As a lawyer, the author Harold Collins has been writing for over 50 years, but always for a client.  His first book was a professional complement to his law practice.  This new project started as a love letter to his deceased wife Marilyn.  In this sense he is still writing for another person.  As it evolved, the book also became a thank you for family, friends and a new love who has made his life so enjoyable, and helped bring this new life from barely bearable to joyful.  True to his character as a counselor, the end product is intended for others who must face their own mortality and that of their loved ones.


  • Born November 25, 1936
  • Married to Marilyn A. Collins (deceased) for 52 years, three children and nine grandchildren
  • Flossmoor, Illinois resident for 48 years; other current residences in Chicago, IL and Scottsdale, AZ


  • University of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana (Law School), L.L.B., 1961
  • University of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana (Business School), B.S., 1958


  • Licensed by the Supreme Courts of the United States and Illinois and all subordinate Federal and Illinois Courts
  • Life Member – Chicago Bar Association


  • 2015 Author, “A Widower’s Journey In Faith, Love & Good Humor”
  • Author, “Rich and Judgment Proof” (a book on estate and financial planning concepts for high risk business and professional persons)
  • Life Member – University of Illinois President’s Counsel and Illinois Connection
  • Honorary Member – “I” Men’s Association of University of Illinois
  • Member – Olympia Fields Country Club (42 years),


  • 1961 – 1962: Trust Department, American National Bank, Chicago,
    Illinois – Banking, Corporation Finance and Securities Underwriting
  • 1963 – 1967: Associate Attorney, Jurco, Damisch & Sinson, Chicago, Illinois –
    General Law Practice
  • 1967 – 1970: Second Vice-President, The Northern Trust Company, Chicago,
    Illinois – Estate and Financial Planning for high net worth individuals
  • 1970 – 1973: Partner, Jurco & Collins, Chicago, Illinois
    General Law Practice
  • 1973 – 2006: Harold E. Collins & Associates, Ltd.,
    Chicago, Illinois – General Law Practice
  • 1985 – Present: President, Dearborn Financial Services Corp., Chicago, Illinois –
    Venture Capital, Merchant Banking, Management Consulting and Publishing
    (Company owned by Collins family)
  • 1990 – 2009: Managing Partner, Collins & Collins, Chicago, Illinois – General Law Practice
    with sons Michael R. Collins and John P. Collins.
  • 2009 – Present: Of Counsel with Collins & Collins


  • 1958 – 1964: First Lieutenant, Finance Corps, Illinois Army National Guard.
  • 1965 – 1968: Chairman, Zoning Board of Appeals, Hazel Crest, Illinois.
  • 1970 – 1976: Instructor of Commercial Law and Negotiable Instruments for
    American Institute of Banking, Thornton Community College,
    Harvey, Illinois.
  • 1970 – 1974: Director, Secretary, Majority Shareholder and General Counsel,
    State Savings and Loan Association, Cicero, Illinois – Sold to
    Crawford Savings & Loan Association in 1974.
  • 1971 – 1973: Director and Corporate Counsel, Kropp Forge Co., Chicago, Illinois
    (a public company manufacturing forgings, castings and metal finishing).
  • 1975 – 1982: Director, Majority Shareholder, Chairman of Executive Committee
    and General Counsel, Antioch Savings & Loan Association, Antioch, Illinois
    – Sold to Central National Bank in 1982.
  • 1977 – 1987: Secretary and General Counsel, A. J. Saric Engineers, Inc., Chicago,
    Illinois (Professional Engineering).
  • 1978 – 1982: Director, Majority Shareholder, Chairman of the Board, President
    and General Counsel, Bank of Hillside – Sold to Central National Bank in 1982.
  • 1981 – 1982: Director, General Counsel and Majority Shareholder, Antioch Trust Company
    (Organized Independent Community Trust Company).
  • 1981 – Present: Director and Corporate Counsel, Cook-Illinois Corp., Oak Brook, Illinois
    (School Bus Company and Napa Valley winery business).
  • 1982 – 1992: Consultant and Corporate Counsel, Becky Bisioulis, Inc., Chicago,Illinois
    (Couture Women’s Wear Design and Manufacturer).
  • 1984 – 1988: Secretary and Corporate Counsel, Exzel Systems, Inc., Chicago, Illinois
    (Chemical Manufacturing and Sales).
  • 1985 – 1992: President and Director, Urologic Surgical Devices Corp., Chicago, Illinois
    (Design and Development of Medical Instruments for Prostate Cancer Treatment).
  • 1986 – Present: Majority Investor, Director and Corporate Counsel,
    North Shore & Central Illinois Freight Co., Summit, Illinois (Trucking) (Michael R. Collins is President and Director).
  • 1987 – 1988: Investor, Vice President and Director, ECS International, Ltd., Chicago, Illinois
    (Solar Energy Remote Control Emergency Courtesy Signals)
    – Sold in 1988.
  • 1987 – 1988: Partner and General Counsel of Solid Fill, Inc.
    in the procurement, zoning, licensing and sale of 200 acres to Waste Management, Inc.
    as sanitary landfill in Gary, Indiana.
  • 1990 – 2004: Managing General Partner, Hawthorn Lithotripter Partners
    (Mobile Lithotripter placed in service by 25 urologists at 12 hospitals).
    Sold in 2004.
  • 1993 – 1994: Director and Corporate Counsel, American Health Care Providers, Inc.
    (HMO and Managed Health Care Company).
  • 1993 – 1998: Investor, Director, General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer,
    Physicians Management of Indiana, Inc.
    (medical real estate properties, Munster, Indiana).
  • 1993 – 2006: Investor, Director, General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer,
    Illiana Surgery and Medical Center, L.L.C.
    (Surgical Hospital, Surgery Centers, Rehab and Physician Practice Systems, Munster, Indiana).
    Sold in 2006.
  • 1994 – 2004: Managing General Partner and Investor, Osteoporosis Clinics of America, L.P.
    (Mobile Bone Densitometry and Calcium Pills).
      Liquidated in 2004.
  • 1997 – 2005: Managing General Partner and Investor, BPH Partners – I, L.P.
    (Mobile Prostatron for Treatment of Benign Prostate Hypertrophy).
    Sold in 2005.
  • 2003 – 2006: Secretary and Board Member, Women’s Wellness Center, P.C.
    Sold in 2006 (Nine member OB/GYN medical practice).
  • 2003 – Present: Investor, Director and General Counsel, Justice Med-Surg, Inc. (Surgery Center).
  • 2003 – 2006: Investor, Director and General Counsel, 81st & Kean Building, L.L.C.
    (Medical Office Building and Management Services).  Sold in 2006.
  • 2007 – Present: Corporate Counsel – Broadwest Specialty Surgical Center, LLC.

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