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About MansfieldCollins
A seasoned professional litigation and defense attorney with over 30 years experience in civil and criminal litigation and defense. Mansfield Collins is certified to practice law in all of the state courts of California and in the United States District Court, Central District, and the United States District Court, District of Arizona. He received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law and was admitted for practice in September, 1982. A former partner at the high profile practice of Collins & Mesereau, LLP where it represented high profile individuals and medical professionals in criminal and civil trials.

Attorney Collins has serve on the legal defense panels of Southern California Edison, the Southern California Rapid Transit District (now the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority) and the Southern California Department of Water and Power. In addition, he served for five years as acting Corporate Counsel to the Commissioner of the California Department of Corporations and has acted as legal counsel to both the NAACP and CORE.

Attorney Collins' devotion to the advancement of civil rights has been a long standing cornerstone of an already successful career within the defense of civil liberties, and considers his appointment as Co-Chairman of the NAACP's annually televised Image Awards program to be an illustrious honor. He has held the position of Vice-President of the Beverly Hills-Holywood Branch of the NAACO. Attorney Collins has served as a member of both the California State Bar Association and the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association for over 25 years as well as the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and the John M. Langston Bar Association of Los Angeles.

Notable cases the office of Mansfield Collins has represented successfully in the past 10 years have included :
The successful prosecution of fraud case against Wells Fargo Holdings and other defendants resulting in the elimination of all charges on a line of credit;
Two dismissals of Medi-Cal Fraud charges in two separate cases after preliminary hearings;
A granted Writ of Mandate in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that resulted in an order reinstating a wrongfully dismissed Assistant Superintendent of Education;
The successful prosecution of a wrongful death case involving hazing that resulted in a substantial settlement for the plaintiff; and
Securing a finding of Contempt against the Inglewood Unified School District of California.
In addition to his long-standing career as legal counsel to numerous municipal boards as well as numerous non-profit and human rights' concerns, Attorney Collins has represented the former president of Motown Records as well as the former Chairman of the Board of Founders Community Bank. His successful representation of a high profile local and community based newspaper assured and promoted the values of free speech.

As a trial lawyer representing clients involved in civil and criminal litigation, Attorney Collins is aware of the need for the thorough and resolutely comprehensive particulars of any case in order to present the singular facts and express them in as unequivocal and precise manner as possible that will best support that case's claim before a judge and jury.

Each piece of evidence must be presented and disputed according to a complicated set of evidence rules, and foreknowledge of the implications of that evidence must be precise. On his days out of court, Attorney Collins takes the personal time to review miscellaneous files, orders and writs, interview witnesses, conduct depositions, personally meet with clients both formally and informally, and prepares motions and opposition documents for court filing. On his court days, he argues motions, meets with judges and opposing counsel, selects juries and argues cases. Many cases ultimately settle before trial. However, the preparation for trial itself can take up to several months and is the best prescription for securing a fair settlement.

In his spare time, Attorney Collins also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of his local church. He is happily married with two adult children and as of 2011, is a proud survivor of male prostate cancer and is active in support leagues dedicated to raising cancer awareness and research. He is available for certain select legal manners on a pro bono basis, subject to his discretion.

In his own words :
"I wanted to become a lawyer, in part, because of my early childhood experience as a preacher's son. Many times, I found myself arguing on behalf of my own religious beliefs, when it simply didn't have to be that way. It shouldn't have had to be that way. I found myself in church every Sunday until I was 18. I simply believed that it was the right thing to do, and couldn't understand why anyone – no matter what their age or excuse – wouldn't want to attend services. I argued many times why it was important to go to church until I realized that other people had their own choices to make in life – that it was a personal choice. Still, one thing I could never stand for was the open use of profanity or using God's name in vain. Namely, because it wasn’t tolerated in my home. I frequently found myself asking how people could stoop so low to that kind of behavior.

When I was in high school, I enjoyed sports. I really liked track and ran several events for my track team - Dorsey High – in Los Angeles. Until I suffered a serious injury, my dream was to make it to the Olympics one day.

My father was a pioneer in the civil rights movement. (Two page letter to Dr. King - click here) One night duing the Los Angeles Watt’s Riots, he found himself unexpectedly saving the life of a white man. I discovered, very early on, how one person – no matter how small - can make a substantial difference for the better of the world. As a result, I found myself arguing for fairness, due process and equal protection. As I grew older I found myself arguing for equal rights, equal opportunity and civil rights for all, regardless of race, gender or economic background. I came to see that diversity was what established this country as the strongest and most precious nation in the world. Like my father, by working together and respecting one another – no matter what that background may be - I came to not just see or believe, but KNOW that our diversity as Americans is what made us stronger and that we could expand the richness and potential of this great American economy as opposed to simply cutting up pieces of a shrinking pie.

On the way to church one Sunday my father stopped our car, jumped out and ran over to breakup two grown men who were fighting in the middle of the street. One of them was bleeding badly. This second act of bravery always stood out for me. Eventually, I noticed a clear leaning and motivation for speaking up and fighting for the out-numbered – the forgotten, the ignored, the overlooked, the under-privileged and the underdog. I never had the sense of being fearful or of being intimidated – far from it! The story of David and Goliath in the Old Testament has always been a personal favorite of mine. It's helped me to see the better side of people and what they're up against, no matter how strenuous the circumstance.

Which isn't to say that I didn't have my experiences of defiance, rebelliousness and experimentation growing up. I did. And at the time, so did many of my peers I may not have been an angel, but I know I was guided by a much higher purpose than mere rebellion. My hair was long and I wore tie dyed jeans... You see, I was maturing back in the late 60's and early 70's. As a result, I particpated in my own share of sit-ins, demonstrations, protests and other social causes at the Univeristy of California. In fact, in my last year of college I served as a student lobbyist for the University of California Student Lobby Progam in Sacramento. One of my great loves is music - of all sorts - from Bach to Rock, and from Motown to Mariachi.

Being an Attorney means, among other things, that I’ve been blessed to come into contact with so many wonderful people from so many different backgrounds, perspectives and cultures. It's that human factor – that undrneath all these layers of differences, of backgrounds, of conflicts, that we're all one and the same – that we're all human beings with strengths as well as weaknessess, virtues as well as errors, pride as well as humility – that ties it all together for me. At heart, I like people - all people. It makes me realize, even after so many years, so much I need to learn – as well as so much of what I need to share.

When it became time for me to get serious about my future, it was my conviction that if I became a lawyer I could fight for the out-numbered, the out-gunned, the under-privileged and the underdog. Since then, it's always been one of my greatest joys and satisfactions that my purpose in life – my main purpose in life – is being able to help people. And while I may have accomplished much in my life, that doesn't mean that I haven't made a mistake or two along the way. That's what makes life – and liberty – the single most greatest blessing we, as human beings, can ever hope to have. And I I still believe that one person, driven by one purpose, can make a difference – no matter how high the odds are stacked against them".
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