• Phil Collins

Philip A. Collins

Phil Collins is an attorney in the firm’s litigation section.  He practices primarily in the areas of insurance claims and coverage matters, personal injury defense, construction litigation, and premises liability.  He has represented individuals, insurance companies, local and national businesses, and governmental entities. 

Some of Phil’s recent representative experience includes the following:

  • Represented insurance company in coverage action where court ruled as a matter of law that insurance policy provided no coverage for wrongful death action
  • Defended healthcare facility in premises liability lawsuit where court dismissed action on summary judgment motion
  • Represented insurance company in coverage action where court ruled as a matter of law that boatowner policy’s business exclusion applied to bar coverage for personal injury claim
  • Successfully defended store in premise liability action where summary judgment dismissal was affirmed by the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
  • Successfully defended church in defamation and infliction of emotional distress lawsuit where summary judgment was affirmed by the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

Phil graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law where he served as a staff member on the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commerce.  He has authored numerous publications from the National Business Institute in the area of insurance coverage.

In his spare time, Phil likes to do nothing in particular with his wife, Grace, and two daughters, Lucy and Julia.  He also writes songs on occasion and makes the rest of the world suffer for his art by playing them in public.


Education

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 1986
  • North Carolina State University, M.A., 1996
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., honors, 2000

Jurisdictions Licensed

  • All North Carolina State and Federal District Courts
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Reported Cases

  • Utley v. Smith 2016 N.C. App. Lexis 1210 (N.C. Ct. App. 2016) (summary judgment dismissal affirmed in premise liability lawsuit against client.
  • Glenn v. Johnson 787 S.E.2d 65, 2016 N.C. App. Lexis 611 (N.C. Ct. App. 2016) (summary judgment dismissal affirmed for defamation and negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress claims against church)
  • Nationwide Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Brinley's Grading Serv. No. COA 12-276, 737 S.E.2d 192, 2013 N.C. App. LEXIS 149 (N.C. Ct. App. 2013) (applicability of CGL policy “leased employee” exclusion in wrongful death action)
  • Taylor v. Bettis No. 7:09-CV-183-F, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 140908 (E.D.N.C. Sept. 30, 2013) (dismissal of fraud, RICO and other claims against attorneys representing RICO defendants)
  • Cullen v. Emanuel & Dunn, PLLC COA11-921, 731 S.E.2d 274, 2012 N.C. App. LEXIS 1039 (N.C. Ct. App. 2012) (dismissal of negligent supervision, tortious interference, statutory attorney fraud, and NC RICO claims against attorneys representing RICO defendants)
  • Great Divide Ins. Co. v. Midnight Rodeo, Inc. No. 5:08-CV-204 –F, 2010 U.S. Dist LEXIS 51598 (E.D.N.C. May 24, 2010) (applicability of assault and battery exclusion in liability policy)
  • Westerhold v. Designer’s Way, Inc. 167 N.C. App. 657, 605 S.E.2d 743 (2004) (summary judgment dismissal affirmed for negligent hiring, supervision, and retention claim)

Professional Affiliations

  • Wake County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys