Lisa Perkins joined the UConn Law faculty in 2015 after more than 17 years with the U.S. Department of Justice. She worked for five years as a trial attorney in the Tax Division of the Western Criminal Enforcement Section, prosecuting tax crimes in the western half of the United States, then moved to Connecticut. Until January 2015, she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Hartford, handling both civil and criminal litigation in federal court on behalf of the U.S. government. Her caseload included tax and financial crimes, immigration, employment discrimination, medical malpractice, Freedom of Information Act litigation and civil rights cases. As the Intern Coordinator in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Hartford for more than 10 years, she mentored many UConn Law students.
In January 2015, Professor Perkins left the U.S. Attorney’s Office to start her own law practice focusing on tax, immigration and civil rights. As Director of the Tax Clinic at UConn School of Law, she supervises law students who represent low-income taxpayers before the IRS and in Tax Court.
Professor Perkins earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, a juris doctor from Michigan State University College of Law and an LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown Law.