Attorney Heather M. Collins does not have have general practice, her focus is singular: employment civil rights litigation. Collins & Hunter carefully selects cases based on merit. After careful case selection, no stone is left unturned during the litigation process. Ms. Collins focuses her work on trial practice and does not hesitate to shy away from the courtroom.
Even though employment law is hard work, it is very gratifying to be able to help clients through what is often a very difficult situation. Unless she is in a court proceeding or a deposition, you will probably find Ms. Collins in her much more casual office environment, researching, tapping away at her computer drafting documents, and digging through personnel files and employee handbooks.
Ms. Collins has litigated and tried employment discrimination cases in federal and state court on the basis of age, race, sex, national origin, citizenship, pregnancy, disability (ADA), religion, FMLA, and claims for retaliation, workplace whistle-blowing, and wage and overtime claims under federal and state law.
Ms. Collins is a member of the state bars of Tennessee and Florida. She is admitted to practice in the federal courts in the Middle, Eastern, and Western District Courts of Tennessee; the Southern, Middle, and Northern District Courts of Florida; the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals; and the United States Supreme Court. Since 2008, she has served in NELA’s annual convention committee, TENNELA’s Board, as its Vice-President and President. She also is regularly asked to speak at legal conferences and for professional organizations about employment law.
In 2010, 2011, and 2012, Ms. Collins was selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list in the Mid-South region in the area of Plaintiff’s employment law litigation. She was also selected for inclusion in the 2014 Super Lawyers® list.
She established the Collins Firm in Nashville in the fall of 2009. Before doing so, she was a partner at a Washington, D.C.-based litigation firm where she established its Nashville office in 2007, and prior to that, she worked in its Jacksonville, Florida, office since 2001.
Ms. Collins was born and raised in Columbia, Tennessee, in the Middle Tennessee area, where her grandfather, father, and uncle also practice/practiced law. She lives with her husband and two sons in Middle Tennessee. To energize herself for her practice, she enjoys yoga and stand-up paddleboarding (which is a blast and she highly recommends) on any lake, river, or decent-size puddle she can find in Tennessee or North Alabama. She also enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time outdoors.