Scott J. Collins

New associates: Step one — develop your skills

November 2, 2020

Many of you recently passed the state bar exam and were sworn in to practice law within the last couple of months. Now it is time to start practicing law, implement what you learned in law school and begin to learn from your colleagues how to be a lawyer in the real world. Some of you may be looking for advice on how to proceed following your law school experience. I was in your shoes one year ago and will now impart some of the “knowledge” I have learned in my first year as a lawyer. It is up to you to decide if what I have learned is helpful to you or if I am full of it.

Develop a solid foundation

It is tempting to want to hit the ground running. Many lawyers want to try the biggest cases and to leave their mark on the profession. However, in order to do so, you need to develop a solid foundation of skills. In every area of the law, there are steps you must take to develop those skills. My advice is to learn what they are and become proficient in each no matter how rudimentary. Learn how to use a calendar, how to file a document with the court, how best to communicate with partners and clients, and how to work well with others in your firm including the paralegals, staff and assistants. Do not shy away from difficult work or hide from a partner with a reputation for being tough to work for. If there are partners at your firm willing to teach you, be grateful and learn as much as you can from their experiences. I believe the best way for anyone to learn is to do — make sure to gather as much work as possible. Working on a variety of matters will provide you with real-world legal experience and exposure to clients, helping you build your client service skills.

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What I Learned In My 7 Months of Practice

May 27, 2020

At the time I sit down to write this article, I have been a practicing attorney for a whole seven months. I have learned a lot in this time and want to share some tips that have been helpful to me. Do I recommend you at least consider them? Sure, but as with most everything in life, everyone needs to decide what works best for them. So without further ado, here are my top tips for new attorneys just starting out.

Develop your craft

Often, attorneys want to hit the ground running right out of law school and acquire as many clients as fast as they can. This sometimes includes getting involved in as many groups as you can fit into your schedule. While these are all good things to start developing immediately, the first and most important thing you want to accomplish is becoming a great lawyer. Do not get me wrong, I do not think I have accomplished this in a mere seven months, nor do I think anyone can; the learning curve is just too high. However, it is important to start developing the skills and habits necessary to develop your craft. If you work to obtain the largest client base possible before you actually know what you are doing, you are doing a disservice to your clients and yourself, and you probably won’t have any repeat clients once they figure out you aren’t a great lawyer yet.

There are several things you can do to help develop your skills:

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Scott J. Collins Joins The Villages of Indiana Young Professionals Advisory Board

February 19, 2020

Woodard Emhardt is pleased to announce Scott J. Collins membership in The Villages Young Professional Advisory Board. Mr. Collins joins a group of young professionals dedicated to transforming the lives of vulnerable children in Indiana. YPAB Members from various professional backgrounds learn and contribute to The Villages’ mission by using their skills in Advocacy, Events, Fundraising, Recruitment and Retention and Volunteer Coordination to support the organization as a whole. Committing to at least one full year of service, YPAB Members gain the knowledge and understanding of the child welfare system in Indiana and have the ability to directly impact the lives of the children and families served, statewide, by The Villages.

Mr. Collins concentrates his legal practice on all aspects of patent and trademark prosecution and litigation. Prior to joining Woodard, Mr. Collins gained valuable experience working for a startup software company conducting corporate and intellectual property legal research to determine the how to best protect the company’s IP assets. He also worked for a major pharmaceutical company conducting patent landscaping research and meeting with scientists to determine patentability of their work.

The Firm thanks Mr. Collins and all YAPB Members for their dedication to the children of Indiana.


The Firm Welcomes Scott J. Collins, M.S. Biology  

October 2, 2019

Woodard Emhardt is pleased to announce that Scott J. Collins has joined the Firm as an associate.

Since 2018, Mr. Collins has worked as a law clerk for the firm and will concentrate his practice on all aspects of patent and trademark prosecution and litigation. Prior to joining Woodard, Scott gained valuable experience working for a startup software company conducting corporate and intellectual property legal research to determine the how to best protect the company’s IP assets. He also worked for a major pharmaceutical company conducting patent landscaping research and meeting with scientists to determine patentability of their work. While pursuing his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Biology, Scott was a biology lab instructor and, as an assistant in an ecology and evolution lab, led lab projects and instructed students.

The Firm welcomes Mr. Collins and looks forward to building on Woodard Emhardt’s 140 years of protecting and defending client’s creative and intellectual assets.