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About Rick Collins

Rick Collins, Esq., is a popular personality in the bodybuilding, health, fitness and nutrition communities. A successful lawyer, author, lecturer and magazine columnist, he is a partner in the law firm of Collins, McDonald & Gann, PC, in Mineola, New York. He was formerly a criminal prosecutor, personal trainer and film actor. As an attorney, he has been awarded the highest accolades for legal abilities and ethical standards (AV-rating) from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell directory of lawyers, and he is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. He is admitted to practice in the State courts of New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Texas, and in the District of Columbia, as well as various federal courts.

Rick was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as an undergraduate at Hofstra University. After attending law school on a full academic scholarship and serving on the Law Review, he was admitted to the New York Bar. He served as an assistant district attorney for five years. Rick is a past Editor-in-Chief of the Nassau Lawyer, the journal of the Nassau County Bar Association (over 6,000 members).

Rick is the official legal advisor to the International Federation of BodyBuilders (the IFBB, formed in 1946, currently has 173 affiliated National Federations and is recognized by over 90 National Olympic Committees). He is also General Counsel to the International Society of Sports Nutrition and a member of the Advisory Board of the International Physique Professionals Association.  As a leading advocate for the health and fitness community, he is a believer in preserving the rights of adult Americans to safe dietary supplements.

Rick is a nationally Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS). A former award-winning bodybuilder and co-owner of a personal training business, he has a lifelong dedication to fitness. He has integrated his devotion to strength and health into his hectic professional and personal schedule, and has recently authored a new book to share his insights and motivate others to reach and maintain “true alpha” excellence in an increasingly “beta” world. The definitive guide for men’s inner and outer top fitness, Alpha Male Challenge is published by Rodale, co-authored with James Villepigue, and is in bookstores everywhere and available online at www.alphamalechallenge.com.

As the nation’s foremost legal authority on performance enhancing drugs and supplements, Rick has contributed chapters to two texts on sports nutrition. In the late 1990s, he created the informational resource SteroidLaw.com in order to help bridge the gap between the muscle world and the justice community and he is the author of the definitive legal treatise on anabolic steroids, LEGAL MUSCLE: Anabolics in America. He has written extensively for legal publications including the Criminal Justice Journal of the New York State Bar Association and The Champion, the publication of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He frequently writes for various fitness and bodybuilding publications, and is a monthly columnist for the nationally circulated Muscular Development magazine and a member of their Advisory Board.

Rick has been interviewed as a legal authority in the documentary film “Bigger, Stronger, Faster*” (2008) and on national television talk and news shows, in talk radio interviews and by countless online and print publications, including USA Today, ESPN.com, The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice, the Salt Lake Tribune, Newsday and Reason magazine. His practice and accomplished career have been profiled in periodicals as diverse as the prestigious New York Law Journal and the popular MuscleMag International.

In the past he has worked as a stage and film actor, and he is a member in good standing of the Screen Actors Guild. To learn more about Rick’s law firm, visit www.cmgesq.com. To learn more about Rick, visit www.rickcollins.com.