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Wayne D. Collins

Attorney

With over 24 years of legal experience representing individuals and companies wronged by the actions of others, Wayne D. Collins joined The McMillan Law Firm in 2020. Wayne has successfully resolved numerous complex civil litigation matters through litigation, and an extensive listing of his representative matters can be found below. He has extensive experience successfully resolving cases involving wrongful death, personal injury, and business litigation. Wayne was born in in Beaumont, Texas as an eighth generation Texan. He graduated Deer Park High School in 1989.

Wayne graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, with honors, in 1993. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law – Houston in 1996.

As a trial lawyer, Wayne has won record-setting courtroom victories and negotiated high-value settlements throughout Texas and around the country. In 2000, he obtained the largest settlement in Hardin County, Texas history for a widower and his six young children after a drunk driver in a company vehicle killed their wife and mother. Wayne also obtained a multi-million dollar plaintiff’s verdict in Dallas County in a commercial fraud lawsuit, which was the largest single-plaintiff verdict in Dallas County history at that time. In 2002, Wayne’s $177 million jury verdict in an Alexandria, Virginia fraud case was the largest verdict in Virginia history and the 11th largest in the nation for the year 2002.

Since that time, Wayne has resolved hundreds of additional matters, including BP explosion cases and other multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts. Wayne’s practice spans from commercial disputes, maritime matters, wrongful death, catastrophic injury, explosion cases, civil rights, employment matters and first party insurance disputes.

Education
  • South Texas College of Law Houston, Juris Doctorate, 1996
  • University of Houston, Bachelor of Science in Political Science, with honors, 1993
  • Attorney
    The McMillan Law Firm, 2019 – Present
  • Senior Civil Trial Attorney
    The Barton Law Firm, 2015 – 2019
  • Partner
    Collins O’Neal, PLLC, 2004 – 2015
  • Lead Plaintiff’s Litigation Attorney and Partner
    Collins & Watson, L.L.P., 1998 – 2004
  • Attorney
    The Watson Law Firm, 1996 – 1998
  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Texas, 1996
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • All federal courts in Colorado
  • Admitted pro hac vice in the Eastern District of Virginia and in the states of Kentucky, Arkansas, and California
  • Mike Ferrel v. Koch Industries, Inc. (Dallas County) Fraud, Defamation, Tortious Interference and Non-Compete Clause. Verdict: $9.6M
  • Joan Andrews et al. v. Primus Telecommunications (Federal Eastern District of Virginia) Fraud and Securities Fraud. Verdict: $177M (Largest Verdict in Virginia History and 11th in Nation 2002-National Law Journal)
  • Estate of Floyd Wilson v. Leonocio Espaillait (Harris County) Fraud case, verdict $4.34M
  • Richard Levens v. Lloyd Gillespie (Trinity County) Partnership Dispute/Real Estate/Foreclosure involving $10 million in timber property.
  • Bedard, et al v. British Petroleum (Galveston County) British Petroleum Texas City Explosion, Settlement: $19.8M
  • Alejandro Figueroa, et al v. Cives Steel Corp., et al (Harris County) construction injury case, settlement $9.6M
  • Michael Harnois v. Cemex, Inc. (Harris County) workplace injury – arm crushed, settlement $750,000
  • Teofilo Oyervidez v. Paucheco Transportation, Inc. (Dallas Federal Court) trucking brain injury, $1.2M settlement (policy limits)
  • Chad Harrison v. TMC Holdings, Inc. (Dallas Federal Court) trucking death settlement $6.4M
  • Casados v. Grain Elevator Inc. (Cameron County) grain elevator death $2.8M settlement
  • Douglas Shows, et al. v. Steinhagen Oil (Hardin County) wrongful death, negligent entrustment, and dram shop $5.15M settlement
  • Patton v. Galveston County (Sheriff’s Department) (Galveston County) gender discrimination verdict $1.6M
  • Mark Collins v. ICO, Inc. (Houston Federal Court) wrongful discharge, whistleblower $250k settlement
  • Crawford v. Gilman Acura, Inc. (Houston Federal Court) race discrimination $800k settlement
  • Danny Tarkington, et al v. Whithead Oil (Jefferson County) wrongful death explosion $680k for an adult child survivor
  • Danny Hopper v. M/V Singapore, et al. (Houston Federal Court) admiralty wrongful death $2.8M
  • Michael Hernandez v. BJ Well Services (Harris County) crushed limb $900k settlement
  • Lori Smith v. Sparkman Industries, Inc. (Harris County) wrongful death with contributory negligence factors $500k verdict
  • Jones v. Marathon (Galveston Federal Court) plant inhalation $4.3M settlement
  • Baker v. Du Pont (Harris County) wrongful death plant explosion and release $8.6M settlement
  • Confidential (Oklahoma City) oilfield amputation $4.3M settlement

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