Erika M. Collins

Erika Collins is a senior associate in Nixon Peabody’s Labor and Employment department, and concentrates her practice in the area of employment litigation. She routinely defends private employers in state and federal court proceedings as well as before administrative agencies such as the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Fair Labor Division of the Office of the Attorney General.

What do you focus on?

I focus my practice on employment litigation matters, with a heavy emphasis on defending against sexual harassment, discrimination and other kinds of wrongful termination claims such as retaliation, whistleblower and public policy claims. I also have significant experience defending against Massachusetts Wage Act and other wage/hour claims as well as seeking to enforce and resisting against the enforcement of restrictive covenant agreements.

I focus in particularly egregious sexual harassment cases, and have experience defending against allegations of rape and sexual assault. I have defended against numerous allegations of harassment and/or discrimination by executive-level employees and lower-level employees.

My recent wins include:

  • Convincing the United States Court for the First Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss an appeal brought by a disgruntled employee who alleged discrimination and retaliation, following the lower court’s entry of summary judgment in our client’s favor.

  • Effectively dismantling a team of key employees who departed from our client, a major corporation, with intent to form a competing entity

  • Quickly resolving a claim in a manner very favorable to my client that involved particularly serious allegations of harassment after an investigation into the plaintiff exposed a number of the alleged facts were fabricated.

What do you see on the horizon?

Whistleblower litigation is on the rise. Employers should be prepared to respond to internal complaints lodged by employees and defend against claims once litigation ensues.


Erika M. Collins



Phone: 617-345-1203

Fax: 866-704-0015

Boston University, J.D.

Brandeis University, B.A.


U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Erika Collins is a member of the Boston Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association.

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