David B. Collins

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Dave Collins joined Quinn Johnston in 1991, after serving as a law clerk to Illinois Appellate Court Justices William B. Wombacher (deceased) and John A. Gorman. His practice is concentrated in the defense of personal injury and wrongful death cases. He has significant experience defending claims against municipal entities and claims arising from motor vehicle accidents, including motor vehicle accidents involving trucks. He is often contacted immediately following an accident, asked to respond to the accident, oversee the initial investigation into the accident and handle the case through to conclusion. Dave has defended many cases involving child deaths and traumatic brain injuries, and his counsel is often sought by self-insureds, insurers, third party administrators and other defense attorneys on such cases. He also has substantial appellate experience, handling over 20 cases on appeal before the Illinois Supreme and Appellate courts and personally arguing at least 10 of those cases.

American Inns of Court; Abraham Lincoln Inn. Editor in Chief, Northern Illinois University Law Review 1988-1989.

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents - Passenger Vehicles
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents - Commercial Vehicles
  • Municipal Tort Liability
  • Appellate Practice
  • Asbestos Related Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Premises Liability

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
309-674-1133  Phone
309-674-6503  Fax
University Attended:
University of Iowa, B.A., Communication Studies, 1983
Law School Attended:
Northern Illinois University College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1989
Year of First Admission:
1991, U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois; 2005, Iowa; 1989, Illinois
Peoria County and Illinois State Bar Associations; Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel; Defense Research Institute; Appellate Lawyers Association; Greater Peoria Claims Association.
Reported Cases:
Rees v. Oak Grove School District, et al (Peoria County): Trial court granted motion dismissing with prejudice all counts against QJHP&C's clients. Affirmed on appeal. Illinois Supreme Court denied Plaintiff's Petition for Leave on Appeal; Rothrock v. Streator Township High School and Albert (LaSalle County): Trial court granted summary judgment on all counts against QJHP&C's clients, high school and teacher. Affirmed on appeal; Bradford v. Orange Township, et al (Knox County): Trial court granted summary judgment on count against QJHP&C's client, Orange Township; Emerick v. Maloney and Pepsi America (Peoria County): Defendants admitted liability and case was tried before a jury on damages only. Plaintiff claimed to have sustained a traumatic brain injury as a result of the accident and requested in excess of $1M from jury. Jury returned verdict of approximately $207,000; Perry v. Asplundh Tree Expert Company, et al (Will County): Trial court granted Motion for Summary Judgment on all counts against QJHP&C's client, Asplundh Tree Expert Company.

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  • 4.5/5.0 (19 reviews)
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Sole Practitioner on 07/30/12 in Personal Injury

    David Collins is very competent and experienced. His analytical and communication abilities are top notch.

    David Collins is very competent and experienced. His analytical and communication abilities are top notch. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 07/02/12 in Business Law

    I have known David since law school, find him to be of the highest moral fiber and an exceptional lawyer.

    I have known David since law school, find him to be of the highest moral fiber and an exceptional lawyer. Read less

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