Our Attorneys

Choosing a lawyer to represent you is a very important and personal decision. Browning, Lamie & Collins, P.C. has the following attorneys to assist you with your legal matters:

Larry Grant Browning

Larry was born in Grundy, Virginia and is a graduate of Grundy High School. He attended the University of Richmond for both undergraduate and law degrees. He returned to Southwest Virginia in 1972 to begin his law practice in Abingdon, Virginia, with James Russell Moore. He soon opened a Grundy, Virginia office and now exclusively represents Social Security Disability clients from our region. He maintains his office in Rosedale, Virginia, but can also be reached in our Grundy, Virginia, office. Larry was a pioneer in the exclusive practice of social security and administrative law in Southwest Virginia. He has over 40 years of experience appearing before Administrative Law Judges at the Social Security Administration, and takes pride in being an advocate for those needing disability benefits. He maintains a residence in Grundy, Virginia.

John M. Lamie

John was born in Saltville, Virginia. His family moved to Bristol, and he graduated from Bristol Tennessee High School and King College. He attended law school at the University of Tennessee, and after graduation moved to Abingdon, Virginia, to practice law with Browning, Morefield, Schelin and Arrington, which later became Browning, Lamie & Collins. He practices out of the firm’s Abingdon office and see clients at all of the firm’s offices. He handles personal injury, bankruptcy, social security, disability insurance claims, and other civil litigation. His trial experience includes jury and non-jury matters in state, U.S. District and U.S. Bankruptcy courts. He has also argued appellate cases before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Virginia Supreme Court. In 2003, he appeared before the U. S. Supreme Court in the case of Lamie v. U.S. Trustee. His professional service has included two terms on the Board of Directors for the Bankruptcy Section of the Virginia State Bar and as a panel member of the 10th District Ethics Committee. The Supreme Court of Virginia appointed him to the panel of Administrative Hearing Officers in 1983. He served in that role for fifteen years and conducted hearings for the Division of Mines, various boards and other agencies of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Mingkwan Emme Collins

Mingkwan Emme Collins is originally from Southern California. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from East Tennessee State University. She was admitted to the Virginia State Bar after completing the Virginia Law Reader Program in 2010. She is a partner and practicing out of all 3 of our locations, offering both phone and in person appointment options.

Ms. Collins has practiced law in southwest Virginia since 2010 and proudly considers this region her home.  Her areas of practice include workers’ compensation, occupational disease (including black lung), long term disability, personal injury, Virginia Retirement System (VRS) disability, and social security disability. Mingkwan has devoted her career to representing injured workers, along with injured and disabled claimants.

Mingkwan has a very successful track record in evidentiary hearings and settlement mediation. She has had several opinions and cases published by the Court of Appeals of Virginia and Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. In addition to English, Mingkwan also speaks fluent Thai. In her free time, Mingkwan enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, writing, and advocating for human rights.


All of our attorneys are members of the Virginia State Bar. John M. Lamie is a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers’ Association. John J. Gifford serves on the Board of Directors of the Southwest Legal Aid Society.

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Our attorneys are available to serve clients throughout the Southwest Virginia. Call us at 1-800-520-2667 or fill out our contact form to discuss your case.