Patrick M. Collins

Shareholder New York City

Mr. Collins represents 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 negotiations, labor arbitrations, NLRB investigations and trials, injunction actions against strikes and illegal picketing activity, union organizing campaigns, and claims by Taft-Hartley fringe benefit funds. He is co-author of the leading treatise, Employer’s Guide to Union Organizing Campaigns (2012-15 editions).

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 has been recognized as one of the Chambers USA “Leaders in their Field.”


Experience

Representative Matters

  • Won dismissal of federal and state wage claims brought by unions in federal court in Massachusetts, requiring plaintiffs to arbitrate under collective bargaining agreements
  • Obtained summary judgment in federal court for energy company on claims of disability discrimination and failure to accommodate
  • Successfully defended real estate company in federal court trial of FLSA overtime claims and before the Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Won two successive reversals of judgments against employer on claims of breach of severance policy in the NY Appellate Division
  • Successfully represented construction company in federal court trial of claims by Taft-Hartley benefit funds for unpaid fund contributions
  • Obtained summary judgment in federal court for major media company on claims of disability discrimination, retaliation and interference with ERISA-protected benefits and upheld on appeal to the Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Defended hundreds of labor arbitrations regarding disciplinary and contract interpretation grievances in the energy, construction, healthcare and education sectors

Published Decisions

  • Silver v. Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc., 2017 WL 5508387 (SDNY 2017)
  • Cohen v. National Grid, 142 A.D.3d 574 (2d Dep’t 2016)
  • Gioia v. Forbes Media LLC, 2011 WL 4549607 (SDNY 2011), affirmed, 501 F. App'x 52 (2d Cir. 2012)
  • Daniels v. 1710 Realty LLC, 2011 WL 3648245 (EDNY 2011), affirmed, 497 F. App'x 137 (2d Cir. 2012)
  • Hoops v. KeySpan Energy, 822 F.Supp.2d 301 (EDNY 2011)
  • Cohen v. National Grid, 89 A.D.3d 1051 (2d Dep’t 2011)
  • Cuervo v. Opera Solutions LLC, 87 A.D.3d 426 (1st Dep’t 2011)
  • Helmsley-Spear, Inc. v. Fishman, 11 N.Y.3d 470 (2008)

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA)
  • New York State Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law section)

Speeches:

  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - '''Lawful or Unlawful'—An NLRB Gameshow Experience'' - San Diego - May 05, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing A Workplace Seminar - ''Effectively Managing FMLA Intermittent Leave Abuse Issues'' - New York City - March 20, 2017
  • Manhattanville College School of Business (Guest Lecturer) - ''Labor Arbitration and Advanced Conflict Resolution'' - New York - January 14, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Not Your Father’s Labor Environment: The New Reality - ''Dealing with ‘Sticky Situations’ at the Bargaining Table and Beyond'' - Las Vegas - December 09, 2016

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