Collins, Loren W.

Loren W. Collins

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Martindale Hubbell | AV Preeminent Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence 2018

Practice Areas:

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


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.

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Current Employment Position

  • Sole Practitioner


  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell

Representative Case

  • Engquist v. Oregon Department of Agriculture, 478 F.3d 985 (9th Cir. 2006) aff'd, 128 S.Ct. 2146 (2008).
  • Brown v. Oregon Department of Corrections, 173 F.R.D 265 (1987), 1997, U.S. District - Oregon
  • Brown v. Oregon Department of Corrections, 173 F.R.D. 262 (1987), 1997, U.S. District - Oregon

Past Positions

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

Professional Associations

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


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

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