The “Lawyer of the Year” is awarded to only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area, making this award particularly significant. Each year, Best Lawyers conducts exhaustive peer-review assessments with thousands of leading lawyers. Lawyers being honored as “Lawyer of the Year” are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during this process. Collins’ designation as “Lawyer of the Year” for White Collar – Criminal Defense in Columbia, SC reflects the high level of respect he has earned among other leading lawyers in the same community and the same practice area for his ability, professionalism, and integrity.
“We are delighted that Joel is being recognized for his commitment to the practice of law in this area,” said managing partner Ellen Adams. “I know it is extremely meaningful to him to be recognized by his peers with this award.”
Joel Collins is a founding shareholder of the firm, and practices in white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation. He received his undergraduate degree from Clemson University in 1965 and earned his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1968. Collins maintains an active role in several community organizations including the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and the Lake Murray-Irmo Rotary Club. He currently serves on the National Board of Directors for the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) as well as a Trustee Emeritus for the ABOTA Foundation. Joel was the recipient of the South Carolina Lawyers Weekly 2012 Leadership in the Law Award, and is a member of the International Society of Barristers.