With an extensive legal background spanning nearly two decades, Jamie Collins has worked for several high-profile trial lawyers and honed her skills to earn herself a reputation as a savvy litigation and trial paralegal. She currently assists Shartzer Law Firm in effectively litigating personal injury and wrongful death cases from inception through trial. She has worked alongside the firm’s founding attorney, Jason A. Shartzer, for more than a decade, across multiple firms.
Jamie has worked on a variety of diverse cases, ranging from those involving asbestos victims and the seriously injured throughout the State of Indiana, to complex class actions and multi-district litigation, including a case which sought to hold foreign individuals and entities accountable for the terrorist attacks on 9-11. She has also worked in the areas of general litigation, real estate, business law, asbestos, medical malpractice and employment law, although she is quick to admit her favorite areas of law remain wrongful death and personal injury work. She has a tremendous passion for trial work and actively assists with all aspects of witness preparation, jury selection, and trial. She acts as a liaison to her firm’s clients throughout the entire litigation process.
Mrs. Collins takes an active role in the legal community through several professional affiliations. She is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association (IBA), paralegal member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), member of the National Federal of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) and a Voting Member of the Indiana Paralegal Association (IPA). She also sits on the advisory board of the paralegal program at Indiana University Purdue University – Indianapolis (IUPUI), in addition to serving as the President of that board. She also did a 2 year stint on NFPA’s Ethics Board, in addition to speaking on paralegal panels at Marian University. As a seasoned professional, Mrs. Collins has worked as a paralegal subject-matter expert to provide valuable information and insight for the advancement of paralegal education.
Jamie received her associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies from Ivy Tech Community College in 2003, and continues to further her educational endeavors in the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana. She writes a litigation column for KNOW: The Magazine for Paralegals. She is also a guest contributor to several mainstream paralegal publications, including: About.com – Legal Careers (A New York Times Company), Paralegal Today, Facts & Findings, and National Paralegal Reporter, in addition to having her articles featured in paralegal association newsletters all across the country on a regular basis.
In 2012, Ms. Collins was awarded Indiana’s new member “Paralegal of the Year” Award by the Indiana Paralegal Association. She has been featured several times on About.com – legal careers (A New York Times Company) as both, a litigation paralegal and the Founder of The Paralegal Society. To date, she has penned over 100 articles geared toward paralegals. Perhaps her greatest professional accomplishment to date was her creation of The Paralegal Society, a social forum to educate, motivate, and inspire paralegals. The forum quickly gained traction and garnered mainstream popularity to become one of the leading paralegal blogs in the country.
Marian University, Indianapolis, IN, 2003 – present
Working toward completion of Bachelor’s Degree
Ivy Tech State College, 2003
Associate of Applied Science
National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc., Member
American Association for Justice, Paralegal Member
Indiana Paralegal Association, Inc., Voting Member
Indianapolis Bar Association, Paralegal Member
NFPA – Ethics Board, 2011-2013, Member
IUPUI – Paralegal Program Advisory Board, President
Marian University, Paralegal Panelist