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The Collins Law Firm Selected as Finalist for Elite Trial Lawyers Award

Naperville, IL (July 12, 2023) – The Collins Law Firm is proud to announce that it has been named a finalist for The National Law Journal and ALM/'s 2023 Elite Trial Lawyers Awards. The firm is a finalist in the mass torts category--a category for law firms that litigate mass injury cases throughout the country. ALM's Elite Trial Lawyers recognizes U.S. law firms that have performed exemplary and innovative work for plaintiffs. The awards aim to honor the best in the profession, including the firms and attorneys who are taking the legal industry to the next level.

Finalists have scored at least one significant plaintiffs win between January 1, 2022, and January 1, 2023, and possess an impressive track record of wins within the past three to five years. A "significant win" means prevailing in a trial or a major settlement with high stakes. For example, a substantial amount of money is involved, or the outcome could affect the results of similar cases nationally. In addition, the firm must devote at least 50% of its litigation resources to plaintiffs' work.

The Collins Law Firm is a finalist because of its leadership role in hundreds of Willowbrook, IL cancer cases against Sterigenics and its more than two decades of fighting for the environmental rights of thousands of Americans.

Elite Trial Lawyers also considers the following criteria for selection:

  • The firm's performance in significant cases, including key rulings, victories at trial, and settlements
  • The verdict dollar amount, size of punitive damages penalties, and cash settlements.
  • The complexity of procedure and substantive law involved in the case or cases.
  • The firm's willingness to take on significant cases and to persevere in the face of adversity.
  • The impact of the firm's litigation – Does the litigation result change a governmental or business practice?

Out of hundreds of submissions, only a small percentage are selected as finalists for the Elite Trial Lawyers Awards.

Collins Law Firm founder, Shawn Collins, acknowledged his firm's selection as an award finalist: "I and everyone here at the firm are very proud to have been recognized, along with the other extraordinary finalists. We accept it as proof that we fight every day for those whose air and water have been poisoned by corporate polluters and who are often abandoned by the very government that is supposed to protect them from pollution."

About The Collins Law Firm: The Collins Law Firm is a boutique environmental, personal injury, and commercial litigation firm in Naperville, IL. For more information about The Collins Law Firm, please visit

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.