Sterling Perkinson focuses his practice on employee benefits and executive compensation. As part of this practice, Mr. Perkinson works with plan sponsors in the design and administration of 401(k), profit sharing and defined benefit pension plans. Mr. Perkinson also represents clients in connection with IRS and Department of Labor audits of qualified plans as well as voluntary correction programs. Mr. Perkinson regularly provides counsel and negotiates on behalf of clients with respect to employee benefits and executive compensation issues in connection with mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and other business transactions. Mr. Perkinson also advises plan sponsors, plan fiduciaries and investment management clients with respect to fiduciary and prohibited transaction rules for investing plan investments.

Mr. Perkinson was named one of Triangle's “40 Under 40” in 2016 by Triangle Business Journal. He was also named a 2013 North Carolina "Rising Star" for Employment Benefits/ERISA Law by Super Lawyers magazine. Mr. Perkinson was recognized as a 2014 "Legal Elite" for Employment Law by Business North Carolina magazine.

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association, Tax Section

North Carolina Bar Association, Tax Section

North Carolina Opera, Board of Directors, Secretary

Prevent Blindness NC, Board of Directors, 2nd Vice Chair

Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Raleigh Alumnus


  • Washington University School of Law, J.D. (2006)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Master of Accounting (2000)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., English and Mathematics (1999)

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina (2006)

Who We Are

Suite 1400, 4208 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC, 27609
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R. Sterling Perkinson

Experience Highlights

Retirement plan for New York City Police Department Superior Officers Council
Represents New York City Police Department Superior Officers Council with respect to its retirement plan established for officers of the New York more
ERISA asset management for a large financial institution
Assisted a large financial institution with all aspects of a transaction to enhance the anticipated long-term return of its pension plan by a private more
Bolt-On Acquisition of Medical Device Manufacturer
Represented French private equity fund sponsor and its portfolio company, a Franco-American manufacturer of surgical devices, in the leveraged more
Strategic acquisition for global manufacturer of aircraft systems
Served as buyer's counsel for one of the largest providers of aircraft equipment and on board systems for commercial, regional and business more