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Erin N. Collins

Litigation Attorney at San Francisco, CA

5.0   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2013
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Erin

Learn Erin’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Litigation
    Professional liability, general liability, construction defect, and real estate litigation defense.

Ms. Collins is an experienced trial attorney handling business litigation matters with a focus on consumer defense litigation and criminal defense. 

Ms. Collins received her J.D. from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. She graduated with Highest Pro Bono Distinction and was inducted into the Order of Barristers, a national moot court honor society. She was a Marshall-Brennan Fellow and served as President of Liberty Project for two years. Ms. Collins received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley with an emphasis in Constitutional Law.

Ms. Collins gained invaluable trial experience in private practice and by clerking for both  prosecution and public defender's offices.  Ms. Collins has taken both civil and criminal cases to trial and recently completed a 5 week felony jury trial in a serious life case.  Her knowledge of both civil and criminal procedure is not only unusual but incredibly important where clients face cross-over civil, criminal, immigration, and professional licensing issues. 

Ms. Collins is admitted to practice law in the State of California, the Central District of California, and the Southern District of California. 




Manning & Kass
1 California St.
Suite 900
San Francisco, CA, 94111

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Posted by Cass | October 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I got to know Erin while she was working on a case involving the HOA I was a member of and, while nobody wants to need an attorney, it was nice to have this particular need met by someone such as Erin. It was a long, drawn-out and frustrating process with a lot of personalities involved and Erin managed to keep things moving despite all that was involved (including navigating through the pivots brought on by the pandemic!). Erin was direct in communicating what needed to be known and readily available for clarifications, questions and soothing of frazzled nerves. Again, never ideal to need an attorney but should the need arise, it's reassuring to know that Erin is there.
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Posted by BJ | August 11, 2015
Dynamite Lawyer
Erin is an associate of the lawyer I hired to defend me in a domestic violence case. With her incredible background work, we laid the foundation for me to be found NOT GUILTY of three different charges and keep my professional license. She can get you off.
Posted by Mary | June 8, 2015
Erin is awesome!
Erin helped my boyfriend with his case and was always there for me when I needed her and I couldn't have been more pleased with the work she did! She was on top of everything and is awesome and doesn't back down from intimidation! If you need a lawyer I would highly recommend her!
Posted by Zachary | April 30, 2015
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Had some very important legal questions that needed answering concerning my future. Miss Collins was attentive and very fast returning emails and phone calls. She even took the time out to have a face to face meeting with me.
Posted by Ryan | April 4, 2015
Excellent attorney with a wealth of knowledge
I have known Erin for quite some time and I consider her one of the best in the criminal law field. She knows the law very well and uses this knowledge to her advantage to get great deals for all of her clients.Whether it be a DUI or a felony drug charge, Erin will never leave any stone unturned when it comes to building a solid defense. Considering her legal has just begun, sky is the limit for this harad-working and ambitious attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2015
Great Negotiator!!
I was very happy with the result of my case thanks to Ms. Collins. I was arrested for a DUI, blood was .09, clean record, and I'm college student. I've never been arrested before and was very nervous about the consequences I could have faced. She was able to negotiate a wet reckless with the city prosecutor and I took it! She kept me informed throughout the entire process and provided me with reassurance and hope I needed for my future. I would recommend her to my friend's if they were stopped by the police. Thanks again, Erin! You are awesome.
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Posted by Matt | February 6, 2015
Very helpful, energetic criminal defense atty
Great attorney who helped me with my DUI! She was very knowledgeable, explained things to me clearly and patiently. I knew I could be kind of a handful, but she always promptly returned my calls to keep me informed of the status of my case. Would highly recommend!
Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2014
Great young up and coming lawyer!
I went to see Erin Collins about a month ago and she was definitely a breath of fresh air. I unfortunately have had to deal with a number of lawyers in the past and she was by far the most helpful and professional lawyer i hired. She comes well prepared and will fight for you tenaciously. What really impressed me was how intelligent and quick she was and it absolutely felt like she cared for my case. She will be honest with you unlike some other lawyers i have had in the past. She is definitely not a dime a dozen as many lawyers are but a DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH! Definitely recommend Erin Collins if u have a case that needs to be addressed in person, quickly, and professionally!
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Posted by Sarah | July 31, 2014
Highly recommended
Ms. Collins was an immense help for me. Very professional and knowledgable while also very patient with my ignorance of subject at hand. She helped me sort through my frustrations and emotional connections to build a really strong, straight forward case.
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Madison Law, APC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Contract Attorney
  • Self Employed Attorney
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney at Law
  • Fakhimi & Associates
  • 2014 - 2015


  • Arizona State Univ COL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • Univ of California Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2010

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Veros Credit v. Airport Collision
  • Bench trial verdict in my client's favor
  • People v. Andre P.
  • Taken to jury trial
  • People v. Farnaz A.
  • Dismissed


  • West Orange County Bar Association
  • 2015 - Present
  • The Private Defenders
  • 2015 - Present
  • North Orange County Bar Association
  • 2015 - Present
  • Orange County Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2015 - Present
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015 - Present
  • South Bay Bar Association
  • 2015 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Order of Barristers
  • Order of Barristers
  • 2013
  • Highest Pro Bono Distinction
  • Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • 2013
  • Carstens Family Fund Scholarship
  • Carstens Family Fund
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (13)
Endorse Erin
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known Erin for several years. In fact, I believe I met her just after she was admitted to the Bar. Wow, did she make an impact on the Bench and Bar -- and fast. Erin's a good friend, too. I trust her -- as do so many others -- and I ask her for help out of respect and confidence in her judgment. Erin's a fantastic courtroom lawyer. She's sharp as a tack, knows the law and comes across as a professional. Erin gets results, and I'm proud to call her a colleague."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is very compassionate, determined, and highly skilled."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Erin is a great attorney. Knowledgeable, intelligent and passionate about getting great results for her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Erin is a very knowledgeable attorney.. we bounce ideas off of each other frequently.... Specifically I have helped her with a demurrer and she has helped me with statute of limitations tolling agreement. Unlike most lawyers who have knowledge in a narrow area, Erin knows a lot about a wide range of law: criminal and civil procedure, criminal defense and more... Often, in DUI defense, a solution will come from being knowledgeable in a wide range of topics so that one can find a defense that works: Erin has that knowledge to draw from."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ms. Collins. I have seen her in action on the record in criminal court, and she is very thorough and professional."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Erin has great skills in the courtroom and she is very effective at getting results for her clients. Her litigation skills are top notch and she frequently receives great plea offers for her clients due her reputation as a fierce litigator. Ms. Collins is a great choice for anyone facing a criminal charge in California"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Erin is an excellent criminal defense attorney. She understands the law and stays up to date on new developments. She's determined and passionate about protecting the rights of her clients. I endorse and recommend her."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Erin Collins for several years. She brings uncommon thoughtfulness and tenacity to her work. Furthermore, her pro bono work (and recognition for it) speaks volumes about her character. I'm happy to recommend her and her work."
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