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Collins & Lacy Co-Founder Inducted Into SC Lawyers Hall Of Fame

Nov 08, 2018 11:47AM ● By Kathleen Maris

South Carolina Lawyers Weekly inducted Collins & Lacy co-founder Joel W. Collins, Jr. into its’ Hall of Fame at a luncheon in West Columbia on Tuesday, November 6th. This is SCLW’s inaugural Hall of Fame class.

The hall honors attorneys who are aged 60 and older who have had significant impacts on the legal profession in the Palmetto State. Collins was one of 22 honorees who were profiled by the legal publication. Editors selected the class of inductees based on career accomplishments, contributions to the development of the law, and efforts to increase access to justice.

Service to others has been at the heart of Collins’ 50+ year career, from his role as a JAG in the Army during Vietnam to representing businesses and professionals in complex litigation to teaching honors students at the University of South Carolina. His Lawyers Weekly profile included a fun anecdote about service as a young boy growing up in Chester, S.C.:

“My father was the head football coach of Chester High School and I served as team mascot. I had a little uniform … players thought I brought them good luck, so they would come to my elementary school class and get me so I could be on the bus for all the away games.”

In 1984, he co-founded Collins & Lacy law firm along with Stan E. Lacy. Over the course of 50 years, the accolades have been numerous. Earlier this year, Collins received the Order of Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian honor.

However, it is service that makes Collins proud. He told Lawyers Weekly that his proudest professional accomplishments involve serving the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) where he has been a foundation trustee, president of the foundation trustees, and national president of ABOTA.