Shawn M. Collins
An outstanding trial attorney and litigator, Shawn Collins is at his best in a courtroom. Since 1986, Shawn Collins has combined his powerful communication skills with an unrelenting commitment to his clients’ causes to win trials and secure favorable settlements in courts across America. Shawn Collins has significant experience handling “high stakes” litigation in the following areas:
- Environmental contamination
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Personal injury
- Product liability
- Business fraud
- Breach of contract
- Partnership/ownership disputes
- Unfair business practices
Shawn was named one of the top 100 trial lawyers by The American Trial Lawyers Association for 2005 through 2016. Membership is obtained through special invitation and is extended only to those attorneys "who exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and profile as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers." Shawn has also been repeatedly selected as an Illinois "Super Lawyer," most recently for 2016. Considered among the best in their profession, Super Lawyers represent the top 5% of the practicing attorneys in Illinois. The Illinois Super Lawyers were selected by their peers in an extensive nomination and polling process.
After graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1980, Shawn Collins worked as an auditor for the Chicago office of Peat, Marwick & Mitchell (now KPMG). Shawn received his law degree from The University of Chicago Law School in 1986. Shawn is also a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.
Since founding The Collins Law Firm in 1992, Shawn has been a frequent lecturer to bar associations, civic organizations and business groups on topics such as environmental contamination, business disputes and effective communication. He has also participated as a key speaker in many webinars and conferences, sharing his environmental expertise and experience with the legal field.
Shawn also is routinely asked by the media to share his experience on various matters. For example, Shawn has been sought out and spoken with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta on a CNN special report concerning “Toxic Schools.” That report, and Shawn’s contribution, can be seen here. Also, just recently Dr. Drew Pinsky spoke with Shawn concerning a disturbing illness spreading among students at a high school in Le Roy, New York, and the connected environmental investigation currently ongoing to find a cause. Dr. Drew’s blog and available video on his investigation are available here.
Shawn recently co-authored a new book, “Environmental Legal Insights; Top Environmental Lawyers Share What They Know Best”. Shawn’s chapter entitled This Land is Our Land: Why We Must Count on Ourselves to Protect Against Pollution, deals with his experiences in investigating and litigating environmental contamination cases, their impact on the environment, and the people who live there. "Environmental Legal Insights; Top Environmental Lawyers Share What They Know Best" is available anywhere ebooks are sold, including Amazon.
Shawn is a frequent blogger on all matters concerning the environment — please see his blogs on the Collins Law firm website. These blogs, written by Shawn, provide information to families whose home or neighborhood is threatened with chemical contamination. Shawn and the firm's co-counsel were recently featured in a Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article, referencing the creation of a blog site called The Pollution Law Watch, an outstanding and impressive case history in environmental pollution cases.
Shawn is a member of the American Association for Justice, the National Trial Lawyers and the Illinois, Chicago and DuPage Bar Associations. Shawn has been honored as a finalist for the Daily Herald newspaper’s “person of the year” award for his work on behalf of the families in Lisle, Illinois to secure a safe source of drinking water after learning their groundwater had been contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE) from a local manufacturing plant. Shawn and his firm have won over $63 million for the victims of environmental contamination.
Year Joined Firm
- 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- Illinois, 1987
- U.S. Federal Court, 1987
- University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, Illinois
- J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1986
- University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
- B.B.A.Acct., Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting summa cum laude - 1980