Austin John (“A.J.”) Collins brings to Ifrah Law litigation, investigation, regulatory, and compliance experience both as an associate at an Am Law 100 firm and as a trial attorney for a federal government agency.
Prior to joining Ifrah Law, A.J. served with the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Office of Compliance and Field Operations in the Division of Enforcement and Litigation, where he worked on investigations, enforcement, and litigation within the products liability space, with a focus on consumer products regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Act, the Poison Prevention Packaging Act, and the Child Nicotine Poison Prevention Act. A.J. managed inspections, compiled defect reports, conducted consumer and expert interviews, and negotiated product recalls and civil penalties, often in coordination with numerous stakeholders such as compliance officers, technical experts, communications staff, other agencies, and outside counsel.
A.J. also practiced at a large international firm, representing clients in the energy, telecommunications, and manufacturing industries on such complex claims as customs disputes and sanctions, shareholder litigation, and antitrust investigations. He worked with clients facing investigations and disputes before federal agencies like the Department of Justice, as well as on commercial litigation, internal investigations, environmental issues, and international trade matters.
A.J. has a robust pro bono practice: he has represented juvenile asylum clients and high school students seeking vindication of their educational rights, and he assisted the Innocence Project in an investigation into a 20+ year old conviction.
While in law school, A.J. served as the Managing Editor of the Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law and was elected President of his Student Bar Association. Prior to his legal career, he interned for a former United States Congressman and for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration in Pago Pago, American Samoa.
- Virginia (October 2017)
- District of Columbia (November 2018)
- University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. 2017 (President, Student Bar Association; Managing Editor, Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law; Vice President of Finance, Student Legal Forum; Member, Lambda Law Alliance; Hardy Cross Dillard Scholar)
- University of Alabama B.A. 2013, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude