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Rick Collins to Receive “Leadership In Law” Award from Long Island Business News

rickcollinsRick Collins has been selected as a recipient of the 2013 “Leadership in Law” award.  The award, presented by Long Island Business News, recognizes individuals whose dedication to excellence and leadership, both in the legal profession and in the community, has had a positive impact on Long Island.  Awardees were selected by a committee of business leaders, and are being honored based on career and professional accomplishments.

The award will be presented on November 14 at a special gala dinner the Crest Hollow Country Club.  Rick is being honored in the category of Partner, and is one of only 14 law firm partners honored with this award.  The Leadership in Law award specifically recognizes leaders in the legal community for the qualities of experience, dedication, hard work, skill, tenacity, excellence and compassion.

The “Leadership in Law” award is an important recognition for Rick, a former Nassau County Assistant District Attorney who co-founded Collins, McDonald & Gann in 1990 and who has established himself as a leader in the Long Island legal community.  He has become widely known as an internationally-recognized legal authority on the non-medical use/abuse of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing substances and over the past few years has become a legal trailblazer as the co-chairman of a select committee proposing to seal the criminal records of deserving ex-offenders in New York.  His proposal, which would increase job opportunities for those seeking employment and lower tax-payer costs, 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 by the Legislature, may make history in changing the law pertaining to the sealing of criminal records in New York State.   

In addition to his work in seeking to make criminal record sealing a reality in New York, Rick has also continued to spearhead Collins, McDonald & Gann’s growing Dietary Supplements and Steroid Law practices.  He has been involved in numerous high-profile cases both locally and nationally, and maintains his role as a well-known figure in the bodybuilding, health, fitness and nutrition communities. A lawyer, author, lecturer and magazine columnist, he has been awarded the highest accolades for his legal abilities and ethical standards (AV-rating) from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell directory of lawyers, and he is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.  He is a Director at the Nassau County Bar Association and also serves on the Advisory Board of the WE CARE Fund, the nationally-recognized 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. 

Look for the announcement of the 2013 Leadership in Law honorees in the upcoming issues of Long Island Business News, and join us in congratulating Rick on being selected for this important award!  For more information about the 2013 Leadership in Law award, and a complete list of this year’s winners, visit www.libn.com/leadership-in-law-november.



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