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Collins, Kevin D.
Kevin D. Collins
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Kevin is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney from the Eastern District of Texas. He is a trial lawyer and has experience trying cases to jury verdict in state and federal court.

He also assists companies responding to government investigations after major industrial accidents and chemical releases in the energy and chemical sectors. Kevin has experience responding to investigations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Chemical Safety Board (CSB), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), California regulatory authorities, and state and federal prosecutors.

Kevin was one of the key lawyers supporting the work of the BP U.S. Refineries Independent Safety Review Panel, which investigated the safety culture and corporate oversight of BP’s North American refineries on behalf of a panel of experts chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III. As a result of that experience, Kevin often advises chemical and energy companies on methods for assessing and improving safety culture in their plants and refineries. He also advises on broader issues related to safety culture such as effective process-safety management.

Kevin serves as an adjunct professor for The University of Texas School of Law Trial Advocacy Program.

Publications and Speeches

“Lessons Learned from the PG&E Trial,” Austin Bar Association Environmental Law Section, December 1, 2016. 

Presenter, “The Criminalization of Process Safety,” Chicagoland Safety, Health, & Environment Conference, Chicago, September 21, 2016.

Speaker, “Criminalization of Process Safety Incidents,” 29th Annual Environmental, Health & Safety Seminar Sponsored by Texas Chemistry Council (TCC) and Association of Chemical Industry of Texas (ACITS), Galveston, Texas, June 6, 2016

Co-author, “The Criminalization of Process Safety,” Inside Counsel, March 15, 2016

Speaker, "Major Accident Response," 26th Annual Texas/Louisiana EHS Seminar Sponsored by Texas Chemistry Council (TCC) and Association of Chemical Industry of Texas (ACITS), Galveston, Texas, June 3-6, 2013

Panelist, "How is Environmental & Safety Regulation of the Oil & Gas Industry Evolving?," 65th Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference, Houston, Texas, February 19-20, 2014

Panelist, "What to Expect in the Event of an Oil Spill or Other Significant Offshore Incident or Catastrophe," Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Federal Offshore Regulatory Enforcement Conference, Houston, Texas, January 20-21, 2016

“Incident Response: E-Discovery in Government Investigations,” AU-CLE Webinar, July 30, 2014.


J.D., with honors, The University of Texas School of Law, 2005
B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1993

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas


American Bar Association, Section of Environment Energy and Resources, Environmental Enforcement and Crimes, Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Committees
Eastern District of Texas Anti-Terrorism Advisory Task Force
Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow


Legalease, The Legal 500 United States, Environment: Litigation, 2016; Environment: Regulatory, 2016