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David Bruce Collins Jr.

Personal injury Attorney at Wilmington, NC

4.9   64 reviews

also known as Collins Law Firm, David B. Collins, Jr., P.C.

  • State Years
    South Carolina - SC 30 years
    North Carolina - NC 30 years
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State SC
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    40%
    Personal injury law is the area of law dealing with people who have been injured, physically or otherwise, resulting from the negligence or wrongdoing of another person, or other entity. Mr. Mitch Baker is of Counsel with our firm and he is an expert in personal injury cases and finding all the insurance coverage available to maximize the monetary recovery for our clients!

    31 years

  2. Criminal defense
    30%
    Anyone can be charged with a crime. Just because you are charged does not mean you are guilty. In fact, it is a fundamental principle in the United States, that everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. If you are charged with a crime, you should exercise your right to remain silent (which you always have—even before you are read your Miranda rights) and immediately obtain counsel.

    31 years

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    20%
    We almost always can help avoid points and revocation in traffic matters.

    31 years

  4. DUI and DWI
    10%

    31 years

David B. Collins, Jr., has been licensed to practice law in both North and South Carolina since 1993. In 1995, he moved to the Wilmington area, and soon thereafter formed Collins Law Firm focusing his practice in the areas of criminal defense and traffic law, personal injury, and civil litigation. David’s sharp analytic skills and attention to detail make him highly effective and it is not rare that former opposing parties approach Mr. Collins and seek representation by him. Mr. Collins’ philosophy is to under promise and over deliver which results in his clientele to consist in most part of former clients or referrals by former clients.

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Location

Collins Law Firm
5725-F2 Oleander Dr
Wilmington, NC, 28403-4747
Collins Law Firm
313 Walnut Street
Wilmington, NC, 28401
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  64 customer reviews
Posted by Jeff | August 15, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Took the time to listen and help
Mr. Collins & I spoke for about thirty minutes about my case and what my next steps should be. Really helped me put things in perspective and gave me a path forward to resolve the issue. Really appreciate the productive consultation.
Posted by Sharon | September 15, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Knowledgeable and Encouraging
A family of tenants in my rental house stopped paying rent. I googled Wilmington attorneys and had the good fortune to call David Collins. Although he told me his office does not do evictions, David took the time to give me direction and told me many attorneys do not do evictions. The forms are readily available at the office of the clerk of court and are not a terribly complicated process so that individuals can do it themselves. he said to call him if I ran into any road blocks and we could do a consultation then if necessary. His advice very helpful.
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Posted by Paxton | July 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and impressive
David and his team were always quick to respond. He is very knowledgeable and always gave me great advice and did an excellent job with my ticket. Very impressive team. I would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Krista | March 31, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
Mr. Collins and his team helped my son get through a moving violation very smoothly. Also, after about a year after this case I had to get them to look back to this incident to confirm it was taken care of because insurance company saw an incident around the same time on his record. They went above and beyond to get me the information I needed. Turns out the insurance companies use third parties to look at record and there was a mistake. I would highly recommend Mr. Collins.
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Posted by Timothy | June 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Producer
If you need representation for moving violations, look no further. If you are looking for an efficient, honest and a law firm that gets results, I would highly recommend Collins Law Firm. They handled violations for me over a 20-year period, both in state and an out of state referral that gave me tremendous results.
Posted by Galen | May 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Speeding in a School Zone
Hey really helped me out dealing with this speeding ticket. It got it dismissed upon completion of a safe driving cert.
Posted by John | January 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
6 Stars Outstanding Public Service!!
David has been a godsend when it came to my odds of receiving a not guilty plea. He is considered a great friend outside of the judicial system. In short, i HIGHLY recommend David for ANY infractions that would affect you. plus a great staff!!
Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Positive Outcome
David Collins handled a DWI matter for me. He made no promises but indicated that he would put forth his best effort to achieve a positive outcome. His efforts resulted in dismissal of the charges
Posted by Caleb | November 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great law firm!
Great Law Firm Collins has helped me over the years many times! He always takes the time to come up with a solution that benefits me most. This past week I came to him with a case and he informed me on how to solve my problem on my own saving me the additional fees of his services. He always has my best interests in mind and I can’t thank him and his team enough.
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Posted by Mike | November 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Represented me for a speeding ticket
Great lawyer, always returns calls, really looks out for you! Office staff helped me through the documents, all around good service.
Posted by Joey | October 31, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Under promised and over delivered
It's easy to feel helpless while navigating the legal system. Mr.Collins stood up for me in a way that previous legal counsel didn't. Years ago I wen't with one of the cheapest lawyers in town ( I found he because he sent letters to my house). I am still feeling the effects of that mistake 5 years later. Mr. Collins got my license reinstated my after a driving after consuming charge I received when I was under 21 and a driving while suspended. Originally I was going to have to wait 3 years until I could even have a hearing! Mr. Collins has a deep understanding of the way to navigate the local legal system. He got me back driving in 2 months. So grateful for Mr. Collins and his extremely responsive and caring team. You get what you pay for. Mr. Collins really underpromised and overdelivered. Like Share
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Posted by Chris | October 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent and professional
Mr Collins and his colleagues worked diligently on my case, 3rd driving under influence and driving under suspension and had them both dismissed
Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
hire him.
I appreciate Mr. Collin's knowledge of the law. He is results oriented and practical. Beyond being a good attorney, he is also a good person who wants the best for you. If at any point you find yourself getting frustrated I urge you to trust and let him do his job, for you. You will not be disappointed.
Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Collins Law Firm Team
David Collins and team are responsive, organized, thorough and experienced. Each staff member will have knowledge of your case and will play an active roll in communicating, informing, and contributing to your defense. All emails, phone calls, texts and questions are responded to and addressed promptly. All staff are clear, concise and knowledgeable. Most importantly, Mr. Collins is prepared, alert, informed, and on point with all details of your case each time you speak with him and each time he represents you in court. He reviews every detail, researches, and digs deep into case law to plan, strategize, and seek protection of his clients. He is respected by the District Attorneys, Clerks of Courts, Officers, and Judges. In my case, Mr. Collins was clear of his defense approach, the reality of my conviction, and the scope of my sentencing. While ensuring I understood the seriousness of my offenses and potential outcome Mr. Collins was equally clear about his strategy, his defense, and his confidence in my case. In my case, Mr. Collins knew existing case law to support dismissal of my conviction. The DA chose to gamble, deny our motion for dismissal, and to send the case forward to trial with the judge. It was clear, the DA was confident the States evidence ( 3 officers, a 2.2 BAC, a failed sobriety field test, as well as, a citizen 911 call) was strong and the DA was not willing to dismiss the case as she was confident of conviction. In trial with the judge and the officers testifying, Mr. Collins objected to DA questions to the officers, referred to legal precedence, provided facts in the events of the officers arrest, and ultimately presented a case which resulted in dismissal of all charges. The trial lasted approximately ten minutes. I was stunned, overwhelmed, and grateful. Thus, I recommend you consider The Collins Law Firm as representation. The firm will defend you unconditionally as law enforcement must abide by the law and shall not arrest outside of the scope of the law.
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Posted by Josie | August 9, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honest & Helpful
I called Mr.Collins in hopes to get a waiver for the DWI treatment court I had to complete in order to dismiss an underage drinking ticket. He kindly informed me that the waiver wasn’t for DWI treatment court as I thought but still offered to help me find the dates for the new year. He never asked for a dime or made me feel as if I was wasting his time. He was truly a huge help!
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Posted by Charles | August 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
5 stars
Mr. Collins did a great job and was able to get my case dismissed promptly.
Posted by Jennifer | July 31, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I was fortunate enough to find David Collins and Mitch Baker to work with me after being hit by a truck while walking my dog. They handled my personal injury case extremely well. I was in a lot of pain and had no idea how to navigate a lawsuit between the driver and two large insurance companies. David and Mitch were nothing but kind, patient and professional with me throughout the whole ordeal. Due to their knowledge of the law and hard work we were able to stay out of court and reach a substantial settlement. I could not be more pleased with these top notch attorneys as well as their competent staff. And thankfully, my dog was not injured. =)
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Posted by Jennifer | July 31, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mrs.
Mr. Collins was great! He guided us through each step of the legal process with patience and professionalism. He was easy to reach and explained everything we needed to know. Jana and Karen, his office staff, were so kind and always kept me informed. I'd highly recommend the Collins Law Firm! Thank you! - Jennifer
Posted by Ben | July 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation, Excellent Experience
Mr. Collins and his staff are extremely professional, prompt and effective. I made a mistake and found myself researching legal representation and the tremendous amount of positive reviews lead me to contact Mr. Collins. He was direct, no-nonsense and clearly set my expectations clearly, all in a way that left no doubt that his priority was getting results that would absolutely be in my best interest. That is exactly what he did. I would recommend Mr. Collins and his staff hands down to anyone seeking top notch legal representation. They are simply... the best.
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Posted by Telina | June 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kind and knowledgeable
Mr. Collins was able to explain the steps and process to me in a way that I could understand. He gave me an expectation on the first meeting and delivered.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Collins Law Firm
  • 1997 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Law Firm of Ralph H. Dougherty, P.A.
  • 1994 - 1994
  • Sales Representative
  • West Group (formerly West Publishing Corporation)
  • 1994 - 1997
  • Law Clerk
  • The Honorable E.C. Burnett, III
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Law Clerk
  • S.C. Bar Foundation IOLTA Grant
  • 1992 - 1992
  • Summer Intern
  • McNair Law Firm, P.A.
  • 1991 - 1991
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Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • JD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA
  • 1993
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. M.L. OFN 15-0710-CR*
  • All Charges Dismissed
  • State v. R.W. OFN 15-0904-CR*
  • Dismissed
  • State v. J.N. OFN 15-0810-CR*
  • Dismissed
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Associations

  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • New Hanover County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Attorney Award for the State of north Carolina
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2022
  • Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney for North Carolina
  • Best of the Best Attorneys
  • 2020
  • TOP 10 Attorney Award for the state of North Carolina
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Inc.
  • 2020
  • 10 Best Attorneys for North Carolina for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Driving While Impaired (DWI) Attorneys in North Carolina
  • The National Advocacy for DUI Defense, LLC (NAFDD)
  • 2017
  • Lawyers of Distinction Nomination
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2017
  • The Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100 DWI Attorneys in NC
  • The National Advocacy for DUI Defense, LLC (NAFDD)
  • 2016
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2016
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Top 100 DWI Attorneys in NC
  • The National Advocacy for DUI Defense, LLC (NAFDD)
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor Award
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Paul Harris Fellow Award
  • Rotary International
  • 2009
  • Award for Meriorious Service
  • University of South Carolina, School of Law, Editorial Board
  • 1993
  • Certificate for Meritorious Service
  • University of South Carolina, School of Law
  • 1993
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Participation
  • University of South Carolina, School of Law Pro Bono Program
  • 1992
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Paralegal Classes
  • Administrative Law
  • 1997
  • Honors Instructor for Rising First Year Students
  • Legal Writing and Research
  • 1993

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (25)
Endorse David
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David is the first person I think about when a prospective client needs legal help in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach. I have sent many people, who were anxious, scared and unsure of what to do. Each one of them have told me what a great job he did for them. There is no one else I would trust to handle a case in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach other than David."
Unknown Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am impressed with Mr. COllins's thoughtful advice and answers to legal questions on Avvo. He has an in-depth understanding of the law and an ability to communicate legal concepts clearly and effectively. I endorse this lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a caring and learned advocate who will fight for his clients. We speak often about legal issues and I am continually impressed with his understanding of the varying nuances of the law."
Insurance Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with David on a complex insurance coverage/worker's compensation matter in federal court several years ago. I was impressed by his energy and attention to detail. Since that time, his reputation has grown and he is a well respected attorney in our community. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked as opposing counsel on a personal injury matter with David. He is a highly prepared, effective advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Have known David for nearly 20 years as an attorney. He has a detailed knowledge of and stays ahead of the law and changes to it in all of his areas of practice and works diligently and zealously to insure justice for those he represents."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I highly recommend David. I have known him for almost 20 years. He is an outstanding lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David is experienced and works hard for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a highly experienced criminal defense attorney. He zealously advocates for the rights of his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David is an excellent lawyer and well respected in the legal community. I would highly recommend David to all my clients who may need help."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known David since law school. He is an excellent attorney in DUI, traffic, and criminal defense related matters and is highly regarded in the Wilmington area. His work on behalf of clients is characterized by solid preparation and zealous representation. David cares about the people who entrust him with their issues and he strives to achieve the best possible result for each of them based upon the facts of the case. I would not hesitate to use his services."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known David for 20+ years. He is a highly trained and skilled attorney who knows the law and zealously advocates for his clients. My firm has made numerous referrals to him to assist clients with various matters over two decades. He is a tough, dedicated and energetic attorney upon whom you can depend!"
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Wilmington Personal injury Lawyer David Bruce Collins Jr.
David Bruce Collins Jr.
Personal injury Attorney
Wilmington, NC
Licensed for 30 years