Biography

Collin’s national practice in environmental, toxic tort, and constitutional litigation focuses on attaining regulatory compliance across industrial sectors.

His background in the humanities and natural sciences uniquely positions him to understand clients’ sophisticated technical processes, provide clients counsel concerning these processes, and then capably represent clients’ interests in any litigation forum.

Collin’s interest in environmental litigation stems from his study of the intersection between law and science. Before law school, Collin interned with the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center studying the ecological effects of forest fire on forest density, and subsequently worked as a research assistant with the Carnegie Museum’s Department of Invertebrate Zoology. He has also participated in numerous college field study programs in geology, ecology, and paleontology. Collin chose to specialize in environmental litigation largely due to these experiences, which helped him to recognize the broad applications of environmental law.

During his time at the University of Michigan Law School, Collin served as a Symposium Editor for the Michigan Journal of Law Reform and was a Student Attorney in the school’s Human Trafficking Clinic. He was also a board member of the Environmental Law Society and participated in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition—as both a team member and a coach. Additionally, Collin contributed various publications in environmental, insurance, and international-refugee law to the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law, the Michigan Journal of Public Affairs, and the University of Michigan’s Program in Refugee and Asylum Law’s online resource, RefLaw.

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh  (B.A., magna cum laude, 2012)
    • Environmental Studies, History & Philosophy of Science
  • University of Michigan  (J.D., cum laude, 2015)

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court – New Mexico

Publications

  • Actively Managing Risky Behavior: How the Insurance Industry Should Address a Changing Climate, 12 MICH. J. PUB. AFFAIRS 35 (2015).
  • Legal Protection for Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems, 4 MICH. J. ENVTL. & ADMIN. L. 183 (2014).
  • No Refuge From Climate Change, REFLAW, (Dec. 8, 2014), http://www.reflaw.org/no-refuge-from-climate-change/.