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Stacie B. Collier



Stacie Collier is a member of Nixon Peabody’s Labor & Employment group. She previously served as the firm’s Professional Personnel partner and is its first-ever Chief Talent Officer. In this role, Stacie focuses on growing and enhancing the firm’s legal talent, and developing and cultivating its people and distinctive culture.

In her law practice, she exclusively represents management in the resolution of employment-related disputes before state and federal courts and administrative agencies.

What do you focus on?

While I have experience performing all aspects of L&E work, today my practice has three primary focuses.

Preventative

My initial goal is to help my clients foster positive employee relations and keep them out of litigation in the first place. To that end, I have provided strategic advice and counsel focusing on a preventative approach for well over 20 years, including fielding client questions, reviewing policies, and drafting employment agreements. I also have provided thousands of hours of managerial and employee training nationally on myriad topics, including harassment prevention; diversity, equity, and inclusion; accommodation and managing leaves; and supervisory skills.

Defense of Claims

When defending the inevitable claims, I partner with my clients to achieve the desired result with the appropriate blend of aggressiveness and strategy. I regularly assist clients to prevail on motions to dismiss and for summary judgment, and in dismissing claims before a number of administrative tribunals. I have a depth of experience in litigating claims of discrimination and harassment, with an emphasis on workplace harassment. I have successfully prosecuted and defended a number of non-compete and other restrictive covenant cases over the years.

Unique Experience

As the firm’s Professional Personnel Partner, and now its Chief Talent Officer, I have a unique perspective that I can bring to bear in my client-facing role. It allows me to take my real-world experience and provide even more practical advice and solutions for our clients.

What do you see on the horizon?

The pandemic is opening up new opportunities for us to work together. It also presents L&E challenges in the ways our clients can best recruit, retain, maintain safe and legal working environments, and avoid costly claims. I try to help employers “see around corners” on how their workforce approaches work and on how judges and legislators are addressing this major shift.

Presentations

  • “Integrating Remote Working with Phased Return to Work,” Sandpiper Partners Roundtable, Virtual, June 17, 2020 (presenter)
  • “The Intersection of Legislation and Diversity in the Workplace,” 20th Annual Rhode Island's Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conference, Warwick, RI, March 28, 2019 (break-out session facilitator)
  • “HR and Employment Best Practices and Policies,” 2018 Million Dollar Round Table EDGE Meeting, Boston, MA, November 8, 2018 (co-presenter)

Law360 names attorneys who moved up the firm ranks in Q2

Law360 | August 18, 2021

This article on notable partner-level promotions during Q2 includes the appointment of Providence Labor & Employment partner Stacie Collier to Chief Talent Officer. In addition, NP’s recent appointments to department heads and practice group leaders were included: San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Tony Barron as Litigation Department chair, Boston Private Equity & Investment Funds partner John Beals as Investment Funds practice group leader, Boston Corporate partner Chris Keefe as Business & Finance Department chair, Los Angeles Corporate partner Shahzad Malik as Tax team co-leader, Washington DC Community Development Finance partner Matt Mullen as Community Development Finance practice group leader, and Albany Private Equity partner Todd Tidgewell as Corporate practice group leader.

Firm's chief talent officer goes 'deep in'

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | July 29, 2021

This Q&A features Chief Talent Officer and Providence Labor & Employment partner Stacie Collier discussing how her new role expands on the work she has been doing for several years as Professional Personnel Partner, including attracting and retaining top talent, mentorship, mental health and well-being, and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

Promotions

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | June 17, 2021

This column of notable attorney news highlights the selection of Providence Labor & Employment partner Stacie Collier as NP’s first-ever Chief Talent Officer.

People in the law

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | June 11, 2021

This column of notable attorney news highlights the selection of Providence Labor & Employment partner Stacie Collier as NP’s first-ever Chief Talent Officer.

Labor of law

Law.com | May 27, 2021

Stacie’s selection as the firm’s first-ever chief talent officer was also featured in Law.com’s “Labor of Law” column.

Nixon Peabody's talent officer talks maintaining firm culture

Law360 | May 27, 2021

In this Q&A feature, Chief Talent Officer Stacie Collier, of the Labor & Employment group, discusses priorities and goals in her new role, and how she views this new role as an evolution of work that she and the firm have been doing for a long time.

Why corporate diversity reports are not good enough

Fortune | May 26, 2021

Stacie’s selection as the firm’s first-ever chief talent officer was also featured in Fortune’s Broadsheet newsletter, “for and about the world’s most powerful women”.

Wake-up call

Bloomberg Law | May 26, 2021

Providence Labor & Employment partner Stacie Collier is featured in this article for being appointed as the firm’s first-ever Chief Talent Officer.

Employment – FMLA – Retaliation

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | February 16, 2021

This article covers the First Circuit Court of Appeals’ affirmation of an earlier decision that jeweler Tiffany & Co. had not violated the Family and Medical Leave Act in eliminating a former employee’s position. The article mentions Labor & Employment partner Stacie Collier and associate Aaron Nadich, both of Providence, for successfully representing Tiffany.

4 Ways Firms Are Trying to 'Move the Needle' on Diversity

Law360 | December 04, 2020

This article covering a recent Move the Needle Fund town hall highlights NP’s “Mansfield Rule for workflow allocation“ and quotes Professional Personnel Partner and Providence Labor & Employment partner Stacie Collier on how our firm is building a more inclusive culture by equalizing access to work opportunities for all lawyers.

Burnout signs have risen 33% percent in 2020; here are seven ways to reduce risks

LinkedIn Workforce Insights | October 07, 2020

This article, covering how organizations can reduce burnout risks among employees, cites NP for “bucking the trend” by focusing on advancement and promotion even during these challenging times, and quotes Professional Personnel Partner and Providence Labor & Employment partner Stacie Collier on plans for the firm’s 2021 partner class.

Practice makes perfect for Collier at Nixon Peabody

Providence Business News | June 19, 2020

This article profiles Providence Labor & Employment partner and NP professional personnel partner Stacie Collier in connection with being honored as Providence Business Journal’s 2020 Professional Services Industry Leader among the publication’s Business Women Awards.

PBN announces 2020 Business Women Awards honorees

Providence Business News | April 24, 2020

The publication has named Providence Labor and Employment partner Stacie Collier “Professional Services Industry Leader” as part of PBN’s 2020 Business Women Awards. The article includes a list of this year’s honorees.

Pretext not shown in FMLA retaliation claim vs. jeweler

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | April 23, 2020

This article mentions Providence Labor and Employment partner Stacie Collier for successfully defending jeweler Tiffany & Co. against a former employee’s disability discrimination and FMLA retaliation claims. The judge in the case granted Tiffany’s motion for summary judgment.

Diversity can be challenging for R.I. law firms

Providence Business News | February 28, 2020

This article quotes Providence Office Managing Partner Andrew Prescott and Labor and Employment partner Stacie Collier on the steps Nixon Peabody is taking to increase diversity among attorneys and the changes they have seen in the profession over time.

Bye to Bad Habits: Lawyers share resolutions for 2020

Law360 | January 24, 2020

This article on 2020 New Year’s resolutions from attorneys features Providence Labor and Employment partner and Professional Personnel partner Stacie Collier and Litigation Department Chair Scott O’Connell sharing their goals for the new year.

Contact

Stacie B. Collier

Partner
Chief Talent Officer

Providence

Phone: 401-454-1018

Boston

Phone: 617-345-1320


Fax: 866-947-1345

University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D.

Syracuse University, B.A., magna cum laude (Phi Beta Kappa)

Connecticut

Massachusetts

New Hampshire

Rhode Island

  • Providence Business News Business Women Awards 2020 Industry Leader, Professional Services
  • Selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022 in the fields of Employment Law—Management and Litigation—Labor and Employment; named the Best Lawyers® Providence, RI, “Lawyer of the Year” in 2022 for Litigation—Labor and Employment, and in 2021 for Employment Law—Management; listed in Best Lawyers since 2010.
  • Recognized for exceptional standing in the national legal community in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2021 for Labor & Employment (Rhode Island); also recognized in Chambers in previous years
  • Saint Mary’s Home for Children, Board of Directors
  • Capital City Community Center, Past Chair, Board of Directors
  • Temple University Fox School of Business’ Center for Ethics, Diversity and Workplace Culture, Advisory Board
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