While in law school, he gained considerable experience as an intern for Chief Justice Robert Benham of the Supreme Court of Georgia. After graduating from Emory in 1996, Mr. Collins launched his litigation career with the law firm of King & Spalding. In 1997, he joined the law firm of Zirkle and Hoffman where he continued his civil litigation practice. He also began an extensive insurance defense practice, specializing in the representation of self-insured employers, insurance companies, and third-party administrators in workers’ compensation matters. Five years later, he became a Partner in the firm.
Since joining Hall Booth Smith in 2002, Mr. Collins’ practice has also included the defense of health care professionals in medical malpractice cases and general liability claims. He respresents some of the most respected Fortune 100 companies. In 2006, he was appointed by Attorney General Thurbert Baker as a Special Assistant to the Attorney General to represent the State of Georgia in workers’ compensation matters. He is an AV rated lawyer (lawyers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence) and was recognized as one of the state’s top lawyers in GeorgiaTrend Magazine’s 2012 Legal Elite publication, Atlanta Magazine’s 2014 Top Lawyers of Georgia, and Atlanta Journal Constitution Top Lawyers 2018.
Now in his third decade of practicing law, Mr. Collins continues to do so with the recognition as one of Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers and AV Preeminent attorneys.
•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
•Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers of 2016 & 2018
•Atlanta Magazine’s 2014 Top Lawyers of Georgia
•The American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel, Top Rated Lawyer 2014, Medical Malpractice Law
•GeorgiaTrend Magazine’s 2012 Legal Elite
•Super Lawyers Rising Star2009
•National TRIO Achievers Award 1998
In The News
Partner Donnell Collins chosen as one of the Top 100 Black Lawyers
January 9, 2015
Partner Donnell J. Collins has been chosen as one of the Top 100 Black Lawyers in Business Labor and Employment Law. The National Black Lawyers Top 100
Partner Donnell J. Collins Receives Defense Ruling
November 6, 2013
Donnell J. Collins, a Partner in the Atlanta office, received a defense ruling on September 20, 2013 in a workers’ compensation case he tried in
Partner Donnell J. Collins has been selected by his peers as one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite
May 7, 2013
Hall Booth Smith is pleased to announce that Georgia Trend magazine recently recognized Donnell J. Collins as one of the state’s top lawyers. Several thousand Georgia lawyers nominated attorneys
Attorney Donnell J. Collins Receives a Defense Ruling
September 27, 2012
Donnell J. Collins, a Partner in the Atlanta office, received a defense award on September 16, 2012 a workers' compensation case he tried as counsel fo
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