Johnathan Collins

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Dallas, Texas

Sanders Collins PLLC
Johnathan Collins
Sanders Collins PLLC

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Civil Litigation; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 2006

Education: Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2010 - 2012, 2014 - 2020

Sanders Collins PLLC

325 N. St. Paul St.
Suite 3100
Dallas, TX 75201 Visit website


Johnathan Collins has consistently been recognized as one of the best lawyers in Texas. This recognition stems from the consistent results he has achieved for clients in over fifteen years of practice, first as a partner at a large international law firm in Texas, and now at Sanders Collins PLLC. Johnathan has represented Fortune 500 companies to individuals. He approaches each engagement with the same intensity, determination, and commitment to excellence.   

Johnathan represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, property damages and product liability cases.

Johnathan also brings his extensive experience to bear to advise companies and individuals on employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, vendor and customer contracts, leases, buy-sell agreements, and other agreements. In addition, he has guided business founders and private equity companies through business acquisitions and divestitures.

His recent litigation work includes:

  • Trial counsel for lender in $2.5 million real estate dispute with land owner. Obtained total defense verdict after four day jury trial.

  • Trial counsel in copyright infringement matter. Obtained jury verdict for reasonable royalty sought after four day jury trial.

  • Prosecuted claims for commercial real estate developer against property seller for breach of a $10 million contract of sale related to encumbrance of property with oil and gas lease. Obtained a judgment for the full amount of damages sought plus attorney fees.

  • Represented commercial real estate developer and purchaser in indemnification lawsuit against property seller related to breaches of multi-million dollar purchase and sale agreement.

  • Represented commercial property owner against claims alleging personal injury and premises liability arising out of alleged negligent repairs and/or negligent construction.

  • Defended oil and gas companies related to claims of, among other things, fraud, breach of contract, and violations of the Texas Natural Resources Code related to plaintiff’s purported purchase of working interests in oil and gas wells across Texas.

  • Represented oil and gas company in lease termination litigation.

  • Defended trustee against claims of fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty made by limited partners arising out of approximately $32 million installment sales agreement.

  • Represented software company related to claims for breach of contract and tortious interference.

  • Litigated commercial lease disputes as landlord, tenant, and guarantor.

  • Litigated disputes between members of LLCs related to claims of fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty.

  • Represented debtors and guarantors related to suits on notes and guaranties.

  • Defended and prosecuted claims for misappropriation of trade secrets and violation of non-compete agreements.

  • Defended real estate investment trust related to allegations of defective construction of student dormitories across the country.

His recent transactional and business advisory experience includes:

  • Represented private equity company in divestiture of portfolio health care company.

  • Represented owner in sale of twenty-five (25) auto repair shops.

  • Represented doctor in acquisition of health care company.

  • Represented group of founders in sale of start-up business.

  • Represented business founder in business exit strategy and sale.

  • Represented doctor in sale of medical practice and related employment agreement as part of business succession engagement.

  • Advised revenue management company on master service agreement.

  • Advised members of LLC regarding rights, duties and obligations surrounding business divorce matters.

  • Advised start-up technology company regarding independent contractor agreement and protection of intellectual property rights.

Mr. Collins attended Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor magna cum laude in 2006, graduating Order of the Coif (Top 10%). While in law school, he served as managing editor of the Journal of Air Law and Commerce as well as was a part of the executive board of the SMU Law Review Association. Mr. Collins obtained his bachelors degree from Azusa Pacific University in 2002, graduating summa cum laude, and where he was a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society (Top 10% of graduating class).  

He is licensed to practice before all U.S. District Courts in Texas, the District of Colorado and the Eastern District of Michigan, as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th and 9th Circuits.

Practice areas

Business Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Defense

Focus areas

Trade Secret

  • 40% Business Litigation
  • 40% Mergers & Acquisitions
  • 10% Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10% Civil Litigation: Defense

First Admitted: 2006, Texas

Professional Webpage:

  • Order of the Coif, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
  • Named, Texas Rising Star by Texas Monthly magazine (2010-12, 2014-18)
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Managing Editor, Journal of Air Law & Commerce, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • Executive Board Member, SMU Law Review Association, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Texas State Courts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Educational Background:
  • B.S., summa cum laude, Azusa Pacific University, 2002

Office location for Johnathan Collins

325 N. St. Paul St.
Suite 3100
Dallas, TX 75201

Phone: 214-997-4619


3 Years Super Lawyers
10 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2010 - 2012, 2014 - 2020

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