Peter Collins Jr.
Peter Collins concentrates his practice in general litigation with an emphasis on insurance defense and coverage, construction, personal injury, aviation, medical malpractice and products liability claims, including wrongful death. Peter represents insurers, manufacturers, contractors, and a variety of businesses and individuals. He also represents people with serious injury claims. In addition, Peter Collins has represented trucking and construction companies in wrongful death and injury litigation since 1990.
A former prosecuting attorney, Peter has substantial jury trial experience in civil, medical malpractice and personal injury litigation matters, with over 80 jury trials. He was chief trial counsel for Associated Aviation Underwriters in a massive environmental insurance coverage dispute in Tucson, Arizona, from 1996 through 2005.
Peter is a Judge Pro Tem for The Arizona Superior Court in Pima County and has served as a mediator and arbitrator in various commercial disputes, both on assignment from the Court and in private settings, since 2006.
Peter served in the United States Air Force (Lt. Col., 1969-1973) and the Air National Guard from 1973 - 1991. He flew over 4,000 hours in jet fighter and other aircraft with the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard in 22 years of service and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross three times.
He has been recognized for Insurance Law and Personal Injury Litigation in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2009 and was selected for inclusion on the Southwest Super Lawyers® list for Insurance Coverage. Peter was also recognized in Top Lawyers 2010, Corporate Counsel Magazine and is AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale Hubbell®, representing the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.
Georgetown University (B.A., 1969)
Ohio State University College of Law (J.D., 1978, Order of Barristers, American Jurisprudence Award)
Ohio (1978, inactive)
U.S. District Courts, Southern District of Ohio (1979); Northern District of Ohio (1980); District of Arizona (1990)
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1991)
State Bar of Arizona
Executive Council, Trial Practice Section (Chair, 2005-2007)
Arizona College of Trial Advocacy (Presenting Faculty Member, 2010; Chair, 2006-2007; Board Member, 2008-2017)
Military Committee (Member)
Military Committee (Member)
Veterans Benefits and Resources Seminar (Faculty Member)
Civil Practice and Procedure Committee (Member)
American Bar Association (member, Forum on Air and Space Law, Litigation, and Tort and Insurance Practice Sections)
Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
Tucson Defense Bar
Pima County Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Ohio State Bar Association (former chairman, Law Related Education Committee)
Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Keeping of the Record (2004-05)
PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
Arizona College of Trial Advocacy, July 2014-2016, “Cross Examination of Adverse Expert Witness”
Arizona College of Trial Advocacy, July 2010, "Cross Examination of Plaintiff"
Arizona College of Trial Advocacy, July 2008, "Demonstration of Direct Examination of an Expert Witness"
Arizona College of Trial Advocacy, July 2007, "Demonstration of Direct Examination of Party"
State Bar of Arizona, CLE by the Sea, June 2007, "Demonstration of Voir Dire for the Defense"
State Bar of Arizona Convention, June 2006, "ABC's and Ethics of Mediation"
National Business Institute, June 2006, "Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims"
State Bar of Arizona, CLE by the Sea, June 2006, "Morris, Damron and Peaton Agreements"
American Bar Association Insurance Committee, March 2005, "Sweetheart Deals and Squeezes"
Tucson AIDS Project (former Board Member)
Tucson Classics (former Tournament Chairman)
Southern Arizona Legal Aid Inc, Volunteer Lawyers Program (2003-present), Volunteer Lawyer of the Month (December 2015)
The Best Lawyers in America® (Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs) 2009 - 2021
Southwest Super Lawyers® (Insurance Coverage) 2012-2021