Heather M. Collins


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Attorney Heather Moore Collins does not have a general practice; her focus is singular: civil rights litigation. HMC Civil Rights 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 take a case to the courtroom.

Ms. Collins has litigated and served as lead trial counsel in civil rights cases in federal and state courts for employment discrimination involving age, race, sex, national origin, religion, citizenship, pregnancy, disability (ADA), religion, FMLA, LGBT status and claims for retaliation, as well as, Title IX cases, 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 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. She currently serves on the Board of the National Employment Lawyers’ Association (NELA) and she has served the Tennessee Employment Lawyers Association (TENNELA) as a Board Member, Vice-president, and President. She is also a member of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers’ Association (TTLA) and the Circle of Advocates for the Trial Lawyers’ College (TLC). Ms. Collins 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 the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list in the Mid-South region for Plaintiff’s employment law litigation. She was also included in the 2014 and 2021 Super Lawyers® list. 

In 2001, Heather worked in the Jacksonville, Florida office of a Washington, D.C.-based litigation firm. In 2007, she established that firm’s Nashville office and practiced there until she founded the Collins Law Firm in Nashville in 2009, CLF evolved into a partnership and now to HMC Civil Rights. Ms. Collins was born and raised in Columbia, Tennessee, in the Middle Tennessee area, where her grandfather, father, and uncle also practiced law. She lives with her husband Michael, sons Jack and Alex, dogs Izzy and Bear, and cats Jasper and Spike, in Middle Tennessee where she is privileged to wake up every day and watch her neighbor’s cows roam beautiful Tennessee countryside. Outside the office, Heather enjoys spending time with her family, outdoors, hiking, and roaming the Tennessee River on any kind of watercraft she can get her hands on. Heather finds that any form of creativity, whether it is cooking, painting, or listening to good music is integral to her practice!

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