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Patrick T Collins

Litigation Attorney at Livingston, NJ

5.0   6 reviews

also known as Patrick Collins, Pat Collins

  • Licensed for 38 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1984
    Active No misconduct found

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Learn Patrick’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Family Law Divorce Equitable Distribution Child Custody Prenuptial Agreements Support Modification

    39 years

  2. Litigation
    Complex Commercial Litigation Construction Legal Malpractice

    39 years

Patrick T. Collins brings to Skoloff & Wolfe his vast experience in family law and commercial litigation.

Patrick is one of only four attorneys in New Jersey to have been qualified by the Supreme Court as both a Certified Civil Trial Attorney and a Certified Matrimonial Attorney, and guides his clients with more than 35 years of experience across all areas of family law, including divorce, prenuptial agreements, business and other asset valuations, child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, alimony and equitable distribution, post-judgement modifications, and all aspects of high net worth and complex divorces. He has handled high profile cases and many complex matters.

Patrick maintains a subspecialty in construction law, representing contractors in disputes with both private owners and public entities, as well as other contractors. He is experienced in public bidding, construction lien issues, Department of Labor matters and change order disputes, and assists his clients with contract drafting geared toward their specific needs and concerns.

A highly experienced and respected trial attorney, Patrick has successfully tried numerous cases in the State and Federal courts and in various arbitration settings, and has recovered seven-figure jury verdicts for his clients. He has argued approximately one hundred appeals to the Superior Court, Appellate Division, and has appeared before the New Jersey Supreme Court on seven occasions. Patrick is attorney of record in sixteen published decisions, and has lectured on behalf of the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Education. In addition to practicing before the state and federal courts in New Jersey, he is licensed to practice before the United States Courts of Appeal for the Third, Tenth and Federal Circuits.

Patrick has consistently been recognized in Super Lawyers from its inception in 2005 through 2020, in the areas of family law, construction law and commercial litigation.

The measure of a lawyer is his level of commitment to his client. No attorney is more committed than Patrick Collins to being responsive to your needs and requirements, and to providing the highest quality advocacy focused on what is cost effective for you.



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Posted by Kenneth | June 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Creative Director
Pat is a tenacious, no nonsense, attorney. I really appreciated his efficient, unvarnished appraisal of my situation and our subsequent navigation of not only the mediation process but ultimately the court system as well. I was in uncharted water and he was one helluva rudder. I can't recommend him enough.
Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2014
Satisfied Client
Pat is a no nonsense attorney who tells it like it is: good or bad. He helped get my support obligation reduced when many others failed. In court, his easy, professional manner established immediate credibility with the judge. I would recommend him to anyone gong through a divorce / separation.
Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2014
Finally a lawyer who gets results!
Mr. Collins is an outstanding attorney. After being disappointed by several attorneys who bungled my divorce, I finally found the right attorney to turn my case around. He quickly got up to speed with my file, ascertained the priorities, built a winning strategy and knocked it out of the park! I was most impressed with his clarity, strategic vision and ability to stay on point despite the "smoke and mirrors" that plagued my case. He is intelligent, competent, consistent and reliable. His knowledge of the law, legal system and best practices is second to none. My only regret is not hiring him in the first place.
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Posted by Holly | May 5, 2014
Patrick Collins is both a true gentleman and a true gem!
I am incredibly honored to write a recommendation on behalf of Patrick Collins. Pat represented me in my divorce case several years ago which was not a cookie cutter situation. There were many minefields around which to navigate in my situation and Pat navigated around each one of them with tremendous confidence. Pat's knowledge about divorce and family law is quite impressive, but it really are his other attributes that make him completely stand out above many other attorneys. What ultimately impressed me the most about Pat is his steadfast integrity which in the very emotionally charged world of divorce law is very hard to find. Pat evaluates every situation on its merits and will never bring an action in court that is unwarranted or unfounded. He always takes the high road because he believes that in the end that will benefit everybody. Pat is very good at tempering emotions , discouraging fueling the proverbial fire and encouraging a client to make an intelligent, informed decision. Pat also doesn't generate work to generate extra billing time which also speaks to his integrity. There is a reason why he is incredibly well respected in his field. I have since recommended him to a couple of friends who have been equally thrilled with his representation. I trust Pat implicitly and (while I hope never to get another divorce) I would not hire anybody else. Pat Collins is a both a true gentleman and a true gem!
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Posted by Mary Ellen | May 3, 2014
Pat Collins..intelligent representation
Pat Collins is the most focused attorney I have ever met. If you are in need of an attorney, there is an issue to be resolved. To Pat that means focus through intelligent solutions. That is Pat's forte. He looks logically at the issue, outlines a path and reaches the resolution through rationale and compromise, ignoring emotion and anger. He is compassionate about his clients' issues, while guiding them to an intelligent, rational and well negotiated conclusion.
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Posted by Dan | April 29, 2014
The best attorney I have ever worked with!
I engaged Pat Collins back in 2005 to represent me in my divorce proceedings. The case became very complicated, with many motions, court appearances ,and trial time. At every step of the way Pat was prepared, kept me fully informed and sought my input to assist him with the facts and always made me feel as comfortable as possible throughout this difficult process that went on for several years. Pat was always available both during regular and off hours times. I continue to use him for various other legal matters that have arisen personally and for my business, and have recommended him to numerous friends and associates, all of whom have been extremely pleased. Billings were always fair and reasonable and as expected. I would highly recommend him.
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Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Skoloff & Wolfe, P.C.
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Partner
  • Franzblau Dratch
  • 1989 - 2017


  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • Seton Hall University
  • 1981

Legal Cases

  • Recovery of a jury verdict of over $1.5 million.
  • Independent Dental REview of America v. Horizon Healthcare Dental Services
  • Jury verdict of over $3.5 million
  • Abuhabda v. Berman
  • Recovered judgement for 1.28 MM


  • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 2011 - Present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1995
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey, District V-B Fee Arbitration Committee
  • Past Chair
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Civil Law Attorney
  • NJ Board on Attorney Certification
  • 2001
  • Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney
  • New Jersey Supreme Court
  • 1999

Speaking Engagements

  • NJICLE annual legal malpracitce seminar
  • How Not to Learn the Hard Way
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
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Family Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As an adversary, Mr. Collins was a zealous advocate, professional and practical. He was tenacious but reasonable, firm and also creative."
Marriage and prenuptials Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Patrick Collins is an ethical attorney that does an excellent job for his clients. I have referred several matrimonial matters to him which he has always handled in an excellent professional matter."
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Livingston Litigation Lawyer Patrick T Collins
Patrick T Collins
Litigation Attorney
Livingston, NJ
Licensed for 38 years