Overview

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

Areas of Practice

For more than 25 years, Chris has represented employers 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, retail, management consulting, professional services, entertainment, media and advertising.  

In addition to court litigation (including jury trials), he routinely represents employers in FINRA arbitrations, before administrative agencies and in mediation. He also represents companies and executives in employment contract negotiations.

Chris also has a substantial advice 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. He also advises employers on effective internal investigation practices, and conducts independent investigations of workplace issues for clients. 

Experience

Experience

  • Obtained order lifting TRO and denying preliminary injunction in non-compete action involving medical device manufacturers in New Jersey federal court (October 2019).
  • Represented financial services firm in 2 ½ week jury trial in case alleging breach of contract and related claims by former employee. Complete jury verdict for defendant (2014).
  • 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. 

Honors

Honors

Labor and Employment, Legal 500, 2016

Insights

Articles

Labor & Employment Law Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

  • "Developments in Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank and the SEC Whistleblower Program," 13th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, November 9, 2019

Memberships

Memberships

American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment

New York State Bar Association

New York City Bar Association, LGBT Rights Committee

LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York

Education

J.D., George Washington University Law School, Notes Editor, George Washington Law Review, 1990, with honors

Ph.D., Fordham University, 2016

B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1987, with honors

Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Second Circuit, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts - Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, District of New Jersey, District of Connecticut
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