Larry S. Perlman



Larry S. Perlman is a partner and litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Dr. Perlman advises clients on a wide array of personnel-related matters involving compliance with federal and state labor and employment laws. Dr. Perlman's practice also involves assisting clients with a variety of day-to-day human resource issues, such as employee discipline, employee leave, wage and hour questions, and disability accommodation. He is a member of the Labor & Employment Practice and the Automotive and Health Care Industry Teams.

Dr. Perlman regularly represents employers in state and federal courts throughout the nation, as well as in administrative agencies such as the EEOC and NLRB. He has handled claims involving employment discrimination and harassment under federal and state law (ADA, FMLA, ADEA, Title VII), as well as common law tort and contract actions. Dr. Perlman also represents management in union-related matters, including unfair labor practice charges before the NLRB, injunctions to stop unlawful union activity, and litigation involving unlawful union secondary activity.

Dr. Perlman drafts and revises handbooks and other employment policies and procedures, participates in company investigations of employee complaints, assists clients with reductions-in-force, and addresses non-competition concerns.

Before joining Foley & Lardner LLP and prior to law school, Dr. Perlman worked as a physician specializing in internal medicine.

Representative Experience

  • Successful litigation of unpaid student intern FLSA claims, including summary judgment in three federal district court matters, defeating a consolidated appeal of those cases to the Eleventh Circuit, and defeating a petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court.
  • Obtaining summary judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in a high-value disability discrimination case involving a compelled medical examination of an employee suffering from an eating disorder.
  • Obtaining a worldwide injunction prohibiting a former employee from directly competing against our client, in violation of the parties non-compete agreement.
  • Federal court litigation of a “secondary boycott” claim in the context of a union’s longstanding corporate campaign against a Fortune 500 company.


  • Dr. Perlman was recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the practice area of Labor & Employment (2020-2021)


Dr. Perlman earned his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 2007), where he served as contributing editor for the Michigan Journal of Law Reform. He received his M.D. in 1998 from the University of Michigan Medical School and his undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences from the University of Michigan (B.S., 1995).


Dr. Perlman is admitted to practice in Florida, Michigan and before the United States Supreme Court, United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, the Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida, and the Sixth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals.