Loren W. Collins

Loren W. Collins

Sole Practitioner
Salem, Oregon
Loren Collins was born and raised in the Willamette Valley. After graduating from Yamhill-Carlton High School, Collins attended Willamette University as an undergraduate and then Willamette University College of Law. Collins has practiced law for over 30 years. He started his practice in Corvallis before he and wife Linda moved to Salem where they became active in the community. Collins was in private practice in Salem and served on the Salem City Council including two years as Council President. Subsequently, he served as a Senior Assistant Attorney General and then Chief Trial Counsel for the Oregon Department of Justice. After spending four years on the Oregon south coast, Collins returned to Salem in 2014 and opened his own office as Loren Collins P.C. where he represents employees and injured persons in employment, civil rights and injury cases. Collins has tried over 60 jury trials, including employment, civil rights, personal injury, medical malpractice, construction, land use and water rights cases. He has been active in the Oregon State Bar, chairing both the Bar's Federal Practice Committee and Civil Rights Section. Collins is rated by Martindale-Hubble with an AV Preeminent* rating by his peers for his high level of ethics and outstanding legal abilities.  Collins and his wife, Linda, live in south Salem.

AV*, AV Preeminent*, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are Certification Marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell* certification procedures, standards and policies.

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Areas of Practice

  • 60% Employment Litigation
  • 20% Personal Injury
  • 15% General Civil Litigation
  • 5% Other

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, 1982
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1994
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2008


  • Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon
    • J.D. - 1982
  • Willamette University, Salem, Oregon
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1978
    • Major: Political Science/History

Published Works

  • The Class of One Theory: Should It Apply to Employment Cases, Oregon Civil Rights Newsletter, December, 2005
  • Supreme Court Rejects Class-of-One Theory in Public Employment, Oregon Civil Rights Newsletter, July, 2008

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Willamette Valley American Inns of Court, Member, 2014 - Present
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Guardian Member, 2011 - Present
  • Marion County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Ringo Walton Eves & Stuber, Associate, 1982 - 1985
  • Walton & Collins, Partner, 1986 - 1987
  • Loren W. Collins P.C., Sole Pracititioner, 1987 - 1992
  • Enfield, Guimond, Brown & Collins (and then Enfield, Brown, Collins & Knivila), Partner, 1993 - 2001
  • Oregon Department of Justice, Senior Assistant Attorney General and then Chief Trial Counsel, 2001 - 2010
  • Stebbins, Coffey & Collins, Associate and then Partner, 2010 - 2014