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Attorney Referrals and Co-Counsel Relationships

Throughout our 25-year history, The Collins Law Firm has gratefully accepted from other lawyers referrals of a wide variety of personal injury and environmental cases. We have also been proud to work with other firms as co-counsel in these cases. And when those cases successfully resolve, we are honored to pay significant referral and co-counsel fees. In fact, in a single case last year, we paid co-counsel fees of nearly $2.5 million.

This website details the kinds of cases that we handle that often involve referring attorneys and co-counsel. Those cases include:

Personal Injury Cases
  • Wrongful Death
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Truck, Car and Motorcycle Accidents
  • Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Defective Drugs and Products
Environmental Cases
  • Injury or Death Due to Toxic Chemical Exposure
  • Groundwater Contamination
  • Contamination of Municipal Water
  • Vapor Intrusion (Intrusion of Toxic Chemicals into the Air in Homes and Business)

Over the years we have compiled a remarkable track record of success on these kinds of cases.

The cases referred to us, or on which we co-counsel with other lawyers, typically involve serious injury to life or property. Sometimes, sadly, someone has died. The cases usually require scientifically complex issues to be resolved, and entail prolonged and expensive litigation against a corporation or insurance company willing to use its massive resource advantage to try to deny just compensation to the victim. It is not unusual for us to have to invest thousands of lawyer hours and to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on experts.

In other words, the cases are not only very important, but also very risky. Many firms don’t care to shoulder that kind of risk, or just have no experience with such cases.

That’s where we can help. Refer your case to us, or co-counsel with us, and we can bring our experience and resources to bear, to “level the playing field”, so that the injured victim can get justice.

Contact Us with Your Personal Injury, Environmental Law, or Business Law Referral

Our lawyers are committed to providing experienced, knowledgeable representation for all our clients, whether they need an attorney for a personal injury, environmental, or business matter. To refer a case to our law firm or to learn more about our referral policies, please contact Shawn Collins at (630) 527-1595 ext. 221 or by email at

Client Reviews
Shawn Collins is a very talented lawyer, as are all the attorneys on his team. I've known and worked with Shawn for more that 30 years. Not only is he a top notch technical litigator but his communication skills are second to none. If anyone I know is ever in need of an attorney, Shawn is my very first recommendation. He gives very solid advice that goes beyond the law. He is someone you can trust to tell you the truth so you are not lead astray in the complex legal world. You really can't find a better advocate. E.M.
We were incredibly satisfied with our experience with The Collins Law Firm. We worked closely with Ed Manzke and found that he had a personal touch and truly got to know us in addition to being knowledgeable and effective in his field. The caring and individual attitude helped us tremendously throughout the entire process and we always felt like our case was in safe hands. We would highly recommend The Collins Law Firm for both its stellar work and dedicated employees. M.A.
My father recommended The Collins Law Firm to me after watching Shawn Collins and Ed Manzke at trial representing Lisle residents against Lockformer. For years, he told us courtroom tales about Shawn and Ed, citing their incredible skill as trial lawyers and how they put the huge Lockformer legal team to shame. So when my son was the victim of a wrongful death, they were my first and only choice. I can't say enough to truly express how grateful I am to The Collin's Law Firm for all that they did for me and my family. This amazing team advocated for me in my darkest moments, surpassing my expectations in every way. I will be forever grateful to Shawn and Ed. K.D.
I have worked with Rob, Shawn and The Collins Law Firm team in connection with both complex business transactions and litigation over the past several years. Shawn is far and away the best business litigation attorney I have worked with. Rob has been our lead attorney on M&A and corporate restructures, and he has delivered each time, and on time. I would highly recommend Rob to get the deal done! W.D.
Rob has been our out-side General Counsel for ten years. As a business with a global presence, it is important that we have the very best legal representation. Rob and the team have guided us through litigation battles, negotiating and drafting our important business contracts, and advising us in our business strategies. He has a great team of lawyers working with him. M.F.