John Marshall Collins, Attorney
John Marshall Collins, P.C.
50 W. San Fernando St., #400
San Jose, California 95113      
Phone (408) 287-9001
Fax     (408) 852-0309
Laurel M. Carter
Legal Assistant

      I was born a little old lady... so family members and friends tell me. Born and raised in Redwood City, except for a short time in Germany (that is a short story in and of itself), I have spent my life in the Bay Area. Quite frankly, it's hard for me to imagine living anywhere else.

      I attended Sequoia High School in Redwood City where I graduated with honors. A natural student, I loved being at school. A member of the Future Business Leader of America, I took to all my business classes like a Parliamentarian takes to Robert's Rules of Order. I guess that set the tone for what was to come later in life.

      Unsure of what I wanted to do when I graduated from high school, I took college classes in subjects ranging from veterinary medicine to dance. Eventually I settled on a Court Reporting program. I worked steadily through the Court Reporting classes until the time that we were required to observe a murder trial. I realized then that I would never make it as a Court Reporter because I knew that I would never be able to keep my mouth shut. So, I took a Legal Secretary course that was being offered. I wish that I could say "and the rest is history" but alas, no one wanted to hire a Legal Secretary with just a certificate and no legal office experience. Until I met John Collins that is.

      After five years of working with John, the joke still is that John hired me away from his best friend. I was working as an Office Assistant in a property management office that was run by John's good friend, when his long-time Office Manager/Legal Secretary decided to leave the Bay Area for the shores of Lake Tahoe. When that happened, he joked with his friend that he was going to steal me away from her, and, I can say it now, the rest is history.

      In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my almost 17 year old son, when he lets me that is. I have been a single mother for 14 years now. It's the hardest thing that I have done in my life and the best. I have been living with my "other" (I haven't decided whether he is significant or not but don't tell him that) for about two years. My "other" was my nemesis in high school, but quickly became my best friend when we reunited after our 20 year class reunion.

      I like bike riding (I didn't say that I do it, just that I like it), reading romance novels, seeing romantic comedies (is there a theme here?) hiking, spending time with friends and family, and cooking (I can too do more than boil water!).

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