When You Need a Lawyer Who Will Fight for You

Results for Our Clients

Personal Injury
  • $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 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 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 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.
  • $750,000 Premises liability settlement for a woman who slipped and fell on a wet floor in a national restaurant chain. As a result of the fall, our client suffered a torn labrum which required surgical intervention. Our personal injury attorneys recovered damages for this client due to her serious injuries.
  • $500,000 Motor vehicle recovery for a man injured in a ride share accident. The man was a passenger in a ride share vehicle when it rear ended another car. Our client injured his back and required a cervical fusion. The lawsuit filed by our personal injury attorneys sought damages for our client due to the injuries he suffered as a result of the accident.
  • $450,000 Premises liability recovery for a high school student who fell from an elevated platform in a backyard while playing at a friend's house unsupervised. As a result of the fall, our client sustained injuries which required back surgery. Our personal injury attorneys recovered damages for this client because of the severity of her injuries.
  • $450,000 Motor vehicle settlement for a pedestrian who was hit in the cross walk in a western suburb of Chicago. Our client was struck while crossing the street, when a driver ran the stop sign. Injuries included a tibial plateau fracture which required surgery. Damages were recovered for the client by our personal injury attorneys because of the serious nature of the injuries sustained.
  • $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.
  • 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.
  • Confidential recovery in medical malpractice case involving an orthopedic surgery.
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 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 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 jury verdict in business dispute case.
  • $1.8 million 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).

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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.