East Fork Justice of the Peace Bio
Thomas E. Perkins was appointed East Fork Township Justice of the Peace in 2010, and was sworn into office in November, of 2010. In addition to 14 years in private practice, Judge Perkins has served as District Judge, Nevada State Public Defender, and Chief Civil Deputy District Attorney. In the criminal courts, he has tried more than fifty jury cases, including many major homicide cases in rural Nevada and Douglas County, and has appeared in the Supreme Court of Nevada for both the prosecution and the defense. On the civil side, he handled significant projects for the County, including the 1996 Master Plan and the Herbig Park dedication.
Judge Perkins went to Nevada high schools, in Tonopah and Sparks, and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, and the University of Denver, College of Law. He took post graduate instruction at the Hastings College of Advocacy, the NCCD Trial Practice Institute, and the National Judicial College, and is admitted to practice by the State Bar of Nevada, the U.S. District Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. He has served on Supreme Court standing committees on lawyer’s ethics in criminal cases, and judicial ethics and campaign practices. In addition, Judge Perkins served for many years as a member and then president of the board of trustees for the Community Counseling Center, a nonprofit substance abuse treatment center that provides services in Douglas County, Carson City and Lyon County.
Tom lives in Minden with his wife, Ellen Perkins. He has worked in Douglas County since 1983 and lived here since 1994. They have five daughters between them.