J. Collin Spring

Burke Bogdanowicz PLLC

by Ashley Miller

The Dallas Association of Young Lawyers is excited to announce J. Collin Spring as this month’s One to Watch!

Every month, the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (“DAYL”) carefully selects one attorney from its extensive membership to be recognized and prominently featured as the “One to Watch.”  This distinguished acknowledgement serves as a testament to the recipient’s exceptional contributions to DAYL and sets them apart as a promising leader within the legal community. J. Collin Spring (“Jay”) unquestionably embodies these values.

Jay is an associate at Burke Bogdanowicz PLLC where he handles litigation matters ranging from business, finance, banking, professional liability, and tax. He is licensed to practice in Texas and Louisiana. Prior to joining Burke Bogdanowicz, Jay practiced commercial litigation at Quilling, Selander, Lownds, Winslett & Moser, P.C., and tax litigation at Ryan Law Firm, PLLC.

Jay graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama.  He subsequently received his Juris Doctorate from SMU Dedman School of Law, graduating magna cum laude and earning membership in both the Order of the Coif and the Order of Barristers. While in law school, Jay served on SMU Law Review and the Board of Advocates, as well as participated in various mock trial and moot court competitions.

As an attorney, Jay has garnered significant recognition and accolades for his exemplary commitment to the legal field. His achievements include being honored as a Texas Rising Star in Super Lawyers, receiving the esteemed Stephen G. Condos Award for Outstanding New Member from the State Bar of Texas/Texas Bar College, and most recently, earning DAYL’s President’s Award with Distinction. Jay publishes frequently and is regularly invited to speak at law schools, bar association meetings, and seminars across the state on issues ranging from legal ethics to civil procedure to attorney wellness.

Jay is an Adjunct Lecturer at the SMU Dedman School of Law, where he serves as lead coach for one of the school’s “prestige” mock trial teams. Last semester, Jay’s students took home the national championship at the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Mock Trial Competition. For his commitment to SMU, he was named by the University in 2023 as one of its initial class of Advocacy Fellows.

Jay is also actively involved in bar service. He currently serves as the Co-Vice Chair of Publications Committee for the Dallas Bar Association where he routinely authors substantive and profile articles for Headnotes. Jay is also the Co-Chair for DAYL’s CLE and Wellness Committees. His involvement in these committees led him to develop a new CLE series “It’s OK Not to be OK”, which focuses on and highlights mental health and wellness issues among practicing young attorneys. He is a member of the Bolton Ball Committee, the Equal Access to Justice Committee, and DAYL’s 2023 Leadership Class, where he serves as Secretary.

Prior to attending law school, Jay studied at La Scuola Internazionale dell’Attore Comico in Reggio Emilia, Italy, where he received a Diploma with Distinction in Comedy. When Jay is not working or clowning around, he enjoys fishing out in East Texas, cooking, and trying new restaurants around town.

Jay consistently exhibits outstanding service to the legal community and demonstrates unwavering excellence in all his pursuits. It is no wonder why he is this month’s One to Watch. Congratulations, Jay!