Collins handles complex appeals in state and federal court and appellate-related issues before trial courts in all types of civil cases.  He served as law clerk to Judge William H. Barbour, Jr., United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, from 1986 to 1988.  He also currently serves as Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany for Mississippi.

Honors & Recognitions

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2011-24, Appellate Practice)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Jackson, Mississippi, Lawyer of the Year (2017, Appellate Law)
  • Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany for Mississippi (2021-present)

Community & Professional

  • American Bar Association
  • Capital Area Bar Association (2013-14, President)
  • Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle Parish Council
  • Federal Bar Association, past president
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, Governor-at-Large - Mississippi
  • Mississippi Opera Association, Board of Directors
  • St. Dominic Health Services, Community Advisory Board
  • St. Richard Catholic School, Advisory Council
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • The Mississippi Bar


Juris Doctor: Columbia Law School (J.D., 1986) Case Note and Comment Editor, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, 1985-1986

Bachelor's Degree: Yale University (B.A., 1981, magna cum laude, honors in English) Phi Beta Kappa