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Richard Thomas Collins

Practice areas:

Insurance, Wrongful Death, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Defective and Dangerous Products

Richard Collins

About Me

Rich Collins is known for being an aggressive advocate and formidable trial opponent who is attentive to his clients' needs, approaching each case with a results-oriented litigation plan of uncompromising quality. Named to the list of Super Lawyers for 2015, Rich handles a wide variety of cases, including insurance bad faith, serious personal injury and wrongful death claims, resulting in the recovery of millions of dollars for his clients through verdicts and settlements. He has been featured in the press for his involvement in litigation against doctors and pharmacies responsible for prescription overdose deaths. Rich also has substantial experience in business, employment, real estate, environmental and toxic tort litigation, and product liability matters.


 


As a trial attorney whose experience includes drafting manuals and handbooks utilized by insurance companies in the litigation of claims, and as a former claims representative with a national insurer, Rich understands the intricacies of insurance cases from both sides of the aisle. With this rare perspective, Rich has excellent working knowledge of how claims are made, handled and resolved, providing his consumer and small business clients with a wealth of expertise. Rich has the necessary skills, compassion, and dedication to succeed on behalf of those who have experienced insurance bad faith, have suffered serious personal injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one.


 


Rich established his practice in Southern California and is particularly attuned to the Southern California community and local court system, though he has been lead counsel in numerous jury and court trials in federal and state courts throughout California and elsewhere. He frequently receives referrals from other attorneys, has been invited to lecture on many insurance-related and wrongful death-related matters across the region.


 


Rich resides in Laguna Niguel with his wife and four children. He is active in his community, where he has coached Little League Baseball, ASA Softball and AYSO Soccer, has served on the Board of the local Little League and the City's Youth Sports Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Knights of Columbus.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1993

  1. Insurance: 50%
  2. Personal Injury: 15%
  3. Wrongful Death: 15%
  4. Defective and Dangerous Products: 10%
  5. Medical Malpractice: 10%

Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (120 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Boris Kayhan

    A professional in the truest sense of the word. Excellent attorney!

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    Boris Kayhan Landlord & Tenant Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Torsten Michael Bassell

    In recent years, I had the opportunity to litigate a case against Mr. Collins. Although he was an adversary, he was a consummate professional and a tough, adept litigator. Throughout the case that we had against each other, Mr. Collins proved himself to be an extremely skilled opponent and my respect for him continually grew. He constantly displayed an impressive command over the facts of the case and the law applicable to the matter. He fought vigorously for his client and proved to me that he was an exceptional lawyer of the highest caliber. In my estimation, any client that retains Mr. Collins' services should count himself or herself lucky. I can confidently say that Mr. Collins would provide any such client with the highest quality of representation and he would not stop fighting until he got the client the best result possible.

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    Torsten Bassell Wrongful Death Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Callahan & Blaine

3 Hutton Centre Fl 9
Santa Ana, CA, 92707

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive199305/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Private reproval, public disclosure
    issued in CA, 1998

    updated

    Private reproval, public disclosure means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar warns the lawyer in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2015

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyCallahan & Blaine2015 - Present
PartnerBerger Kahn A Law Corporation2011 - 2015
AttorneyVeatch Carlson, LLP2010 - 2011
AttorneyLaw Offices of Richard T. Collins2004 - 2010
AttorneyHollins Schechter1996 - 2004

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Orange County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Knights of ColumbusMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Whittier College School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of California, DavisPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1988

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Overtaken: One Community, Hundreds of Fatal OverdosesOvertaken: One Community, Hundreds of Fatal Overdoses2013
Harris Martin’s Mold Conference: Science on TrialTriggering Coverage in a ‘Mold Case’ and What To Do When Coverage Is Denied2007
Orange County Bar Association, Insurance Law SectionLitigating the Small Bad Faith Case2006