Our firm began as a solo practice in Hazard, Kentucky in the 1940's when its founder, Alva A. Hollon, Sr. opened his law practice in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. In his early practice, Alva A. Hollon, Sr. concentrated on insurance defense work, workers' compensation practice and criminal defense work. In 1966, Mr. Hollon's son, Leon L. Hollon, joined his practice and the firm of Hollon & Hollon was conceived. In 1974, Alva A. Hollon, Jr. joined the firm, and the firm rapidly developed an extensive administrative practice in Social Security disability law and federal and state black lung and workers compensation practice. Leon L. Hollon's practice branched in the 1970's to the area of mineral and corporate law, providing service to a number of publicly held and privately owned coal companies in the Kentucky coal fields.
In the early 1980's Alva A. Hollon, Jr. became Commonwealth Attorney for Perry County and was responsible for the prosecution of criminal cases the Perry Circuit Court. In 1982, Paul R. Collins and Nancy M. Collins became associated with the firm and later became partners in the practice. Since their arrival at the firm, Paul R. Collins has concentrated his practice in the areas of commercial and corporate law, banking, municipal law and litigation, while Nancy M. Collins has developed a personal injury practice in products liability, medical malpractice and automobile accident cases while also maintaining an extensive practice in domestic relations and family law as well as general civil practice.
Leon L. Hollon was elected in 1989 to the position of President of Peoples Bank & Trust Company of Hazard, a full-time post from which he recently retired. He remains “Of counsel” to the firm. Alva A. Hollon, Jr. departed in 1994 to concentrate his practice in the handling of FELA cases with another firm based in the state of Florida. Alva A. Hollon, Sr. continued to practice actively with the firm until the mid-1990's, serving as District Court Trial Commissioner for Perry County. He passed away in 1998 after more than 50 years of practicing law in Hazard.
Paul R. Collins
Attorney at LawPaul R. Collins was admitted to the Kentucky bar in 1978 and is admitted to practice before the bar of the Federal Courts in the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Court of Claims. He is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University (A.B. Political Science with high distinction in1975), and Harvard Law School (J.D. 1978). He has been AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings service for the past ten years, and he was selected as one of Kentucky’s “Top Rated Lawyers” in 2012, a 2013 “Top Rated Lawyer in Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources” and a 2013 “Top Rated Lawyer in Banking and Finance Law.” Areas of Practice: Mineral Law, Banking Law, Municipal Law, Transactional Law, Corporations, Civil Litigation and Real Estate.
Nancy Marksberry Collins
Attorney at LawNancy Marksberry Collins was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, but has been a resident of Eastern Kentucky for most of her life. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky in 1975 with a B.H.S. degree in Medical Technology and in 1978 from its school of law with her Juris Doctor degree. Since May, 1982, she worked as an Associate Attorney at Hollon, Hollon & Hollon, and later became a partner of Hollon & Collins. She has represented clients in Circuit and District Courts and before Administrative Law Judges throughout Southeastern Kentucky, as well as the Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Board, Kentucky Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. She is also admitted to practice before the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Areas of Practice: Personal Injury, Car Wrecks, Wrongful Death, Workers’ Compensation, Medical Negligence, Products Liability and Domestic Relations and Family. Law