Team Leader

MEET THE

COLLINS & TRUETT

TEAM

You want a team that will answer the phone when you call and have access to the resources you need to win your case. Our technological, medical, and legal resources, along with a willingness to go the extra mile are just a few of the qualities that our clients love about us.

R Collins J.D.

Founding Partner

Richard B. Collins graduated from Furman University and received his law degree from Stetson University in 1973. He concentrates his practice in statewide litigation of medical malpractice claims, product liability suits, and complex litigation.

 

Mr. Collins is frequently sought as a speaker at national bar meetings where his lectures center on trial advocacy techniques. Mr. Collins is active in several national bar associations, including the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, where is sits on the Board of Governors and is the Past President; American Board of Trial Advocates, and the International Association of Defense Counsel, where he chaired the Medical Defense Committee from 1995-98, served on the faculty of the prestigious Trial Academy in 1995. He is also a member of the Lawyers for Civil Justice and the Defense Research Institute, the nation’s largest association of civil defense attorneys with approximately 22,000 members, where he served on the Board of Directors from 1998 to 2001. On the State level, Collins is a past president of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, the State’s largest defense bar organization, and is past president of the Tallahassee Bar Association.

 

The American Research Corporation conducted an extensive survey of Florida attorneys in 1997 to identify the state’s most outstanding legal practitioners. Mr. Collins was honored by his peers when he was chosen as one of these Leading Florida Attorneys, placing him in the top 4% of his profession in the state.

 

He has published numerous articles and is also sought as a speaker at national Defense Bar meetings and the Florida State University College of Law, where his lectures center on trial advocacy techniques. Mr. Collins is the recipient of the Exceptional Performance Citation, for improving the standards and education of the defense bar, from the Defense Research Institute and the Joseph P. Metzger Outstanding Achievement Award, for special meritorious service to the defense bar, from the Florida Defense Lawyers Association

Senior Paralegal

Neil Epstein contributes an impressive array of complementary skills, competencies, experiences, and the compassion necessary to ensure successful client communications and case management. Neil provides extensive experience with personal injury litigation, going back 25 years as a specialist in producing demonstrative evidence, 3D animations, and graphics for the courtroom. While previously employed by NBC Studios, Neil was also the recipient of an Emmy Award for producing the 3D animations for the Olympic Games, and he has worked for Walt Disney Imagineering and at the Johnson & Johnson Worldwide Headquarters. To add to his impressive credentials, Neil has successfully graduated from Florida State University – College of Law, receiving a Juris Doctorate degree, and currently has over six years of experience working in the field of law on a full-time basis.