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Richard B Collins

Of Counsel
Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Fax: 850-215-4777

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1973
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida
    • Juris Doctor – 1973
  • Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina
    • B.A. – 1970
    • Major: Economics
    • Major: Business Administration

Published Works

  • Cap-Scan “Med-Law”, (Co-Author), Capital Medical Society, Monthly
  • Legal Update (Co-Author, and Speaker on Topic), Florida Medical Malpractice Workshop, 1982
  • Attorney’s Opinions, Trial Advocate Quarterly, Vol. 7, Number 2, April, 1988
  • “Expert Medical Testimony: Is There an answer to “Not Only Relevant, But Reliable?” (Co-Author), Defense Counsel Journal, Volume 66, Page 384, July, 1999
  • “Direct Examination of the Defendant”, Winning the Defense Verdict, Page 109, 1999

Past Employment Positions

  • Collins and Truett, P.A., 1986 – 2003
  • Perkins & Collins, Tallahassee, Florida, 1979 – 1986
  • Michaels, Sheffield, Perkins, Collins & Vickers, Tallahassee, Florida, 1977 – 1978
  • Sole Practice, Tallahassee, Florida, 1976 – 1977
  • Madigan, Parker, Gatlin, Truett & Swedmark, Tallahassee, Florida, Association, 1973 – 1976
  • Florida Patients Compensation Fund, Former Office of General Counsel

Classes/Seminars

  • Risk Management Seminar, “Tort Reform and Insurance Act”, October 25, 1986
  • FMMCCI Seminar ’88, “Innovative Approaches to Defending the Breast Cancer Case”, October 21, 1988
  • “Medical Malpractice Trial Strategy When Co-Defendant is Product Manufacturer”, International Association of Defense Council, Mid-Year Meeting, Pebble Beach, California, February 15, 1989
  • “Innovative Approaches to Defending the Breast Cancer Case”, Defense Counsel Conference, Florida Physicians Insurance Company, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, July 28, 1989
  • “A Seminar on Medical Malpractice”, North Florida Institute of Rehabilitation, Panama City, Florida, November 20, 1990
  • “Medical Malpractice Defense – Trip Wires for the Unwary”, Orange County Bar Association, Orlando, Florida, February 19, 1991
  • “A Seminar on Legal Depositions”, North Florida Institute of Rehabilitation, Panama City, Florida, October 14, 1991
  • “Breast Cancer: An Advocacy Challenge”, Mid-Year Meeting, International Association of Defense Council, Pebble Beach, California,, February 13, 1992
  • “The Florida Board of Medicine and D.P.R. Licensure Proceedings”, White-Wilson Clinic, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, November 10, 1993
  • “How Can I Help Myself? The Doctor’s Role In His Case”, Radiology Associates Risk Management Seminar, Tallahassee, Florida, November 11, 1995
  • “The Physicians Role in His Case”, Northwest Florida Surgical Center Seminar, Panama City, Florida, February 8, 1996
  • “Reaping the Benefits of the Positive Approach to Patients”, Doctors’ Memorial Hospital Medical & Administrative Staff Retreat, Perry, Florida, March 26, 1996
  • “Medical Malpractice in Florida”, National Business Institute Seminar, Tallahassee, Florida – October, 1997
  • “Masters in Trial”, The Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Jacksonville, Florida – October, 1997
  • “Medical Malpractice: Settling the Tough Multi-party Case”, Florida Liability Claims Institute, Inc. and the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Lake Buena Vista, Florida – July 1998
  • Florida Panel Member for “Law Firm Economics & Profitability”, Florida Defense Lawyers Association Annual Conference, West Palm Beach, Florida – August, 2000
  • Moderator for “Small Law Firm Economics and Profitability Symposium”, Defense Research Institute, Chicago, Illinois – April 2000
  • “Small Law Firm Economics and Profitability Seminar”, Defense Research Institute, Charlotte, North Carolina – March, 2001
  • “Small Law Firm Economics and Profitability Seminar”, Defense Research Institute, Kansas City, Missouri – April, 2001
  • “Small Law Firm Economics and Profitability Seminar”, Defense Research Institute, Providence, Rhode Island – June, 2001
  • “Small Law Firm Economics and Profitability Seminar”, Defense Research Institute, Cleveland, Ohio – June, 2001
  • “Small Law Firm Economics and Profitability Seminar”, Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, Vail, Colorado – August, 2001
  • “Damages for All Ages Seminar”, Defense Research Institute, Las Vegas, Nevada – March 2002
  • Invited Lecturer, Litigation Skills Training, Florida State University, College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida, 1985 – 1986
  • Faculty, Defense Counsel Trial Academy, International Association of Defense Council, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
  • “Small Law Firm Economics and Profitability Symposium”, Defense Research Institute, Chicago, Illinois, 2000

Honors and Awards

  • Exceptional Performance Citation, September, 1993
  • Leading Florida Attorney, May, 1997
  • Joseph P. Metzger Outstanding Achievement Award, September, 1997

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Tallahassee Bar Association, Member
  • Florida Bar, Member, Health Law Section
  • Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers Section
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, Judicial Nomination Committee
  • Defense Research Institute, Board of Director, 1998 – 2001
  • Defense Research Institute, Electronic Discovery Committee
  • Defense Research Institute, Medical/Legal Committee
  • Defense Research Institute, Northern Regional Chairman for Florida, 1993 – 1994
  • Defense Research Institute, Chair, Small Law Firm Economics & Profitability Symposium, 1999 – 2001
  • Defense Research Institute, State Representative for Florida, 1995 – 1998
  • Defense Research Institute, Technology Committee
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Law Firm Economics Committee
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Secretary/Treasurer, 1990 – 1991
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association, President Elect, 1991 – 1992
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association, President, 1992 – 1993
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Defense Council Committee
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Jury of Our Peers Committee
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Chair, Medical Defense Committee, 1995 – 1998
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Vice Chair, Newsletters, 1993 – 1995
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Pro Bono Task Force
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Vice Chair, Technology Committee, 2002
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Chair, State Membership Committee, 1997 – Present
  • Journal of the American Medical Association, Articles Peer Reviewer, 1995 – Present

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