Krista L.B. Collins

Krista L.B. Collins practices in general civil litigation, including business disputes, contracts, construction law, commercial litigation and foreclosure law. Ms. Collins is passionate about working with her clients to reach the best possible outcome on their behalf. Ms. Collins is a native Floridian, whose family ultimately settled in Southwest Florida. Ms. Collins graduated summa cum laude from Stetson University in 2001, with a double major in history and American studies. She then continued her studies at Stetson University College of Law.

While in law school, Ms. Collins "graded on" to the Stetson Law Review by placing in the top five percent of her class and worked on the Law Review's Publication Committee. As a member of the Stetson Law Review, Ms. Collins wrote her Comment on what was then one of the most significant intellectual property issues: online file-sharing. She presented the Comment, entitled "Winning the Battle and Losing the War: The Recording Industry Association of America's Fight Against File-Sharing," at Stetson's Fall Scholarship Dinner in November 2003. Ms. Collins earned the Book Award in five subjects, and tied for the Book Award in another two, which award is given to the student who earns the highest grade in the course. In her second and third years at Stetson Law, Ms. Collins also worked as a Dean's Fellow, tutoring first-year students in many of the required subjects before graduating cum laude in 2004.

After being admitted to the Florida Bar in 2004, Ms. Collins returned to Southwest Florida and began her practice with the firm of Bill McFarland, P.A., where her practice included real estate and probate law. From 2007 through September 2013, she practiced with the Fort Myers firm of Andrew S. Epstein, P.A., assisting clients with general civil litigation, business disputes, construction law, foreclosure defense and collections. She was an active member of the legal community in Fort Myers as a member of the Lee County Bar Association and served a three-year term as a member of the Calusa Inn of Court. Ms. Collins is admitted to practice before all Florida State Courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida, and has been admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales.

Ms. Collins joined Siegel, Hughes & Ross shortly after relocating to Gainesville in 2013, when her husband took a position at the University of Florida's McKnight Brain Institute. She has enjoyed getting to know the Gainesville area and is a member of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Eighth Judicial Circuit Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Adkins Inn of Court, and Gainesville Area Women's Network.

When not at work, Ms. Collins is an avid reader of spy books and historical fiction, and enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing music, and traveling.