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John Collins

John Collins

also known as John A. Collins, III, Jack Collins

Practice areas:

Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Motorcycle Accident

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About Me

John A. Collins, III, is a Director/Shareholder who concentrates in the areas of Personal Injury Law and Criminal Law. Attorney Collins currently serves as the Managing Partner of Suisman Shapiro.  He is a member of the Connecticut Bar.  Mr. Collins received his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross (1978) and his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law (1981) where he was a member and Notes Editor of the Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law. Attorney Collins is a member of the American, Connecticut and New London County Bar Associations. He is also a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Connecticut Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


Attorney Collins has successfully obtained verdicts or public settlements on behalf of clients ranging from a $10 Million settlement for a young girl badly burned in a school fire, a 2008 verdict of $379,000 (including interest and costs) for a 22 year old woman injured in an automobile collision, a recent $225,000 settlement for an individual wrongfully deprived of 401k funds and a $1 million judgment for a victim of sexual abuse.  Disclaimer: Of course, past results are no indication as to the value or results likely to be obtained in any present and future claims.


John A. Collins, III has been recognized by his peers by inclusion as a Connecticut Super Lawyers 2010-2014 in the field of Personal Injury, Products Liability and Criminal Defense. Visit  “In selecting attorneys for Super Lawyers, Law & Politics employs a rigorous, multiphase process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis…  The final published list represents no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state.”  Super Lawyers Selection Process:


The Connecticut Bar Foundation honored Attorney John A. Collins, III in 2005 with its selection of Attorney Collins as a Life Fellow.  "Selection as a Fellow requires demonstrated superior legal ability and devotion to the welfare of the community, state and nation, as well as to the advancement of the legal foundation".  Source: Connecticut Bar Foundation.


Attorney Collins has authored two publications of note. In 2004, he was selected as a seminar presenter by the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association to address the topic of construction site injuries. His paper, authored with the assistance Of Robert G. Tukey, is entitled: PURSUING NEGLIGENCE ACTIONS ARISING FROM CONSTRUCTION SITE INJURIES: 2004.   The article was presented at a seminar in February 2004 addressing legal issues involving contractor and subcontractor liability for construction site injuries.  The white paper addresses the historical underpinnings of such liability up to 2004.  Copies are available upon request:   Attorney John A. Collins, III also authored a scholarly work as a law student entitled: Self Determination in International Law, Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, 1981,


Mr. Collins resides with his family in and is a long time resident of Old Lyme, Connecticut.  Attorney John A. Collins, III coached Little League for 12 years, and has a strong believe in giving back to the community.  Mr Collins serves or has served on the:

• Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association Budget Committee (2009, 2010);
• Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library  (Board of Directors 2005-present: President: 2008-2010);
• Old Lyme Ethics Formation Committee (Acting Chair, 2006-2008);
• New London Main Street (Board of Directors 1999-2005: President, 2004, 2005);
• Lymes' Youth Service Bureau (Board of Directors1994-2000: Chairman, 1999, 2000);
• Old Lyme Day Care, Inc. (Board of Directors 1987-1997)


Attorney John A. Collins, III has tried and/or settled numerous claims for personal inuries over a 28 year law practice to assist injured victims.  Ethical rules prohibit disclosure of confidential settlements and Attorney Collins strongly believes that the individual client’s confidentiality is vital to a strong attorney-client relationship.  Accordingly, the following public results offer a glimpse of the wide variety of personal injury matters accepted by Mr. Collins:


Jacobs v. Milunus KNL-CV08-5008030S Arbitration Award, $1,053,356 (2010)

• Crespo v. Wood,  KNL-CV-07-5003413S Verdict, interest & Costs:  $379,290, (2008) ---rear end automobile collision;
• Martic v. Tunstall, CV 05 4001869S, Verdict: $129,070, (2005) ---civil assault;
• Hayes v. Johnson, CV-01-0560480S, Verdict: $259,173, (2003) ---auto accident involving drunk driver defendant;
• Shelby v. Munro Muffler, CV-97-0543736S, Verdict: $475,000, (2000) ---injury involving defective garage automobile lift;
• Dumont v. UBC, CV-97-0542600S, Verdict of $300,000 reduced by comparative negligence to $150,000 (2000) ---injury from defective roof trusses;
• Parsons v. Town of Salem, (2000) --- injuries from defective highway;
• John Doe1 v. David Zaharie, CV-99-0552498S, Judgment: $1 million (1999) ---injuries from sexual abuse of a minor;
• Mattos v. Morris, CV-970544744S, Verdict: $71,657 (1999) ---soft tissue automobile accident injuries;
• Russ v. Allstate Insurance, CV-96-0539136, CV-95-0536638, Verdict: $203,498 (1997) ---soft tissue injuries from 2 separate minor motor vehicle accidents,
Disclaimer: Of course, past results are no indication as to the value or results likely to be obtained in any present and future claims.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1981

  1. Car Accidents: 60%
    34 years
  2. Personal Injury: 15%
    34 years
  3. Wrongful Death: 10%
    34 years
  4. Medical Malpractice: 10%
  5. Motorcycle Accident: 5%
    34 years



Contingent (33%), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Scott Douglas Camassar

    I endorse this lawyer. He is highly skilled and experienced, always thorough and prepared. He is a fine gentleman and a credit to the profession.


    Scott Camassar Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Theodore W Heiser

    I highly endorse Jack Collins. He is well prepared, knowledgeable and represents his clients with zeal. He is the consummate professional and as an adversary someone you can always trust and respect.


    Theodore Heiser Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Suisman Shapiro

2 Union Plaza Suite 200
PO Box 1591
New London, CT, 06320-1591




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Personal InjuryBest Lawyers in America2016
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Personal InjuryBest Lawyers in America2015
Local litigation StarBenchmark Litigation2014
Personal InjuryBest Lawyers in America2014
Personal InjuryBest Lawyers in America2013
Local Litigation StarBenchmark Litigation2013
New England/ Connecticut Super LawyerKey Professional Media, Inc.2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Personal InjuryBest Lawyers in America2012
Local Litigation StarBenchmark Plaintiff2011
Connecticut Super LawyerKey Professional Media, Inc.2011
Connecticut Super LawyerKey Professional Media, Inc.2010
New England Super LawyerKey Professional Media, Inc.2010
Connecticut Super LawyerKey Professional Media, Inc.2009
Connecticut Super LawyersKey Professional Media, Inc.2007
Connecticut Super LawyersKey Professional Media, Inc.2006
Life FellowConnecticut Bar Foundation2005

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerSuisman Shapiro1981 - Present


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Old Lyme Water Resouce CommitteeMember2011 - Present
Connecticut Trial Lawyers AssociationBudget Committee2008 - 2011
Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes LibraryPresident2008 - 2011
Old Lyme Ethics Formation CommitteeChair2006 - 2008
Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Fund Development CommitteeMember2004 - 2008
New London Main StreetPresident2001 - 2005
Lymes' Youth Service BureauChairman1995 - 2000
New London County Bar Association, Ethics CommitteeChair1988 - 1992
Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationFounding Member/Board of Directors1987 - Present
Connecticut Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1982 - Present
Connecticut Bar AssociationMember1981 - Present
New London County Bar AssociationMember1981 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Crespo v. WoodPlaintiff's verdict: $315,000
Martic v. TunstallPlaintiff's verdict: $129,070
Hayes v. JohnsonVerdict: $259,173

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Publication NameTitleDate
Suisman ShapiroMotor Vehicle Accident Victim Awarded $1,053, 2562010
New London DayJury Awards Verdict to Crash Victim2008
Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association publicationPursuing Negligence Actions Arising From Construction Site Injuries2004
New London DayConstruction worker gets $150,000 in injury suit2000
Case Western Reserve Journal of International LawSelf Determination in International Law1981


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Case Western Reserve University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
College of the Holy CrossPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1978

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
CTLA Negligence SeminarPursuing Negligence Actions Arising From Construction Site Injuries2004