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Shawn M. Collins

Shawn M. Collins

The Collins Law Firm, P.C.
  • Environmental Law, Personal Injury, Business Law ...
  • Illinois
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An outstanding trial attorney, Shawn Collins is at his best in a courtroom. Shawn has extensive experience handling “high stakes” litigation in environmental contamination, toxic tort, personal injury, and commercial cases. Most recently, Shawn served as co-counsel in a case resulting in a $363 million jury verdict for a woman who contracted breast cancer after decades of exposure to ethylene oxide. He has also been instrumental in acquiring clean water and contamination-free homes for thousands of families. Shawn has recovered millions for clients, including: $34.5 million for a neighborhood contaminated with toxic vapors; $8.5 million for the family of a firefighter killed in a traffic accident; $16.9 million for families with groundwater contamination; $8.19 million for a town with vapor and groundwater contamination; $12 million for plaintiffs who contracted cancer after exposure to toxic chemicals; and $30 million for condominium owners in a property dispute. Shawn has been named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The American Trial Lawyers Association from 2005 through 2022. Shawn is also a “Leading Lawyer”, a distinction earned by fewer than 5% of all lawyers in Illinois. In addition, Shawn has been selected as an Illinois “Super Lawyer” 14 times, most recently in 2023. Shawn has also recently been recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by America’s Top 100 Attorneys. Selection to this group is reserved for only 100 attorneys in each state. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame, Shawn received his law degree from The University of Chicago Law School. He is also a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois. Shawn is a member of the National Trial Lawyers and the Illinois and Chicago Bar Associations. Shawn’s cases have been covered on ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC, and he has been honored as a finalist for the Daily Herald newspaper’s “person of the year” award for his work on behalf of families in Lisle, IL.

University of Chicago
J.D. (1986) | Law
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University of Notre Dame
B.B.A. | Accounting, Philosophy
Honors: Summa Cum Laude
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Professional Experience
Partner / Owner
The Collins Law Firm, P.C.
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Mayer Brown and Platt
Leading Lawyer
Leading Lawyers
Top 100 Trial Lawyer
National Trial Lawyers
Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers
AV Preeminent
Martindale Hubbell
Lifetime Achievement Award
America's Top 100 Attorneys
Professional Associations
State Bar of Illinois  # 6195107
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Chicago Bar Association
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DuPage Bar Association
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National Trial Lawyers
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American Association for Justice
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  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Practice Areas
Environmental Law
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Nursing Home Abuse
Medical Malpractice
Birth Injury, Medical Misdiagnosis, Pharmacy Errors, Surgical Errors
Products Liability
Drugs & Medical Devices, Motor Vehicle Defects, Toxic Torts
Real Estate Law
Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. My mother in law has been watching my dogs they got out of the yard and bite someone. Who would be liable?
A: In Illinois, generally, the dog’s owner is liable to pay all damages incurred by a dog bite victim, unless the dog was provoked, or the victim was a trespasser on the property of the dog’s owner.

However, it is wise to discuss the facts of your particular case with an attorney experienced in such cases before making a final decision as to what you should do.
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The Collins Law Firm, P.C.
1770 Park St
Naperville, IL 60563
Telephone: (630) 527-1595 Ext. 221
Fax: (630) 527-1193