John Collins


John Collins has more than 30 years experience in several areas of tax practice, including estate planning, family wealth planning, charitable organizations, and employee benefits and executive compensation matters. He has been recognized as one of the best trusts and estate lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine (2010-2014, and multiple prior years), a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine (2003-2014), a Five Star Wealth Manager (2009-2013), a top-rated lawyer by ALM and Martindale-Hubbell, and he is listed in the Best Lawyers in America in Employee Benefits Law and Trusts and Estates (2005-2015). John is AV® Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory.

John is a contributor to Haynes and Boone's Practical Benefits Lawyer blog, which discusses issues and developments in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Chair of the Board of Directors, Methodist Health System (Dallas)
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of California

Representative Matters

Selected Client Representations

  • Estate and personal tax planning for individuals and families, including succession planning for closely-held businesses, establishment of charitable trusts and foundations, and family limited partnerships. 
  • Family wealth planning, including the numerous sophisticated strategies to minimize estate, gift and generation skipping transfer taxes. 
  • Representing public charities and private foundations in connection with governance issues, unrelated business taxable income (UBTI), conflicts of interest, and other tax and exemption issues. 
  • Employment agreements, severance agreements, code section 162(m) and golden parachute issues, and incentive bonus plans. 
  • Design and implementation of all types of equity compensation plans, including stock options, restricted stock, ESOPs, qualified employee stock purchase plans, phantom stock, and stock appreciation rights. 
  • Planning transactions involving the use of ESOPs in corporate finance and restructuring, representing and advising fiduciaries, and representing borrowers and lenders in pension plan transactions.


Super Lawyers

Repeat Recognition as 2014 Texas Super Lawyers

Texas Super Lawyers has once again recognized Haynes and Boone in its annual award listing, with seven firm attorneys featured in the Tops of Texas honors.

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