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ROBERT L. COLLINS
South Padre Island, Texas
P.O. Box 7726
Houston, Texas 77270-7726
(713) 467-8883 Facsimile
2013 - 2014 Chair – State Bar of Texas District 12 Grievance Committee
2011 Member, Executive committee of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association
2011 Executive Board --AAJ Traumatic Brain Injury Group
2011 Secretary of the AAJ Trucking Litigation Group
2011 Diplomate of the National College of Advocacy
Association for Justice
2008 to 2010
American Bar Association House of Delegates -
Alternate Delegate for State Bar of Texas
Co-Chair, Trial Rules Subcommittee of State Bar
of Texas Standing Committee on Court Rules
Treasurer - Toxic Mold Litigation Group of
the American Association for Justice.
City Attorney - Port Isabel, Texas
Public practice of law – sole practitioner – limited to selected cases with emphasis on public interest and consumer litigation; mass disaster; hurricane and storm damage litigation; refinery and other explosions; pharmaceutical fraud; transportation disaster – plane, truck, bus, train & automobile litigation.
August 1992 to March 1999
Internet/E-Commerce Development – principal of SpiMedia
June 1982 to August 1992
Collins & Kistler (formerly Robert L. Collins & Associates), Attorneys at Law - Emphasis on Consumer and Public Interest Litigation - including appointment as Class Counsel - Federal Skywalk Litigation - Hyatt Regency Disaster (1981) [In Re Federal Skywalk Cases, 680 F.2d 1175 (8th Cir. 1982)], Kansas City, Missouri, and representation of numerous victims of Houston Westchase Hilton Hotel Fire Disaster. Representation of Class Plaintiffs in Continental Trailways/Graebel Collision (1987). Representation of numerous other bus and vehicle collision victims. Representation of airplane (both private and commercial airline) crash victims. Representation in automobile product liability litigation (including a judgment finding the 1986 Hyundai Excel automobile to be defective in its design and unreasonably dangerous.) The firm also engaged in complex business litigation - representation including individual owners of 2016 Main led by U.S. 5th Circuit Appeals Court Judge Joe Ingraham among other civic leaders, numerous homeowner/property owner associations, developers, lenders (banks and savings associations), builders and title insurance companies, usury and fraud litigation, including a $22 Million judgment against Continental Savings Association (District Court, Bastrop, Texas) in September of 1988.
October 1980 to June 1982
Partner - Collins & Steinburg - Emphasis on consumer law and civil litigation.
February 1979 to October 1980
Attorney - Sole Practitioner with emphasis on consumer law and civil litigation.
November 1977 to January 1979
Associate Attorney – Hoover, Cox & Miller – general civil practice with litigation emphasis
REPRESENTATIVE FORMER CLIENTS -
Class Counsel - KB Home Arbitration Litigation (2003-2006); Class Counsel – Federal Skywalk Litigation; Class Counsel - Continental Trailways Bus Collision and Graebel Van Lines Litigation; Tan Sahsa Airline Flight No. 414 Crash Litigation; Automobile product liability litigation – Chandler v. Hyundai Motor Company; Audubon Society - wetlands litigation; Cornerstone Savings Association; Heights State Bank; West Belt National Bank; Imperial Title Company; The Development Group, Inc.; Development Mortgage Group, Inc.; Skyways Aviation, Inc.; Power Pak Co., Inc.; Texas Gulf Gas Company; Timberlake Estates Property Owners' Association; Tranquility Lakes Homeowners' Association; 2016 Main Homeowners' Committee; and Rivertree Owners' Association.
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
United States Supreme Court; Supreme Court of Texas; United States Courts, Southern District of Texas; United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals; United States 11th Circuit Court of Appeals; Pro Hac Vice before United States District Courts - Western District of Texas, Northern District of Florida, Northern District of Texas, Western District of Missouri and United States 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Cameron County Bar Association (Texas); State Bar of Texas; Life Fellow-Texas Bar Foundation; College of the State Bar of Texas.
TRIAL AND APPELLATE EXPERIENCE
Numerous trials as Lead Counsel in U.S. District Courts, U. S. Bankruptcy Courts, Texas Civil District Courts, Texas Criminal District Courts, Probate Courts, County Civil and Criminal Courts, Justice Courts and Municipal Courts. Appeals handled to United States Supreme Court, Texas Supreme Court, Texas Appeals Courts and numerous U.S. Appeals Courts.
City Attorney - Port Isabel, Texas (2006 to present)
Member - The Advocates - Moot Court - Appellate Advocacy Board.
1977 - 1976
Graduate - University of Houston College of Law, May 1977, Doctor of Jurisprudence.May 1977 - Jan. 1977
Intern - Harris County District Attorney, 185th District Court - Preparation and Prosecution of Felony Trials; Presentation of Felony Cases to the Grand Jury; Research and Preparation of Legislative Proposals for Harris County District Attorney to Texas Legislature.Nov. 1977 - July 1976
Intern - Hoover, Cox & Miller, Houston - (35 hours weekly) -General Civil Practice - Practiced under 3rd year Limited Practice Authorization of Texas Supreme Court; General Business and Litigation Practice.1976 - 1975
Vice-President - University of Houston Student Bar Association.June 1976 – September 1975
Law Clerk – Schmidt and Matthews – Houston – (30 hours weekly) – Plaintiff’s FELA, Jones Act, product liability and negligence practice.August 1975 - April 1975
Law Clerk - Childs, Fortenbach, Beck & Guyton - Houston - (30 hours weekly) - Corporate, Commercial and Labor Litigation Practice.March 1975 - Sept. 1974
Employed by Wood George & Co. - Houston - (30 - 40 hours weekly during first year law school) - Trucking and transportation related primarily to oil field equipment and supplies.September 1974
Entered University of Houston College of Law.1974
Graduate - University of Texas - Austin, Bachelor of Science in Education. Goodfellows. Phi Kappa Tau.1973
Instructor Assistant - University of Texas - Austin, Educational Psychology.1970
Graduate - Galena Park High School, Houston – Commencement Speaker, Class of 1970. Recipient of Jesse Jones Scholarship, Arthur Anderson Foundation Scholarship and Junior Achievement Scholarship. Delegate to American Legion Boys State and consecutive delegate to and Candidate for National President of National Junior Achievement Conference.