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 since 2015, Rich has been lead counsel in over 25 jury and court trials in federal and state courts throughout California and elsewhere. He is a litigator with extensive experience in the areas of insurance recovery, coverage and bad faith, health care law, business disputes, employment, real estate, environmental and toxic tort claims, product liability, and serious personal injury and wrongful death claims.

As a trial attorney with vast experience in the field of insurance law, Rich has recovered millions of dollars for his policyholder clients through verdicts and settlements. Having previously served as a claims representative for a national insurer and having represented insurance companies for the first 10 years of his career, 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 policyholder clients - both businesses and consumers alike - with a wealth of expertise.

Whether you are a policyholder in need of medically necessary treatment that has been denied or a health care provider who has been denied payment for such medically necessary services, Rich has the necessary skills, tenacity, and dedication to succeed on behalf of his clients. He represents a wide variety of health care providers and other professionals in matters involving insurance recovery, business litigation, and administrative and regulatory matters. Rich also advises health care professionals and organizations on operations, regulatory compliance, and transactions specific to the health care industry. Rich has also been featured in the press for his handling of litigation involving prescription drug overdose deaths.

Rich established his practice in Southern California and is particularly attuned to the Southern California community and local court system, though he is often called upon to litigate in federal and state courts throughout the country. His respect in the legal community as an expert on insurance law is evidenced by the frequent referrals he receives from other attorneys.

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, Davis
    • 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, 2016, 2017, 2018

Professional Associations and Memberships

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

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member, Knights of Columbus