Mr. Collins has over 20 years’ experience representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law and workplace related disputes. He has successfully litigated single- and multi-plaintiff disputes involving employment contracts and policies, restrictive covenants, employment discrimination, and wage and hour claims in both federal and state trial courts and argued successful appeals before federal and state appellate courts. He regularly defends employers in investigations by and hearings before federal and state departments of labor and human rights agencies.
A significant part of Mr. Collins's practice is devoted to traditional labor law. He represents management clients in collective bargaining, labor arbitrations, NLRB investigations and trials, injunction actions, union organizing campaigns, strikes and illegal picketing activity, prevailing wages and claims by Taft-Hartley fringe benefits funds. He is co-author of the Employer’s Guide to Union Organizing Campaigns (2012 edition), the preeminent treatise on the subject.
Mr. Collins regularly counsels and advises employers regarding investigations of employee misconduct, terminations, plant closings and layoffs, employment policies and handbooks, and related workplace issues.
Mr. Collins is a frequent speaker at seminars and webinars for attorneys and human resources professionals on a variety of topics, including hiring and firing, conducting effective investigations, Fair Labor Standards Act and WARN Act compliance, union organizing campaigns, and union and non-union employer obligations under the National Labor Relations Act.
Mr. Collins has been recognized as a Chambers USA “Leaders in their Field” lawyer for 2013.