Meet Our Staff
Eck, Collins & Richardson
Our firm has a team of attorneys, paralegals and legal assistants, with over 100 years of combined experience in real estate, timeshare, land trustee, escrow, collections, and foreclosure law. We also work closely with several affiliated businesses to provide a full list of comprehensive services to our clients, across the United States. Between the law firm, title agencies, and trust companies, we serve timeshare clients in 22 states, the United States Virgin Islands and The Bahamas.
Philip W. Richardson
Philip has been the sole shareholder of Eck, Collins & Richardson since acquiring the firm in 2009. Philip is a native of Martinsville, Virginia and graduated from Appalachian State University and the University of Georgia School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and Texas. Prior to acquiring Eck, Collins & Richardson, Philip served as Assistant General Counsel for Starwood Vacation Ownerhsip, Inc. (now Vistana) for 9 years. Before that, Philip served as Associate Legal Counsel to Peppertree Resorts, Ltd. for 7 years.
Daniel C. Zickefoose
Daniel joined the law firm of Eck, Collins & Richardson, PL in 2011 as an Associate Attorney. His practice focuses mainly on timeshare foreclosures. Daniel graduated from The College of William and Mary, where he played on the Men’s Soccer Team, and the University of Richmond School of Law, where he was an Associate Editor of the Richmond Law Review. Daniel is licensed to practice law in South Carolina, Virginia, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Daniel is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia and works primarily out of Eck, Collins & Richardson’s Richmond office.
Director, Title Operations
Doug leads the firm’s team of title, escrow and recovery specialists. He has 20 years of experience in real estate title and financial services. Much of that time focused on the special needs of the timeshare industry and timeshare owners. Doug is a licensed title agent and escrow officer in multiple jurisdictions. Prior to joining the firm, Doug held a variety of management roles, including leading First Title of VA, Inc. as its President. In 2019, First Title of VA merged with Eck, Collins & Richardson. Doug is a native of Richmond, VA.
Francis T. Eck
Principal (1944-2011) Francis T. Eck began practicing law in 1969 in Richmond, Virginia. He is a graduate of Villanova University and The University of Richmond School of Law. Mr. Eck’s work for the resort industry, including timesharing, campgrounds, travel clubs, fractionals, and second home communities has spanned over 30 years. He works to represent developers, owners’ associations and individual timeshare owners in a broad range of services comprising the preparation and recording of a deed to a full closing with title search, escrow services, and certification of title for title insurance.
Thomas P. Collins
Retired Thomas began practicing law in 1977, after graduating from the University of Richmond School of Law. For the past 25 years, Mr. Collins focused specifically on criminal law and complex civil litigation. He has obtained death penalty trial qualifications, and has successfully tried these death cases in both state and federal court. Because of his exceptional competency in a broad array of case law, Mr. Collins represents many local lawyers in need of his services.