Michael L. Collins focuses his practice on government affairs and represents private and public sector clients at all levels of government. His broad range of experience includes state legislative affairs, election law, strategic advice and issues management, county and municipal government advocacy, and advocacy to regulatory agencies. He assists clients in numerous areas, including redevelopment and land use law, contracting and transactions, public-private partnership structures, pay-to-play rules, procurement matters, and compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. In addition, Mr. Collins represents clients in litigation and appellate matters.
Mr. Collins has served as Holmdel Township Attorney since January 2017, advising the Township on a variety of legal issues. His representation of the municipality includes a unique history with the Township. During his first year of undergraduate studies at age 18, Mr. Collins won a seat on the Holmdel Township Board of Education, making him the youngest person ever to serve on Holmdel’s school board, as well as one of the youngest people to serve in elected office. He served a three-year term, during which he chaired the Buildings and Grounds Committee. Today, Mr. Collins continues to support public education as a member of the New Jersey School Ethics Commission, appointed by Governor Chris Christie to a term expiring in 2020.
Prior to joining Archer, Mr. Collins served as Assistant Counsel to Governor Christie in the Authorities Unit. In this capacity, Mr. Collins represented the Governor before New Jersey’s independent state and bi-state authorities, including the Economic Development Authority, Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority, New Jersey Infrastructure Bank, Casino Control Commission and New Jersey Racing Commission, among others. Mr. Collins provided counsel to the Governor on legal and policy issues facing the authorities, including proposed regulations, and analyzed actions subject to gubernatorial veto to ensure consistency with New Jersey procurement, open public meetings, and ethics laws.
Before serving in Trenton, Mr. Collins clerked in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division for the Hon. Carmen Messano, P.J.A.D., during his tenure as Presiding Judge for Administration, the highest-ranking judge of New Jersey’s intermediate court. Mr. Collins analyzed and drafted bench memoranda on appeals from the Superior Court’s civil, criminal, family, general equity, and tax parts, as well as from final decisions of State agencies.
Mr. Collins received his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law, and currently serves as a member of the law school’s Alumni Council. Immediately prior to law school, Mr. Collins graduated in three years from New York University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science.
Professional And Community Involvement
- Seton Hall Law School Alumni Council, 2016 to Present
- New Jersey Law Journal, Young Lawyers Advisory Board, 2014 to Present
- New Jersey State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, 2012 to Present
- Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy, 2012 to Present
- Republican National Lawyers Association, 2011 to Present
- Past Member, Holmdel Township Board of Education, 2008-2011