Client Results

Personal Injury

  • Confidential recovery: claim on behalf of a client who contracted cancer after years of environmental exposure to several chemicals known as volatile organic compounds or VOCs
  • $8.5 million recovery of a wrongful death bus accident case
  • $7.2 million recovery in a toxic tort personal injury case
  • $4.7 million dollar jury verdict in a medical negligence lawsuit against a Chicago-area hospital
  • $2.6 million recovery in a toxic tort personal injury case
  • $2.5 million premises liability settlement on a woman who was injured when she fell backwards down an open flight of stairs at a local restaurant
  • $2 million dollar personal injury verdict in DuPage. The recovery was reached (despite tort immunity being asserted by the defendant) in a case against a local school district for injuries suffered by a high school student in a fall during gym class
  • $1.4 million product liability settlement in a case where the client was injured by a defective consumer product
  • $1.35 million dollar recovery in a car accident case
  • $1.3 million recovery in a toxic tort personal injury case
  • $1.1 million product liability recovery in case where a young man died after ingesting synthetic marijuana/cannabinoid
  • $1.05 million jury verdict in a wrongful death case. This recovery is the largest ever recorded in Knox County, Illinois
  • $346,000 jury verdict in a dram shop case against a south suburban sports bar
  • $275,000 premises liability settlement in case where a woman was injured by a defect on the premises of a local business

Environmental

  • $16.9 million recovery in a class action groundwater contamination recovery
  • $10 million class action groundwater contamination recovery
  • $8.1 million recovery in a class action lawsuit over air, soil and groundwater contamination
  • $7.2 million court approval of environmental class action cases (Madison, Wisconsin)
  • $5.5 million recovery in Groundwater Contamination Case (Mallard Lake)
  • $2.5 million recovery in Methane Gas Contamination Case (Mallard Lake)
  • $1.9 million recovery of Groundwater Contamination Case (Wauconda)

Business

  • Over $250 million in resolutions of credit facilities for numerous financial institutions
  • Over $40 million recovered in arbitrations for condominium owners
  • $7.5 million class action recovery
  • $5.7 million arbitration win (behalf of owners of condominiums in Hawaii)
  • $4 Million dollar recovery. Our client's home, located in a downtown Chicago high-rise, was flooded after the defendant (a general contractor) hit a sprinkler head in the unit above our client
  • $3 million dollar jury verdict in a property damage case. The firm's clients, owners of eight townhomes in Tinley Park, suffered multiple floods at their homes as the result of development activity on adjacent vacant land
  • $2.35 million dollar jury verdict in business dispute case
  • $1.8 million dollar recovery for its client in a breach of contract case over the failure of a large life insurance company to pay out the proceeds of a life insurance policy
  • $800,000 lender collection recovery. The firm was able to secure payment of cash and a transfer of real property for the lender in the collection proceedings
  • $650,000 in settled claims just these two months in four separate business matters

Legislation

Paul's Law: New Legislation Aimed At Combating The Abuse Of The Disabled

On August 19, 2011, Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn signed "Paul's Law", providing dramatically enhanced protections for the developmentally disabled who live in Illinois homes, and for their families. This law was borne out of tragedy earlier this year, when Paul McCann — for whom the new law is named — died at his group home in Charleston, Illinois, after being beaten by the health care workers who were supposed to protect him.

2006 Right-To-Know Law: New Legislation Aimed At Notifying Citizens of Soil and Groundwater Contamination Threats

The Collins Law Firm was instrumental in the passing of the 2006 Right-To-Know Law that requires the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to notify citizens when contamination in soil or groundwater poses a threat of exposure to the public. The Right-To-Know notifications include information about the contaminant, a description of the potential adverse health effects and a recommendation that water wells be tested.

Media Mentions

CNN 2/12: Shawn Collins speaks with Dr. Drew Pinsky: On February 3rd, Shawn appeared on CNN with Dr. Drew Pinsky. The show was exploring whether there was an environmental cause for the neurological disorders being experienced by many citizens, including high school teenagers, in LeRoy, New York. During his appearance on Dr. Drew's show, Shawn called for a full investigation of a massive chemical spill that had occurred years earlier in the town, and for the testing of the air, soil and water at the local high school which most of the victims attend. You can view the full transcript here (Shawn's contribution is about halfway down the transcript).