John Collins


Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 1975, with honors; Texas Law Review, 1973-1975

B.A., Duke University, 1972, with honors





John Collins has more than 40 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, D Magazine Partners (2010-2015); a Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters (2003-2016); and he is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., in Employee Benefits Law and Trusts and Estates (2005-2017). 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


Super Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Maintains Solid Showing on 2016 Texas Super Lawyers

Texas Super Lawyers has again recognized Haynes and Boone in its annual award listings, highlighting 61 firm lawyers, with three celebrating 10 years on the list.

Published by Thomson Reuters, September 2016

Benefits Blog

Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

The Practical Benefits Lawyer

Haynes and Boone Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation lawyers produce the Practical Benefits Lawyer blog to keep you informed on current issues.


Best Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Featured in Best Lawyers in America 2017

Best Lawyers in America, an annual referral guide listing outstanding lawyers throughout the U.S., has recognized 108 Haynes and Boone lawyers across more than 50 practice areas in the 2017 edition.

Published by Woodward/White, Inc., August 2017

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.


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