William J. Collins, III

Mr. Collins has practiced products liability law and transportation law for more than forty years and has handled or overseen the handling of products cases on a national basis in a number of different states.

About William


William is head of a litigation team specializing in defense of transportation and products liability (including food products liability), premises liability, commercial litigation, labor and employment, construction, and other insurance defense-related claims.


Military Experience
Outside of his civil practice, Mr. Collins is a Captain in the Texas State Guard and serves as Staff Judge Advocate in the 4th Battalion, 2nd Brigade.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial and Business
  • Products Liability
  • Transportation and Trucking

Legal Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Association for Justice
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Fellow, Houston Bar Association, Membership Section


  • University of Houston Law
    Center (J.D., cum laude, 1981)
  • University of Central Florida
    (B.A., cum laude, 1978)

Honors and Rewards

  • Houston Bar Association – Fellow 1993
  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Court/Bar Admissions

  • Admitted to State Bar of Texas: 1982
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court of New Mexico
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, Washington D.C

Presentations and Publications

  • Author and Presenter, Litigating Underground Utility Damage Claims Under the Texas One Call Statute, SBC 2005 Legal Conference
  • Author and Presenter, Texas’ Duty Regarding Manufacturers to Indemnify Retailers — Caution and Ethical Concerns, National Food Processors Association Conference, 2002
  • Author, An Exception for Deception: Why McKennon Should Not Be Extended to Employment Application Misrepresentations of Pre-Existing Injuries, 37 S. Tex. L. Rev. 779 (1995).
  • Interview on Security Measures for Premises Owners, Houston Business Journal, 1992
  • Litigating Underground Utility Damage Claims Under the Texas One Call
    Statute” at the SBC 2005 Legal Conference