Eric C. Perkins, Esq.

Eric Perkins has been practicing business and nonprofit law in Richmond, Virginia since 1996.  Born and raised in Bluefield, West Virginia, he was valedictorian of the Bluefield High School Class of 1989.  He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia in 1993 with a B.A. in Economics and earned his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1996.

Eric has assisted entrepreneurs in structuring and forming hundreds of business entities. In addition, he advises business owners and executives on franchising matters, corporate governance, noncompete, and other contract and compliance issues, works regularly with nonprofit organizations on a variety of corporate, tax, and compliance issues, and has represented a unique group of clients in the sports entertainment field.

Eric has helped real estate sponsors raise over $1 billion in Regulation D private offerings, including tenants-in-common (TICs), Delaware statutory trusts (DSTs), real estate investment trusts (REITs), syndicated limited liability companies, real estate opportunity funds, and promissory note offerings. Eric is a frequent author and lecturer on a variety of business, nonprofit, and securities law topics. He is a co-author of the Virginia CLE handbook “Contract Law in Virginia” as well as “Richmond – One of America’s Best Tennis Towns,” chronicling over 100 years of tennis history in Richmond. He is also the author of “The Essential Legal Guide for the Professional Wrestler.”

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. (1996)
  • University of Virginia, B.A. with Distinction in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa (1993)

Professional Associations and Civic Organizations

  • Virginia State Bar
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising
  • Virginia Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • United States Tennis Association
  • Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce
  • Henrico Business Leaders
  • Short Pump Rotary Club
  • Richmond Tennis Association
  • Virginia Franchise Forum

Speaking Engagements

  • An Intro to Social Entrepreneurship and the Virginia Benefit Corporation (2016 Creative Change Center C3 ED: Left Brain Advice for Right Brain Professionals Workshop, Richmond, Virginia)
  • Structuring Private Placement Memorandum for the Private Sales and Solicitation of Securities (2016 Strafford Publications Web Conference)
  • The Epidemic of Fraud and What to Do About It (2015 Richmond Association of Business Economics, Richmond, Virginia)
  • Diversifying Nonprofit Revenue (2013 ConnectVA workshop, Hopewell, Virginia)
  • The ABCs of Franchising (2013 Small Business Workshop,  Chesterfield County Public Library, Chesterfield, Virginia)
  • Injecting Business Ethics into Your Company (2013 Tilted Unconference, Richmond, Virginia)
  • The Perkins Five Finger Philosophy of Nonprofit Board Composition (2011 USTA/Virginia Tennis Annual Meeting, Richmond, Virginia)
  • Legal Compliance Tips for Your Next Charity Fundraiser (2011 Virginia Fund Raising Institute Annual Conference, Richmond, Virginia)
  • Compliance Tips for Startup Nonprofit Organizations (2011 ConnectRichmond Workshop, Richmond, Virginia)
  • Are You Ready to Franchise Your Business? (2010 Perkins Law and FranDiscover Workshop, Richmond, Virginia)
  • Proposed Amendments to Regulation D and their Potential Impact on Issuers (2008 Tenant-in-Common Association Spring Symposium, Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Nuts and Bolts of Franchising (Virginia Franchise Forum, Richmond, Virginia, 2008)
  • How to Franchise Your Existing Business (2008 Central Virginia Franchise & Financing Expo, Richmond, Virginia)
  • General Solicitation and Advertising Issues in Regulation D Private Placements (2004 Tenant-in-Common Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • LLCs:  Advising Small Business Start-Ups and Larger Companies (2003-2004 Lorman Seminars, Richmond, Virginia)