Richard T. Collins

Richard T. Collins

Senior Trial Attorney
Santa Ana, California
888-284-0809 (Toll Free)

Rich Collins is known for being an aggressive advocate and formidable trial opponent who is attentive to his clients' needs, approaching each case with a results-oriented litigation plan of uncompromising quality. Named to the list of Super Lawyers for 2015, Rich handles a wide variety of cases, including insurance bad faith, serious personal injury and wrongful death claims, resulting in the recovery of millions of dollars for his clients through verdicts and settlements. He has been featured in the press for his involvement in litigation against doctors and pharmacies responsible for prescription overdose deaths. Rich also has substantial experience in business, employment, real estate, environmental and toxic tort litigation, and product liability matters.

As a trial attorney whose experience includes drafting manuals and handbooks utilized by insurance companies in the litigation of claims, and as a former claims representative with a national insurer, Rich understands the intricacies of insurance cases from both sides of the aisle. With this rare perspective, Rich has excellent working knowledge of how claims are made, handled and resolved, providing his consumer and small business clients with a wealth of expertise. Rich has the necessary skills, compassion, and dedication to succeed on behalf of those who have experienced insurance bad faith, have suffered serious personal injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one.

Rich established his practice in Southern California and is particularly attuned to the Southern California community and local court system, though he has been lead counsel in numerous jury and court trials in federal and state courts throughout California and elsewhere. He frequently receives referrals from other attorneys, has been invited to lecture on many insurance-related and wrongful death-related matters across the region.

Rich resides in Laguna Niguel with his wife and four children. He is active in his community, where he has coached Little League Baseball, ASA Softball and AYSO Soccer, has served on the Board of the local Little League and the City's Youth Sports Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Recent Media Coverage
Clients of Rich Collins Interviewed on CNN as Part of a Special on Addiction in America
CNN "Daily Fix" - Sept 1, 2014

Rich Collins quoted in ABC7 on Prescription Medication Wrongful Death Case
ABC7 Los Angeles - April 26, 2014

Rich Collins Quoted in Orange County Register Article "Newport Doctor Accused in Two...Overdose Deaths"
Orange County Register- April 1, 2014

Santa Barbara News Press: Doctor Takes Plea Deal - Three Families Represented by Rich Collins
Santa Barbara News-Press- December 24, 2013

Rich Collins Helps Patient Sue for Medical Malpractice in Opioid Overprescription Case in Santa Barbara
Courthouse News- December 23, 2013

Santa Barbara News Press features Rich Collins' Overmedication and Wrongful Death Case
Santa Barbara News Press- March 16, 2013

Prescription Drug Overdose: Who's to Blame
Rich Collins, Daily Journal- February 28, 2013

ABC7 News Features Rich Collins' Client and Former Costco Pharmacy Tech. Fired for Alerting Supervisors About Excessive Filling of Narcotic Prescriptions
ABC7 Los Angeles - February 21, 2013

Family Helped by Rich Collins in Wrongful Death Suit
Santa Barbara Noozhawk - July 16, 2012

Embattled Doctor Faces Wrongful Death Suit
Santa Barbara News Press - July 15, 2012

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit


  • Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa, California
    • J.D. - 1993
  • University of California
    • B.A. - 1988


  • "Overtaken: One Community, Hundreds of Fatal Overdoses", Panel Presentation on Prescription Overdose, February 25, 2013, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
  • "Triggering Coverage in a Mold Case and What To Do When Coverage Is Denied", Harris Martin's Mold Conference: Science on Trial, September 21, 2007, San Francisco, CA
  • "Litigating the Small Bad Faith Case", Orange County Bar Association, Insurance Law Section, July 28, 2006, Costa Mesa, CA

Honors and Awards

  • Southern California Super Lawyers, 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of California
  • Orange County Bar Association, Insurance Law Section

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member, Knights of Columbus
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