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Attorney Rick Collins Installed as Secretary of the Nassau County Bar Association

rickcollinsRick Collins, a founding partner at Collins, McDonald & Gann, P.C. (www.cmgesq.com), has been installed as an officer of the Nassau County Bar Association.  Collins, who co-founded the criminal defense law firm of Collins, McDonald & Gann in 1990 and is the country’s foremost legal authority in the area of performance enhancing drugs and supplements, was elected to the position of Secretary and  was installed at a ceremony at the Nassau County Bar Association on June 3rd.

An active member of the NCBA for 25 years, Collins has been serving as a Director of the NCBA since 2011.  He also serves on the Advisory Board of the We Care Fund, part of the  charitable arm of the Nassau County Bar Association which helps raise funds to improve the quality of life for children, the elderly and others in need throughout Nassau County.

Collins, a former Nassau County Assistant District Attorney, is an internationally-recognized legal authority on the non-medical use/abuse of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing substances, and has built an active national law practice catering to clients in the bodybuilding, fitness and dietary supplement communities. He spearheads the firm’s growing bi-coastal dietary supplements division to provide legal counsel to the supplement industry, and serves as the official legal advisor to the International Federation of Bodybuilding and as General Counsel to the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

Over the past few years Collins has become a legal trailblazer as the co-chairman of a proposal to conditionally seal certain low-level criminal records in New York.  His committee’s report has been adopted by the New York State Bar Association and the Nassau County Bar Association, endorsed by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice and, if passed as a bill by the Legislature, may make history in changing the law pertaining to the sealing of criminal records in New York State.   Bills acknowledging the work of his committee are awaiting action in Albany and, if passed, would result in a change in state law allowing judges the discretion to seal the criminal records of certain non-violent ex-offenders.

In addition, last year he was appointed by New York State Bar Association President Seymour W. James, Jr. to serve on a New York State Bar Association Special Committee created to address the issue of prisoner re-entry, to examine problems that formerly incarcerated individuals face upon release from prison or jail and the kind of services needed to help them lead productive lives.

Collins, who has been recognized by Long Island Business News as one of Long Island’s “50 Around 50” and was selected as a recipient of the 2013 “Leadership in Law” award,   has been interviewed as a legal authority in the film “Bigger, Stronger, Faster” (2008) and on national television talk and news shows, in talk radio interviews and by numerous online and print publications.  The author of two best-selling books, he has contributed chapters to two texts on sports nutrition and co-authored a chapter on adolescent use of performance-enhancing drugs.  He frequently writes for various fitness and bodybuilding publications on issues where health and fitness overlap with law and policy, and has been a monthly columnist for the nationally circulated Muscular Development magazine and a member of their Advisory Board since 2001.  He is also currently a blogger for the Huffington Post Crime section.

In addition to his role at NCBA, Collins is active in a number of other professional organizations and philanthropic groups, including the United Mavericks.  He is a past president of the Criminal Courts Bar Association of Nassau County and the Former Assistant District Attorneys of Nassau County, as well as an officer or member of numerous other state and national professional organizations including the New York State Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the New York State Defenders Association. He is an annual faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and is on the Adjunct Faculty of Hofstra University Law School.

Collins, a resident of East Meadow, received his undergraduate degree from Hofstra University and his JD from Hofstra University School of Law.

For more information on Rick Collins, visit www.rickcollins.com.

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