Gregory H. Collins

Partner

Pragmatic in his approach to solving problems, Greg is trusted by clients for his direct, concise and common sense perspective. It serves him well in a practice representing individuals and companies in matters of catastrophic injury, wrongful death, insurance coverage and bad faith.

Quietly competitive, Greg grew up in rural Newbury, Ohio. He enjoys relating to people; and believes that more is accomplished by actively listening to his clients. When he is not working, Greg enjoys sports of all kinds, sailboat racing, snowboarding, biking, swimming, music, and reading.

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Representative Cases

  • Beshara, Exr. v. Schindler; ATD Corporation
    Case No. 94-1424 (1995) (Supreme Court of Ohio)
    A premises owner has no duty to warn motorists about the inherently dangerous configuration of its property and thereby prevent the motorists’ negligent acts..
  • Sharon A. Hahn, et al. v. Lawrence L. Scully, et al.
    Case No. 90CA004789 (1990) (Court of Appeals of Ohio, 9th District)
    Victim leaving an accident scene to call her for help and falling though the floor of a nearby home was not foreseeable.
  • Landmark Insurance Company v. Cincinnati Insurance Company, et al.Case No. 2000-P-0093 (2001) (Court of Appeals of Ohio, 11th District)
    Holding an insurer – by settling the underlying action and relieving other insurance companies of liability – was acting as a volunteer, was not entitled to contribution.
  • Darrell Fraley v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance CompanyCase No. CV-13-805820 (2014) (Court of Common Pleas, Cuyahoga County
    “Make Whole Doctrine” and “Common Fund Doctrine” were not applicable where, by settling injury claims and releasing the at-fault party, without the prior knowledge and consent of his own insurer, the insured had interfered with the subrogation rights of its insurer.
  • Carol Farris v. State Farm Insurance CompanyCase No. 1:07-CV-2477 (2008) (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio)
    The right to reimbursement is distinct from any right to subrogation and may be exercised by the insurer by means of administrative set-off against a later settlement payable to its insured. No basis in policy or law for requiring the insurer to permit the insured to collect the settlement before seeking reimbursement.
  • Theodore G. Hannemann v. State Farm Insurance CompaniesCase No. 1:07-CV-2712 (2008) (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio)
    A personal liability umbrella policy’s definition of “Required Underlying Insurance Policies” could not be reasonably interpreted as referring to the umbrella policy itself.
  • Avanesyan, et al. v. King, et al.Case No. 22325 (2005) (Court of Appeals of Ohio, 9th District)
    A construction company could not have reasonably foreseen that a driver would fail to yield to a red light when the alleged negligence of the construction company in no way hindered the view of that traffic light.
  • Ruth G. Hunsucker v. Jon D. Sharpless, et al.Case No. 19493 (2000) (Court of Appeals of Ohio, 9th District)
    A car-owner’s liability will not extend to acts of the entrustee of an entrustee, absent proof third-party was actually operating the vehicle within the scope of permission and authority granted by the owner.

Education & Memberships

  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1988
  • B.A., Hiram College, 1985

Memberships:
Ohio State Bar Association
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Akron Bar Association
Defense Research Institute, Past Ohio Liaison for Bad Faith Committee
Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys

Admission:
Ohio, 1988
United States District Court Northern and Southern District
United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit

Leadership & Service:
Kiwanis Basketball

Awards & Recognitions

  • 2009 Golden Gavel Recipient, Westfield Insurance Company
  • American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Equitable Remedies

Contact Info

Greg H. Collins, Partner

520 S. Main Street, Suite 2551
Akron, Ohio 44311

234-231-1630

gcollins@cruglaw.com