History

The history of us.

Travel with us as we share our firm's storied history, relayed through the lens of the late Morton H. Collins, founder of Collins Einhorn Farrell PC.

Morton H. Collins
1958
Our founder, Mort Collins, graduated from Wayne State Law School
1969
After a series of associations with other lawyers, Mort moved to Southfield and founded his first solo firm located in the American Savings Building on 10 Mile. It was there that he began establishing his insurance defense practice.
1971
As the business grew, Mort found additional attorney support. While defending a case, Mort was impressed by the opposing counsel, Brian Einhorn. After the lawsuit was resolved, Mort invited Brian to join him in practice (with the hope that he could afford to pay him).
1971
Mort and Brian hired their first secretary and paralegal, Jan Fuhrman. We are proud to say that Jan spent her entire career with the firm and retired in 2020.
1972
Collins Einhorn began making a name for itself in the realm of auto defense and subrogation. At that time, Mort also had a number of plaintiff personal-injury cases, including what was considered, at that time to be the largest wrongful-death verdict in Oakland County.
1973
Mort and Brian welcomed Clay Farrell on board. Collins Einhorn Farrell began to increase its auto business significantly and also started to receive professional-liability cases.
1978
The firm's asbestos practice began to accelerate rapidly, and Clay Farrell took over the management of that practice. Mort often said that no one predicted that this niche would ultimately turn into a powerhouse practice area for the firm.
1979
Collins Einhorn Farrell expanded to our present location at the Southfield Town Center.
1980s
In 1980, the firm's largest client sold its casualty business. Collins Einhorn Farrell pressed on, diligently working for our existing clients. Soon after, no-fault law brought a whole new dynamic to the firm.
1990s
In the mid-'90s, we developed a business litigation practice with many prestigious clients. CEF grew from the technical dark ages to utilizing the most sophisticated legal technology available; this allowed us to handle document-intensive matters as well as cases requiring marshaling of personnel for discovery purposes.
2009
Neil MacCallum and Mike Sullivan became the firm's co-managing shareholders, diligently leading the firm for ten years. Mike and Neil ushered in a new generation of attorneys, providing leadership that propelled the firm to where it is today. During this time, Mike also served as the Oakland County Bar president.
2012
Brian Einhorn served as the 79th president of the State Bar of Michigan. This prestigious position involved leading an organization of over 43,000 members in their efforts to improve the administration of justice, promote the legal profession, and build public understanding of our legal system.
2019
The firm ushered in its third generation of firm leadership. Dan Collins and Theresa Asoklis took the helm, becoming the firm's co-managing shareholders. Together they are continuing to build on the firm's long track record of success and exceptional client service.
Today
Since moving to our Town Center location, the firm has expanded five times. Initially in a 2,500 square foot space, we now occupy approximately 30,000 square feet, covering the 9th and 10th floor entirely.
Today
From the inception of the firm, the wellbeing of our staff has always been a priority. Fostering a culture of mutual respect has resulted in extremely low employee turnover. Over time our staff has grown to over 120 team members that focus on personal injury defense, professional liability, appellate, insurance coverage, and asbestos.
Today
We are proud to have retained many of the clients who initially formed our client base. The firm has handled many high profile cases that have solidified our tradition of excellence, translating into exceptional results for our clients.
Today
No history would be complete without noting that in our nearly 50-year history, we have endeavored to employ top-notch personnel in all positions. The firm prides itself on preserving a management style that maximizes our collective talents.
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