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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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2016|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Attorney||Callahan & Blaine||2015 - Present|
|Partner||Berger Kahn A Law Corporation||2011 - 2015|
|Attorney||Veatch Carlson, LLP||2010 - 2011|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Richard T. Collins||2004 - 2010|
|Attorney||Hollins Schechter||1996 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Orange County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|State Bar of California||Member||N/A|
|Knights of Columbus||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Orange County Bar Association, Insurance Law Section||Member||N/A|
|Super Lawyers||Nine Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Southern California Super Lawyers With Top Honors in the Lists of “Top 100” and “Orange County Top 50”||2015|
|ABC7 Los Angeles||Partner Rich Collins quoted in ABC7 on Prescription Medication Wrongful Death Case||2014|
|Orange County Register||Partner Rich Collins Quoted in Orange County Register Article “Newport Doctor Accused in Two…Overdose Deaths”||2014|
|CNN||Berger Kahn Clients of Partner Rich Collins Interviewed on CNN as Part of a Special on Addiction in America||2014|
|Attorney Journal||Partner Rich Collins Recognized in Attorney Journal for Participation in CNN Special on Addiction in America||2014|
|ABC7 Los Angeles||ABC7 News Features Berger Kahn Client and Former Costco Pharmacy Tech. Fired for Alerting Supervisors About Excessive Filling of Narcotic Prescriptions||2013|
|Daily Journal||Prescription Drug Overdose: Who's to Blame||2013|
|Santa Barbara News-Press||Doctor Takes Plea Deal - Three Families Represented by Berger Kahn Partner||2013|
|Santa Barbara News Press||Berger Kahn Principal Rich Collins Featured in Overmedication and Wrongful Death Case||2013|
|Courthouse News Service||Partner Rich Collins Helps Patient Sue for Medical Malpractice in Opioid Overprescription Case in Santa Barbara||2013|
|Santa Barbara News Press||Partner Rich Collins Quoted in Santa Barbara News Press in High Profile Overmedication Case||2012|
|Noozhawk - Santa Barbara||Family Helped by Partner Rich Collins in Wrongful Death Suit||2012|
|Whittier College School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1993|
|University of California, Davis||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1988|
|Overtaken: One Community, Hundreds of Fatal Overdoses||Overtaken: One Community, Hundreds of Fatal Overdoses||2013|
|Harris Martin’s Mold Conference: Science on Trial||Triggering Coverage in a ‘Mold Case’ and What To Do When Coverage Is Denied||2007|
|Orange County Bar Association, Insurance Law Section||Litigating the Small Bad Faith Case||2006|