Mr. Raymond Collins was born and raised in Massachusetts. He graduated from Boston College with a BA in History in 1993. He graduated from Harvard Law School with his JD in 1996. He spent his first two years of law practice as an associate in the Litigation Department at Duane Morris in Philadelphia, PA. When he and his wife decided to start raising a family, they moved to Los Angeles in 1998. After working at Thelen Reid and Priest LLP until 2003, Mr. Collins decided to move to a smaller firm in order to balance his career with his family obligations. He spent the next eight years working at Johnson & Tekosky, LLP/Johnson & Higgin, LLP in Los Angeles and AFRCT, LLP in Pasadena, CA. In 2011, Mr. Collins started his own firm which he operated until joining Farahi Law Firm as Of Counsel in August 2015.
Mr. Collins has spent most of his career as a litigator although he does have transactional and corporate experience. He is experienced in all aspects of litigation from pre-trial litigation, to drafting of complaints, conducting discovery, preparing cases for trial and trying cases before juries. He also has vast arbitration and mediation experience.
Mr. Collins has litigated many different types of cases in his 19 years of private practice. He started his career defending automobile cases for State Farm Insurance Company and toxic tort cases for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. He also handled insurance defense cases for Allstate Insurance Company. He has defended and prosecuted cases involving toxic torts, business litigation, banking litigation, mortgage foreclosure litigation, intellectual property and probate matters, including elder abuse cases. Mr. Collins has also litigated environmental matters as well as whistleblower lawsuits.
Mr. Collins has worked on many cases including Maertin et al. v. Armstrong World Industries (toxic tort – settlements of over $1 million), Rodriguez Farm Labor v. Sun World Inc. (breach of contract – arbitration – settlement of over $100,000), Westway Terminal Co. v. CBrewer Termials Inc. et al. (environmental contamination and breach of contract – settlement of over $400,000), State of California v. Altus Finance et al. (fraud – settlements of over $900 million), Holder v. Special Devices Inc. (Qui Tam – federal jury trial – settlement of over $400,000), Rigas et al. v. Sitrick and Co.(fraud, breach of contract – arbitration – settlement of over $500,000), Permillion v. Bouler (probate and elder abuse) and Mlogica et al. v. Karan (enforcement of judgment of over $1.6 million).