The London based publication Citytech called him an "outstanding individual and visionary" when M. Thomas (Tom) Collins was named as one of the Top 100 Global Tech Leaders in the legal community. Tom Collins, as he prefers to be called, is also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the U.S. Publication, Law Technology News, for his contribution to the use of technology in the legal community.
Although now retire from the commercial world, he continues to write and speak on the subject of management and pen his Mark Rollins adventure series of mysteries.
Collins completed his undergraduate work at Middle Tennessee State University and later earned his Master's Degree from the University of Alabama He began his career in the mid-1960s as a CPA with Price Waterhouse (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers).
Collins was one of the pioneer entrepreneurs of the information technology industry following IBM's consent decree that opened opportunities to own mainframe computers for the purpose of providing services to others. After serving as one of the principals of Compass, Inc., and then Vice President of NLT Computer Services, he joined with four associates to found the public company Endata, Inc. Endata was later acquired by First Financial Management. He is the founder and former president of Juris, Inc., a leading provider of financial and business information systems for midsized law firms, which was acquired by LexisNexis in 2007. Until his retirement at the end of 2007, he shared his 30 years of experience working with midsized law firms through his award winning law practice management blog.
Among his many industry roles, he is one of the founding members and officers of the consortium organized to implement standards for the electronic exchange of data within the legal community, LEDES, the copyrighted "Legal Electronic Data Exchange Standards." Collins was also the initial founding chairman of the National Association of Legal Vendors and served as a vendor advisor to several legal related associations and for the Legal Tech educational and Expo conferences. As a retiree and a cancer survivor, Collins has now turned his hand to writing adventure mysteries featuring the modern-day superhero Mark Rollins. Rollins amazing abilities are enhanced by technology, extraordinary wealth, and friends in high places. He is the classic white-hat who never shoots first. In addition to their entertainment quality his books address real life business management issues especially as related to the profitable operation of the modern law firm.
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