John A. Collins, III

John A. Collins, III

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in New London, CT

Suisman Shapiro Attorneys-at-Law
 | 2 Union Plaza, Suite 200, New London, CT 06320
Phone: 860-442-4416
Fax: 860-442-0495
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2007, 2009 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
  • Free Consultation
Attorney Profile

A shareholder at Suisman Shapiro Attorneys-at-Law, John A. Collins, III focuses his practice primarily on personal injury and wrongful death litigation. From the firm's office in New London, Connecticut, he provides representation to clients throughout the southern and eastern parts of the state. Admitted to practice in Connecticut since 1981, Mr. Collins is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Mr. Collins counts among his clients people who have been harmed as a result of the negligence or recklessness of other parties. The types of cases that he has handled have arisen out of incidents involving motor vehicle crashes, medical malpractice, pedestrian knockdowns, construction site accidents and premises liability. Mr. Collins has been able to obtain significant compensation for many of his clients both through jury awards and negotiated settlements, and some of his representative results have included a $10 million settlement for a young girl who suffered severe burn injuries in a fire at her school and several six-figure verdicts. His fellow professionals have taken note of his successful track record, and they have awarded him an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. In addition, Mr. Collins has been selected for inclusion in the prestigious Best Lawyers in America since 2012.

Mr. Collins has been with the firm for his entire legal career. He attended the College of the Holy Cross as an undergraduate and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1978. Mr. Collins then pursued his legal education at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and he served on the Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law before being awarded his Juris Doctor in 1981. He is a member of several legal organizations and is active in his community as well.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

White Papers

  • PURSUING NEGLIGENCE ACTIONS ARISING FROM CONSTRUCTION SITE INJURIES: (2004) - Paper presented at a seminar in February 2004 addressing legal issues involving contractor and subcontractor liability for construction site injuries.  The paper addresses the historical underpinnings of such liability up to 2004.  Copies are available upon request:  [email protected]

  • About John Collins, III

    Admitted: 1981, Connecticut

    Professional Webpage:


    • 2020 Professional Excellence Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award, Connecticut Law Tribune, 2020
    • Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2008, 2009 - 2020, Super Lawyers, 2020
    • ., Chelsea Groton Bank--corporator, Chelsea Groton Bank, 2020
    • "Selection as a Fellow requires demonstrated superior legal ability and devotion to the welfare of the community, state and nation, as well as to the advancement of the legal foundation".  Source: Connecticut Bar Foundation      , Life Fellow, Connecticut Bar Foundation, 2005
    • AV rating. 5.0/5.0--2013-2020, Martindale Hubbell/, 2020
    • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2012-2021 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® in the practice area of Personal Injury Litigation, The Best Lawyers in America®, 2021
    • Local Litigation Star 2011-2015, Benchmark Plaintiff, 2015

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
    • Member, Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    • New London County Bar Association, 1981 - Present
    • Connecticut Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
    • American Association for Justice, 1981 - Present
    • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, 1981 - Present
    • Connecticut Bar Association, 1981 - Present
    • American Bar Association, 1981 - Present
    • Connecticut, 1981
    • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1981
    • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association: Budget Committee, 2009

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Board of Directors, Old Lyme Day Care, Inc., 1987 - 1997
    • Board of Directors, Lymes' Youth Service Bureau, 1994 - 2000
    • Board of Directors, New London Main Street, 1999 - 2005
    • President, New London Main Street, 2003 - 2005
    • Board of Directors, Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, 2005 - 2011
    • Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Club, 2009
    • Acting Chair, Old Lyme Ethics Formation Committee, 2006 - 2008
    • Old Lyme Water Resource Committee, 2011
    • President, Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, 2008 - 2010
    • Chairman, Lymes' Youth Service Bureau, 1999 - 2000

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Author, Self Determination in International Law, Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, 1981
    • Member and Notes Editor, Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law


    • Dumont v. UBC, CV-97-0542600S, Verdict of $300,000 reduced by comparative negligence to $150,000, 2000
    • Hayes v. Johnson, CV-01-0560480S, Verdict: $259,173, 2003
    • Disclaimer: Of course, past results are no indication as to the value or results likely to be obtained in any present and future claims.
    • Shelby v. Munro Muffler, CV-97-0543736S, Verdict: $475,000, 2000
    • Russ v. Allstate No. CV-96-0539136,No. CV-95-0536638, Verdict: $203,498, 1997
    • Parsons v. Town of Salem, defendant's verdict, 2000
    • John Doe1 v. David Zaharie CV-99-0552498S, Judgment: $1 million, 1999
    • Mattos v. Morris  CV-970544744S, Verdict: $71,657, 1999
    • Martic v. Tunstall, CV 05 4001869S, Verdict: $129,070, 2005
    • Jacobs v. Milunus KNL-CV08-5008030S Arbitration Award, $1,053,356, 2010
    • Crespo v. Wood  KNL-CV-07-5003413S Verdict, interest & Costs:  $379,290, 2008

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Martindale Hubbell AV rating 5/5 2013-2020, 2020
    • Avvo rating 10/10 2011-2020, 2020

    Educational Background:

    • College of the Holy Cross, BA (Political Science), 1978
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    Office Location for John A. Collins, III

    2 Union Plaza, Suite 200
    New London, CT 06320

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    Last Updated: 2/2/2021

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