Perlman, Cary R.

Cary R. Perlman

Retired Partner

Cary Perlman retired from the partnership in December 2021. Mr. Perlman has advised on litigation, with an emphasis on environmental litigation and other complex cases. His experience includes litigation involving contaminated sites, citizen suits, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Oil Pollution Act, RCRA, toxic torts, and white collar environmental crime. Mr. Perlman has also litigated commercial disputes, class actions, derivative actions, and securities cases. He has focused on matters involving complex regulatory programs, complex issues of causation and/or damages, and complex expert testimony.

Mr. Perlman is the former Chair of Latham & Watkins' Chicago Environment, Land & Resources Department. He has worked with the firm's Corporate and Finance Departments to provide counsel on the environmental and regulatory aspects of transactions and development projects.

Mr. Perlman has spoken on both litigation and environmental topics at conferences sponsored by the American Bar Association (ABA) and others. He served as the general editor for the ABA publication Environmental Litigation: Law and Strategy, published in May 2009.

At the time of his retirement, Mr. Perlman was a member of the ABA Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, as well as the Environmental Law Institute. He joined Latham in 1988, following a clerkship with United States district judge Robert E. Keeton.


  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1987
  • BA, University of Michigan, 1984