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.


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    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.

    Expected Executive Order Protecting LGBT Employees has Implications for Employers
    Christopher J. Collins,Ryan Duffy, June 25, 2014
    The White House announced last week that President Barack Obama is preparing to issue an executive order prohibiting government contractors from discriminating against employees or job applicants on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Federal contractors are already barred from...

    Court Upholds New Jersey’s Ban on Unemployment Discrimination in Job Advertisements
    Christopher J. Collins,Shira Forman, February 14, 2014
    New Jersey’s law prohibiting discrimination against the unemployed in job advertisements - the first of a new crop of similar state and municipal laws - is constitutional, according to a recent New Jersey appeals court decision.

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    Christopher J. Collins

    New YorkNY 10112


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