After failed Senate bid, Doug Collins joins Clarkesville law firm

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CLARKESVILLE — Former Congressman Doug Collins, who finished behind Raphael Warnock in November’s jungle primary for the U.S. Senate, has joined a law firm in Clarkesville.

Collins, who represented the Ninth Congressional District of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives, today announced that he has joined the law firm of Oliver & Weidner LLC, where he will specialize in civil and criminal litigation.

“I’m thrilled to announce that I have joined Oliver & Weidner,” said Collins. “Bill and Jim have long been friends and are well respected for the service they provide to families and businesses here in our community. North Georgia will always be home for me, which is why I’m especially thankful for the opportunity to return to practicing law right here in Clarkesville.”

“We are very excited that Doug joined our firm,” said managing member, Jim Weidner. “I’ve known Doug for over 25 years, he is a quality individual. He is an excellent advocate; his honesty and integrity are rock solid; and his work ethic is extraordinary. Our clients will be well served by Doug’s representation of them,” Mr. Weidner added.

In 2006, Collins was elected to serve as Congressman for Georgia’s 27th State House District. During his first term in the state legislature, he graduated from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and established his own legal practice.

After the people of North Georgia elected him to serve as Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, Collins joined the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary, where he eventually became the Ranking Member of the Committee in 2019. Often referred to as the “lawyer” for the House of Representatives, the House Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over all legislation related to judicial proceedings, including civil and criminal judicial proceedings, Federal courts and judges, issues relating to bankruptcy, espionage, terrorism, the protection of civil liberties, constitutional amendments, immigration and naturalization, interstate compacts, claims against the United States, national penitentiaries, Presidential succession, antitrust law, revision and codification of the statutes of the United States, state and territorial boundary lines and patents, copyrights and trademarks, and more.

As the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, Collins led the defense of President Donald Trump during the House impeachment proceedings in 2019, and also served on the President’s defense team during the Senate trial in 2020.

Trump has said in the past he would like to see Collins challenge Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in the primary election next year.

A chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, Collins has ministered to the country’s military since 2002. He completed a 2008-2009 deployment to Iraq while stationed at Balad Air Force Base. As a Lieutenant Colonel, Collins remains active in the Air Force Reserve today.’