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

  • Successfully defended real estate company in trial of FLSA overtime claims in Eastern District of New York and before the 2d Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Won two successive reversals of judgments against employer on claims of breach of severance policy in the NY Appellate Division, 2nd Department
  • Successfully represented construction company in trial of claims by Taft-Hartley benefit funds for unpaid fund contributions in Southern District of New York
  • Obtained summary judgment for major media company on claims of disability discrimination, retaliation and interference with ERISA-protected benefits in the Southern District of New York and upheld on appeal to the 2d Circuit
  • Represented employers in hundreds of labor arbitrations regarding disciplinary and contract interpretation grievances in the energy, construction, healthcare and education sectors
  • Won dismissals of federal and state wage claims against energy utilities in federal courts in New York and Massachusetts, requiring plaintiffs to arbitrate under collective bargaining agreements
  • Won affirmance of dismissal of claims for unpaid commissions and claims against individual corporate officers in NY Appellate Division, 1st Department

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

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

Speeches:

  • 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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