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Peter Michael Collins

Criminal defense Attorney at Sarasota, FL

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1996
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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The Collins Law Group, P.L.
1800 2nd St.
Suite. 785
Sarasota, FL, 34236-5966


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Posted by anonymous | October 31, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney with character and honest advice
Peter took my case after my first attorney dropped the case. Opposing counsel was someone known to file every motion imaginable regardless of facts and truth. Settling was not an option for the first 2 years with the other side as the terms were so outrageous. I had never been to court or anything like this divorce. Peter was highly recommended as one of the best litigators in town and certainly not afraid to go up against a "bulldog". What impressed me most about Peter is his ability to remember the smallest details even after working with me for 2 years. Great communicator with me and in the courtroom. He's not out to destroy the other parties life. He's there to help you find a reasonable solution. I am truly thankful that this man helped me through he hardest thing in my life. Thank you!
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Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
A thoughtful, precise attorney who cares.
Peter excels equally in litigation as he does in client service outside the court room- whether prepping for a hearing or fielding a phone call. I am a 6 year client who has benefitted greatly from his attention to detail, follow through, and unwavering support. Peter (actually) seeks to understand; he develops aggressively appropriate questions and arguments.
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Posted by R Kimball | January 11, 2019
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A Truly Amazing Attorney
I simply can't adequately express how impressed I was with Peter and his competent staff. I journeyed through a 6 year custody battle to earn basic parental rights and faced difficult odds but Peter worked tirelessly as my advocate and I couldn't be more pleased with the results. Like any great attorney, he was completely honest with me throughout and tempered my expectations, but as a result of his legal acumen, his prowess in the courtroom, and his dedication I have been restored to my children. He has a tremendous rapport with and is extremely knowledgeable about key industry professionals in the area that assisted tremendously in the positive outcome of my case. If you are searching for the best that South Florida has to offer in a family attorney, search no more.
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Posted by Jenny | September 26, 2014
Committed to Personal Service
Peter is an excellent lawyer. I'm very thankful to him for helping me to enforced my parenting plan. I couldn't ask for a better representation. Currently, Im enjoying my make up time with my two oldest sons. Peter will fight for your visitation and custody rights. He is the best lawyer in Sarasota.
Posted by Daniel | August 11, 2014
You've found your attorney, No need to look any further
In giving Peter an excellent rating, it's not high enough for his professionalism and how I was represented prior to and in court!! He is up front with his opinion and being realistic in what you might expect. I have used several other attorneys in the past, but will look no further. I only wish Peter could expand his practice to a represent me for all my future needs. But I realize an attorney can't practice very area of the law, and be as knowledgeable as he is. I cannot recommend Peter highly enough, I have give his office permission to release my contact information if you'd like to verify this review, please refer to Daniel K.
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Posted by Joel | July 9, 2011
Client Review
Peter is excellent in the courtroom with a phenomenal ability to recall pertinent facts and details. He explains options very well and is adept at predicting the most probable outcomes.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Assistant Attorney
  • Office of the State Attorney
  • 1996 - 2001


  • The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Xavier University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993


  • Florida Bar, Grievance Committee C
  • Chair
  • 2007 - Present
  • Sarasota Bar Association;
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (12)
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Family Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Peter for over 19 years as both a Family law and Criminal Attorney. Peter is Intelligent, personable, with a high degree of professionalism who cares very deeply about clients and their cases and for whom I have the greatest respect. I have referred numerous clients to Peter in the past with fantastic results. I would continue to endorse Peter as one of the finest attorney’s in Sarasota. I have given his office permission to release my contact information for my law office if you'd like to verify this review, please refer to Allan F. Baily, Esquire"
Family Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am a California attorney and worked with Peter on a case that my client had in FL. Peter did an excellent job and successfully advocated for our client. I highly endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter is a highly effective attorney for whom I have great respect. He is intelligent, personable, and cares very deeply about his clients and his work. I have referred potential clients to him in the past, and would not hesitate to refer more in the future."
Family Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am a transactional lawyer in Sarasota. Peter has handled many family and criminal issue for my clients over the years and has done a fantastic job. Peter is very level headed and delivers sound advice to his clients concerning their matter."
Family Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Peter Collins due to his dedication to his clients and high regard within the legal community and the judiciary."
Family Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Peter Collins. I have known Peter for over fifteen years and he is a hardworking, diligent and committed attorney. He has excellent knowledge of both substantive and procedural law. He cares about his clients and is meticulous about his work product."
Family Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Peter throughout his entire career and have known him to be of the highest standard. His ethics are beyond reproach. He is truly a skilled advocate. Anyone suffering through the trauma of a divorce would do well to hire this excellent counselor. He is professional, thorough and aggressive. He has my highest recommendation."
Family Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had several cases with Mr. Collins, including very difficult matters. Mr. Collins has always conducted himself in a professional manner, shows up to court prepared and commands the respect of the Judges and his peers. He is a pleasure to work with."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Peter was a State Attorney for a long time and handled some of the most serious cases in Sarasota County. He was excellent as a prosecutor and has now taken his talents to the other side. He is an exceptional criminal defense lawyer and has now branched out into other areas of the law. I highly recommend Peter."
Family Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter is a tireless advocate for his clients. I routinely refer him family law cases and feel confident doing so. He is also an experienced criminal defense attorney who isn't afraid to mix it up in the court room when his client's freedom is at stake."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter is an excellent lawyer who knows the law backwards and forwards. He has a knack for keeping his composure and thinking on his feet, even when his trials receive a great deal of attention from the media."
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