who is a powerful example of the bold pursuit of excellence and justice, a person who inspires others, and is a living symbol of integrity, strength, bravery, devotion, and friendship as well as a hero to many.

On May 5, 2010, Peter received the Henry T. Duncan Award from the Fayette County Bar Association at their 2010 Law Day Awards luncheon.  This award is presented to an attorney whose integrity, leadership and professional conduct serves to exemplify the high ethical and professional standards that benefit the community.

In July of 2011, Pete was awarded the Champion of Justice award by the Civil Justice Foundation at their annual meeting in New York, New York.  He also received the Compassionate Gladiator award in 2012 from the Florida Justice Association.

In 2012, Pete was awarded the Leonard M. Ring, Champion of Justice Award – one of the nation’s highest legal honors – given to a person whose life and career epitomizes a true champion of justice.



Began law practice in Lexington, Kentucky in 1962; admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; all Kentucky state courts and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western District of Kentucky

·   Served as Assistant Commonwealth Attorney in Fayette County from 1965-1968

·   Served as lead prosecutor in over 100 felony convictions, including Comm. v. Honke, the first LSD conviction in the United States; 1967

·   Set up Peter Perlman Law Offices in 1978 – practice has concentrated on representation of individuals and families suffering death or catastrophic injury; primary emphasis has been on dangerous and defective products

·   Received “av” rating from Martindale Hubbell, Inc. since 1979

·   Adjunct professor, UK College of Law, 1979-2004

·   Closing arguments from Peter’s cases have been profiled in numerous publications, including “Closing Arguments, Volume I and Volume II” published in 2006 and 2008



·   Selected to University of Kentucky College of Law “Alumni Hall of Fame”  1998

·   Since 1993, the Kentucky Justice Association has honored the outstanding trial lawyer in the state with the “Peter Perlman Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award”

·   An endowment scholarship was established in Peter’s name at the UK College of Law in 1999 – this has provided scholarships for 20 students

·   Selected by “Superlawyers” as one of Kentucky’s Top 10 Attorneys in 2007 and 2008; profiled in 2007 edition

·   Former President Kentucky Justice Association

·  Former President Kentucky Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates; limited to outstanding lawyers as selected by their peers

·  Selected to give commencement address at graduation ceremonies of the University of Kentucky College of Law and Northern Kentucky College of Law

·  Numerous seminar and educational presentations given to meetings and conventions sponsored by Fayette County Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association, Kentucky Justice Association, and UK College of Law



·  Elected President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America; a national organization devoted to preservation of trial by jury; at the time he was President it consisted of 72,000 members (1985-1986)

·  Elected President of the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, a national public interest law firm devoted to preservation of rights of average citizens in the court system (2000-2001)

·  Elected President of the Civil Justice Foundation; provides support to grassroots organizations committed to prevention of consumer injury and access to justice (1989)

·  Selected for membership in the Inner Circle of Advocates; national organization limited to 100 lawyers; considered the premier trial lawyers in the country representing average citizens and consumers (1984-present)       

·  Selected as a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers; a national organization limited to 500 lawyers in the United States and 30 countries around the world; admission is based upon exceptional  skill, character and integrity as chosen by peers and judges; consists of both plaintiff and defense lawyers; also served 4 terms on the Board of Directors (1983-present)

·  Selected as member of the International Society of Barristers; trial lawyers chosen by their peers on the basis of excellence and integrity in advocacy; seeks to preserve trial by jury, the adversary system, and independence of the judiciary (2003)

·  Selected by the American Bar Association to serve on Board of Trustees of the National Judicial College, the nation’s top judicial training institution

·  Received Southern Trial Lawyers’ Association War Horse Award in 1995; given to lawyers who have shown exceptional commitment to furthering the cause of justice

·  Served on faculty at seminars and programs presented at numerous law schools, including Harvard, Louisville, Kentucky, and Tennessee

·  Presentation to National Press Club Newsmaker” series (1986)

·  Authored numerous articles and legal publications, including the book “Opening Statement” and “Opening Statement, annotated” (published 1994)

·  Featured in publication “Fighting for Public Justice – Cases and Trial Lawyers that made a difference” (published 2001)

·  Listed in Best Lawyers of America since its publication in 1986

·  Presented with the Tommy Malone Great American Eagle Award. This award recognizes an individual who has a calling to help others, who is a powerful example of the bold pursuit of excellence and justice, a person who inspires others, and is a living symbol of integrity, strength, bravery, devotion, and friendship as well as a hero to many.  February 13, 2010, at the annual conference of STLA in New Orleans.

·  Member, Diversity Law Institute

·  Member, Trial Law Institute

·  2013 President of Litigation Counsel of America



·  Volunteer childrens’ activities – served as Big Brother; served as President of Junior Achievement; coach of Calvary Baptist Church “Upward Basketball Program”

·   Served as chair of development and funding for playground for children at Cardinal Hill Hospital; at the time it was the first specialized playground for handicapped children in the United States

·   Active member of Lexington Rotary Club since 1972; has served on many committees and on Board of Directors

·  Served as President of Lexington Jaycees and Vice President of Kentucky Jaycees

·  Selected as Outstanding Young Man of Lexington, and one of five Outstanding Young Men of Kentucky

·   Member of the University of Kentucky Development Council

·  University of Kentucky Fellow since 1972; also recognized as Henry Stites Barker Fellow in 2006



Graduate Dixie Heights High School-1955

Graduate University of Kentucky-1959

Duke University College of Law-1959-1960

Graduate University of Kentucky College of Law-1962



Married to the former Lana Day Coyle; three children: Pamela, Patrice and Penne; four grandchildren: Sarah, Jacob, Jack and Nick