Author, Entrepreneur, and Epicurean
The London-based publication Citytech called him an “outstanding individual and visionary” when M. Thomas (Tom) Collins was named as one of the Top 100 Global Tech Leaders. Tom is also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the US publication Law Technology News for his contribution to the use of technology in the legal community. Although now retired from the commercial world, he continues to write and speak on leadership as well as managing for excellence and pen his series of Mark Rollins adventure mysteries.
Tom Collins earned his Master's Degree from the University of Alabama in 1965 and began his career as a CPA with Price Waterhouse (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers). He left Price Waterhouse in 1968 to pursue the emerging business opportunity that followed IBM's consent decree allowing the use of IBM computers for the purpose of providing services. It was the birth of the information technology industry. After serving as one of the principals of Compass, Inc., and then Vice President of NLT Computer Services, he joined with four associates to found the public company Endata, Inc. Collins began Juris, Inc. in March 1986. When Juris was purchased by LexisNexis, it had become the leading U.S. provider of financial and business information systems for multi-partner law firms.