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Lake County, Ohio - Common Pleas Court General Division


    Welcome to Lake County, Ohio - Judge Collins Jr. - Biographical



    Lake County Common Pleas, General Division, judge since January 2002

              Presiding Judge 2010, 2017

              Administrative Judge 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015

    Practicing trial attorney 1974-2002

    Jury/Court trials, appeals, personal injury, insurance defense, contracts, business, zoning, real estate, probate, juvenile, domestic relations, criminal defense/prosecution, municipal law.  Appeared before the Ohio Supreme Court, Eleventh District Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court, and Common Pleas and municipal courts in eight counties.

              Baker, Hackenberg and Collins Co., L.P.A., Partner, 1980-2002

    Madison Village solicitor 1980-2002

    Madison Township solicitor 1989-2002

    Madison Fire District solicitor 1987-2002

    Lake County Board of Commissioners legal counsel 1989-2002

    Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority legal counsel 1984-2002

    Kirtland Hills Village prosecutor 1980-2002

    Lakeland Community College prosecutor 1995-2002

    Madison Village prosecutor 1980-2002

    Perry Township zoning counsel 1989-1993

    Lake County Prosecuting Attorney special prosecutor (Kirtland cult murder cases) 1990-1991

    Lake County Prosecuting Attorney special prosecutor (misc. felony cases) 1999-2001

    Instructor Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy 2001-2012

    Municipal Court (Painesville) acting judge & referee 1985-1988

    Common Pleas Court arbitrator 1979-2002

         Licenses & Certifications

    Attorney & Counselor at Law, State of Ohio 1974

    Admitted, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio 1976


    Juris Doctor degree, Ohio Northern University 1974

    Bachelor of Arts degree, Ohio Northern University 1971


    Lake County Common Pleas Court Judges Seminar 2008-present

    Law Day 2005-present

         Memberships (Professional)

    Lake County Association of Chiefs of Police associate member 1992-2002; former honorary member 2002-2006

    Lake County Bar Association member 1974-present

              Certified Grievance Committee 1993-present; chairman 2001-present

              Trustee 2001

    Local Corrections Board of Lake County member 2002-present

    Northeast Ohio Community Alternative Program (N.E.O.C.A.P.)

              Judicial Corrections Board member 2002 & 2003

              Judicial Advisory Board member 2013-present

    Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys member 1982-1994

    Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association member 2002-present

    Ohio Judicial Conference member 2002-present

              Criminal Law and Procedure Committee member 2004-2007

              Civil Law and Procedure Committee member 2008-2012

              Public Confidence and Community Outreach Committee member 2009-2012, 2017-present

            Judicial Ethics and Professionalism Committee member 2013-present

    Ohio State Bar Association member 1974-present

    Supreme Court of Ohio Advisory Committee on Case Management's General Division Time Guidelines Subcommittee member 2012

    Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Professionalism member 2013-present, Vice-chair 2017-present

         Memberships (Community)

    Lifeline for Empowerment of Consumers, Inc. member 1995-2002

    Madison Athletic Association member 1976-1979

    Madison Board of Education member (elected) 1993-2002

    Madison Jaycees 1977-1979

    Madison Recreation District member 1986-1987

    Madison Softball Association member 1984-1987

    Madison Village councilman (appointed) 1979

    Madison-Perry Area Chamber of Commerce (MPACC) member 1992-2000

    Recipient 1997 MPACC Community Service Award

    Ohio High School Mock Trial judge 2002-present

    Western Reserve Fine Arts Association member 1984-1985

    Judge Richard L. Collins Jr.