Michael L. Collins is an Associate in the firm’s Government Affairs Practice Group. Mr. Collins principally represents public sector clients with respect to litigation, legislation, and compliance with state law.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Collins served as Assistant Counsel to Governor Chris Christie in the Authorities Unit. In this capacity, Mr. Collins represented the Governor before New Jersey’s independent state and bi-state authorities, boards and commissions, including the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA), among others. Mr. Collins reviewed and analyzed authority actions subject to gubernatorial veto to ensure compliance 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 received his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law, and currently serves as a member of the law school’s Alumni Council. As a student, Mr. Collins was Editor of the Seton Hall Legislative Journal and Managing Editor of the student-run newspaper, The Cross-Examiner. He also was student director of the law school’s Appellate Advocacy Program.
Mr. Collins graduated in three years from New York University, with a double major in Journalism and Political Science. During his undergraduate studies, Mr. Collins was elected to the Holmdel Township Board of Education, serving a three-year term and chairing the school district’s Buildings and Grounds Committee.
In light of this experience, Mr. Collins was recently appointed by Governor Chris Christie to serve as a member of the New Jersey School Ethics Commission, for a term expiring in 2020.
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