Christopher J. Collins

Special Counsel
New York,  NY  U.S.A.

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  • Labor and Employment
    University University of Notre Dame, B.A., with honors, 1987; Fordham University, M.A., 2008
    Law SchoolGeorge Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors, 1990 Notes Editor, George Washington Law Review
    Admitted1990, New Jersey; New York; U.S. Court of Appeals - Second Circuit; U.S. District Courts - Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

    •New York City Bar Association, LGBT Rights Committee
    •New York State Bar Association
    •LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York



    Christopher Collins is a special counsel in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm's New York office.

    Areas of Practice

    For more than 20 years, Chris has represented management clients in litigation alleging employment discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, as well as cases involving non-compete agreements and compensation disputes. In litigated matters, he has represented clients in a wide range of fields, including financial services, insurance, technology, management consulting, entertainment, media and advertising.

    In addition to court litigation (including jury trials), Chris routinely represents management clients in FINRA arbitrations, before administrative agencies and in mediation.

    Chris also has a substantial advise and counseling practice, partnering with clients on policy design, litigation avoidance strategies, and compliance best practices, including issues involving progressive discipline, disability accommodation and minimizing exposure to retaliation allegations. He also routinely conducts training on a variety of employment law compliance subjects.


    •Represented financial services firm in 2 1/2 week jury trial in case alleging breach of contract and related claims by former employee. Complete jury verdict for defendant (2013).

    Giller v. Oracle USA, Inc., 2012 WL 467323 (S.D.N.Y. 2012), aff’d, 512 Fed. Appx. 71 (2d Cir. 2013), cert. denied, 134 S.Ct. 531, 187 L.Ed.2d 394 (2013). Obtained dismissal of plaintiff’s petition to vacate arbitration award in commission compensation dispute, affirmed by Second Circuit on appeal.

    DiGirolamo v. MetLife Group, Inc., 2011 WL 2421292 (S.D.N.Y. 2011), aff’d, 494 Fed. Appx. 120 (2d Cir. 2012). Obtained summary judgment for client dismissing race, gender, and national origin discrimination claims.

    Lee and Sliger v. MetLife, Inc., N.Y. Supreme Court, Kings Co. (2009). Obtained summary judgment for defendant dismissing contract and fraudulent inducement claims.

    Prudent v. Caspi & Travel Bound, 2004 WL 1907749 (S.D.N.Y. 2004). Obtained dismissal of individual defendant in Title VII case.

    Blum v. New York Stock Exchange, Inc., 298 A.D.2d 343, 751 N.Y.S.2d 202 (2d Dept. 2002). Obtained summary judgment for NYSE dismissing ADA Title III claim for accommodation on stock exchange floor, affirmed by N.Y. Appellate Division on appeal.

    Preston v. American Federation of Television and Radio Artists Health Fund, 2002 WL 1009458 (S.D.N.Y. 2002), aff’d, 63 Fed.Appx. 536 (2d Cir. 2003). Obtained dismissal of ERISA claims for wrongful denial of benefits and breach of fiduciary duty on behalf of benefits fund and its trustees.

    Donofrio v. New York Times, 2001 WL 1663314 (S.D.N.Y. 2001). Obtained summary judgment for defendant dismissing ADA reasonable accommodation claims based on plaintiff’s failure to engage in interactive process.

    Williams v. Alliance Nat. Inc., aff’d, 24 Fed. Appx. 50 (2d Cir. 2001). Obtained summary judgment for defendant client in Title VII race discrimination case; affirmed by Second Circuit on appeal.

    Campbell v. Alliance National Inc., 107 F.Supp. 2d 234 (2000). Obtained summary judgment for defendant client in Title VII race discrimination case.

    EEOC v. Museum of Modern Art, 97 Civ. 9571 (S.D.N.Y. 1999). Represented MoMA in jury trial brought by EEOC alleging disability discrimination. Complete jury verdict for defendant.

    Pascuiti v. New York Yankees, 87 F.Supp.2d 221 (S.D.N.Y. 1999). Obtained order establishing burdens of proof in ADA Title III stadium accessibility case.

    Unotti v. American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., 180 Misc.2d 543, 689 N.Y.S.2d 870 (N.Y. Sup., 1999). Obtained summary judgment for defendant dismissing retaliation claim under NY Human Rights Law.

    Toro v. Depository Trust Co., 166 F.3d 1201 (2d Cir. 1998). Obtained dismissal of disability discrimination claims, affirmed by Second Circuit on appeal.

    Publications & News


    Labor & Employment Law Blog Posts

    •Major Shakeup at NYC Commission on Human Rights, December 1, 2014
    •The EEOC’s Assault on Separation Agreements - A Bump in the Road, But It’s Far From Over, October 29, 2014
    •DOL Proposes to Amend FMLA Definition of “Spouse” to Include Same-Sex Marriages, July 17, 2014
    •Expected Executive Order Protecting LGBT Employees has Implications for Employers, June 23, 2014
    •Court Upholds New Jersey’s Ban on Unemployment Discrimination in Job Advertisements, February 6, 2014
    •NLRB Abandons Fight Over Mandatory Workplace Poster Rule, January 22, 2014
    •New York Unemployment Benefits No Longer Available to Former Employees Receiving Severance, January 10, 2014
    •New York City Now Requires Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Workers, October 2, 2013
    •New Jersey Law Now Protects Employees Who Ask fellow Employees (or Former Employees) for Their Salary Information, September 26, 2013
    •New Jersey Employers May Not Like State's New Social Media 'Privacy Settings,' September 12, 2013


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    Major Shakeup at NYC Commission on Human Rights
    Christopher J. Collins, January 10, 2015
    On November 21, 2014, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a major shakeup at the NYC Commission on Human Rights, replacing all eight Bloomberg-appointed Commissioners and the Commission Chair.

    The EEOC’s Assault on Separation Agreements - A Bump in the Road, But It’s Far From Over
    Christopher J. Collins, January 8, 2015
    Most employers have separation agreement forms that have served them well over the years. The terms have become fairly standardized and, aside from the occasional tweak, they don’t change much and are rarely challenged. Enter the EEOC, upsetting the apple cart with its new strategic...

    DOL Proposes to Amend FMLA Definition of “Spouse” to Include Same-Sex Marriages
    Christopher J. Collins,Shira Forman, July 24, 2014
    The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed amending the regulatory definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act to expressly include individuals in same-sex marriages.

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