Hammonds, Sills, Adkins, Guice, Noah & Perkins, L.L.P, which provides legal services to Louisiana public school boards and to numerous insurance companies operating in Louisiana named Alejandro “Al” Raeshod Perkins as its new managing partner. Firm co-founder and former managing partner Kenneth Sills will remain with the firm as of counsel.
As managing partner, Al will serve and support the nearly 30 attorneys in the firm’s 3 Louisiana locations.
“We started the firm in 1989 with just two lawyers and our staff, and we’ve now grown to the present 26 attorneys working from three offices across the state,” Ken Sills said. “Al is an excellent choice - there is no doubt that he will elevate the firm’s future as a strategic, wise, decisive and resilient leader. He embodies our client-first culture and is the perfect person to help ensure that we continue to develop new and improved ways to deliver value to our clients.”
“If you're going to talk the talk, Al walks the walk every day. As one of our youngest equity partners, in addition to all the things you’d expect, what impresses me is his extensive civic and community service. Over the years he has meaningfully contributed to State Bar activities and to public positions such as a member and past chairman of the University of Louisiana System. His devotion and passion for mentoring young law students at HBCUs has greatly helped the firm attract additional clients to the firm. He has been the primary recruiter of summer associates and the addition of several associates to the firm,” Sills added. “I am really looking forward to watching where Al and his partners take the firm in the coming years.”
The firm provides legal services to more than 50 of the public school districts in Louisiana and to numerous insurance companies and private clients throughout the state. Litigators at the firm handle both jury and non-jury trials for private and public clients. Legal services rendered by the firm include all levels of public school law, private and public employment law and claims, litigation and administrative hearings in State and Federal courts, insurance defense, construction contracts and claims, worker’s compensation matters, medical malpractice defense, collections, constitutional law claims, mediation services, and other general civil business matters.
“We have a big future ahead. I am humbled and honored that my partners asked me to lead the next chapter. I am looking forward to supporting such a talented, client-focused and community engaged law firm,” Al Perkins said.
“We’re excited about growth opportunities that will take our practice into new areas of law as we continue to attract new, talented lawyers. In my fifteen plus years with the firm, I’ve observed the positive impact of growth not only to our bottom line but on the morale and brand Hammonds & Sills. Over the past 2 years we’ve doubled down on our investment in technology and tools to enhance our virtual presence with clients. This has bolstered their confidence in us as expert at a very pivotal time for our clients as they grapple with ever more challenging and complex issues.”
“Our commitment to diversity has been around a long time, but it is really in my DNA to help and mentor promising young lawyers grow in their careers,” Perkins adds.
Al is a resident of Prairieville and practices in the Baton Rouge office. He is a seasoned litigator specializing in complex litigation, general liability, labor and employment, and education law.
He is an appointed member of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana (UL) System and a member of 100 Black Men of Baton Rouge currently serving on the Board of Directors. Most recently he was inducted into Southern University Law Center’s Hall of Fame. He is a member of the National Bar Association and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Al has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Xavier University, and a Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center. In 2019, Grambling State University awarded Al an Honorary Doctoral Degree in recognition of his service to higher education, leadership and service to the community.