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Since mid-1987, I have been a private sole practitioner specializing in criminal defense and civil rights litigation. I represented clients in the state and federal courts charged with crimes that range from petit theft to first degree murder and include federal charges of drug trafficking and continuing criminal enterprises. I also represented clients in the state and federal appeal courts. I argued the case of Smith v. United States, 508 U.S. 223 (1993), before the Supreme Court of the United States where the Court appointed me to represent the petitioner John Angus Smith. In addition, I was counsel in a 220 person class action suit, Jones v. Sheriff, 9 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. D107 (S.D. Fla. 1995), against the local Sheriff where the federal judge entered summary judgment proscribing the practice of post-acquittal detention and ordered damages for the class in an amount in excess of one million dollars.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Civil Rights: 40%
    37 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 38%
    37 years
  3. Appeals: 10%
    37 years
  4. Class Action: 7%
    37 years
  5. Personal Injury: 5%
    37 years



Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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    Have known Gary for over 20 years and have the highest respect for his knowledge and ability. I endorse Gary.


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Contact info

Gary Kollin, P.A.

1856 N. Nob Hill Road
Suite 140
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33322-6548


FLMember in Good Standing197909/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Nationally Board Certified in Criminal Trial Advocacy Since 1993National Board of Trial Advocacy2010
Board Certified as an Expert in Criminal Trial Law Since 1990The Florida Bar2010
Board Certified as an Expert-Criminal Appellate Law Since 1993The Florida Bar2010
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Super Lawyer in Civil Rights LawSuper Lawyers2007
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2006
Super Lawyer in Civil Rights LawSuper Lawyers2006
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2003
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2002
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2001
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2000
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum1996
Leading Florida Lawyer in Criminal LawAmerican Research Corporation1993
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1990
Recognized LawyerWho's Who in American Law -Marquis1987
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Chief Litigation CounselGary Kollin, P.A.1987 - 2008
Field CounselFlorida Auditor General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit1985 - 1987
Assistant State AttorneyBroward State Attorney's Office1982 - 1985
Assistant Public DefenderBroward Public Defender's Office1979 - 1981
Computer Programmer/AnalystPeter Bent Brigham Hospital1975 - 1976
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1987 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1980 - Present
The Florida BarMember1979 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
John Angus Smith v. United States508 U.S. 223 (1993)
Alan S. Jones v. Sheriff of Broward County, FloridaOver $1.2 million dollars awarded to 220 persons
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Florida Court ReporterTo File or Not to File, That is the Question1997
Florida DefenderPost Acquittal Detention: Go Directly Back to Jail1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
Harvard UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
United States Supreme Court