Attorney - Donnell J. Collins


Donnell J. Collins
HBS Atlanta Office

P: 404-954-6963
F: 404-954-5020
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A Partner in the Atlanta Office and a native of Claxton, Georgia, Mr. Collins attended Morehouse College where he matriculated as a Presidential Scholar and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society following his junior year of study. Mr. Collins graduated from Morehouse in 1993 with the highest honors (summa cum laude). He entered law school that same year at the Emory University School of Law as a Merit Scholar.

While in law school, he gained considerable experience as an intern for Chief Justice Robert Benham of the Supreme Court of Georgia. After graduating from Emory in 1996, Mr. Collins launched his litigation career with the law firm of King & Spalding. In 1997, he joined the law firm of Zirkle and Hoffman where he continued his civil litigation practice. He also began an extensive insurance defense practice, specializing in the representation of self-insured employers, insurance companies, and third-party administrators in workers' compensation matters. Five years later, he became a Partner in the firm.

Since joining Hall Booth Smith in 2002, Mr. Collins' practice has also included the defense of health care professionals in medical malpractice cases and general liability claims. He respresents some of the most respected Fortune 100 companies. In 2006, he was appointed by Attorney General Thurbert Baker as a Special Assistant to the Attorney General to represent the State of Georgia in workers' compensation matters. He is an AV rated lawyer (lawyers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence) and was recognized as one of the state’s top lawyers in GeorgiaTrend Magazine’s 2012 Legal Elite publication, Atlanta Magazine's 2014 Top Lawyers of Georgia, and recent Atlanta Journal Constitution Top Lawyers 2018. 

Now in his third decade of practicing law, Mr. Collins continues to do so with the recognition as one of Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers and AV Preeminent attorneys.

Practice Areas


Mr. Collins is committed to helping employers avoid, resolve and prevail in employment disputes involving the full range of employment and labor issues. This includes litigation in state and federal courts and the representation of employers before administrative agencies over claims including: discrimination, harassment, retaliation, accommodation, and state torts such as negligent supervision and hiring, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, defamation, invasion of privacy, and wrongful discharge allegations.


Morehouse College, B.A. in Banking and Finance (summa cum laude), 1993

Phi Beta Kappa, 1992

Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1996


State of Georgia, 1996
State of Alabama, 2012
District of Columbia, 2016
Supreme Court of the State of Georgia, 1998
Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia, 1998
United States District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1998
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1998


Association of Trial Lawyers of America

The Lawyers Club of Atlanta


Georgia's Top Rated Lawyers of 2016

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

The National Black Lawyers Top 100 - 2015

Atlanta Magazine's 2014 Top Rated Lawyers of Georgia

The American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel - Top Rated Lawyer 2014, Medical Malpractice Law

GeorgiaTrend Magazine's 2012 Legal Elite

Super Lawyers Rising Star 2009

National TRIO Achievers Award 1998