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  • Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, J.D. 2011
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, B.S. (Human Resource Management) 2007
Ms. Collins handles a broad range of civil litigation matters in both state and federal courts, with a focus on employment matters, representing employers and employees across the full spectrum of labor and personnel issues. Ms. Collins has a well-developed expertise in motions practice and litigation in state and federal courts, as well as filing and defending EEOC charges, employee grievances, and unemployment claims.  Her practice also includes negotiations involving breach of employment contracts, severance agreements, and misclassifications.

She served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Norfolk for three years, where she tried hundreds of cases ranging from acts of violence, to property crimes, to complicated embezzlements.


  • Civil litigation practice involves all aspects of dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration and mediation.
  • Represents employers and employees with Fair Labor Standards Act grievances, EEOC discrimination and sexual harassment claims arising from the workplace
  • Provides day-to-day counseling and advice to clients about the various laws affecting the employment relationship, including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), the Fair Labor Standards Act, and other state and federal statutes.
  • Assists governmental and private employers in managing and limiting risks through the use of employment policies and procedures and drafts Employee Handbooks for employers, both private and governmental localities.
  • Routinely counsels employers regarding workplace issues including with respect to employee complaints and disciplinary actions to ensure compliance with policies and procedures, as well as state and federal law.
  • Drafts and negotiates employment and severance agreements.
  • Serves as Board Member for the Ascension Episcopal Day School.


  • “Conducting an Effective Internal Investigation” for the National Business Institute’s “Advanced Employment Law” Seminar, October 2, 2017
  • “Hiring and Recruiting” for the National Business Institute’s “Human Resource Law: What You Need to Know Now” Seminar, June 7, 2017
  • “Evidence Based Prosecution” for the Office of the Attorney General, March 15, 2013
  • “Court Procedure Training” for the Norfolk Police Department Academy, February 25, 2014


  • Member of the William and Mary Law Review, Marshall-Wythe School of Law
  • Competitions Coordinator, Alternative Dispute Resolution Team, Marshall-Wythe School of Law
  • Vice President, Asian Law Student Association, Marshall-Wythe School of Law
  • Winner of the Wall Street Journal Award, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Student of the Year in the Department of Management, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Vice President, Society of Human Resource Management, Virginia Commonwealth University


  • Virginia State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia


  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association – (CLE Committee)
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia
  • Federal Bar Association

What Clients Say About Deb

  • From the smallest matter to complex agreements I and my whole firm couldn’t be more pleased.
    Deb Collins and the whole team at Sullivan Law Group are fantastic to work with!! It is not often you can find a professional that is smart, committed, responsive and a pleasure to deal with. From the smallest matter to complex agreements I and my whole firm couldn’t be more pleased and enthusiastic about working with Deb Collins and Sullivan Law Group.
  • With compassion and professionalism, her main intention is helping those in need.

    "My experience with the Sullivan Law Group was positive from the initial consultation with Attorney Deborah Collins. Mrs. Collins is a wonderful person, and an extremely knowledgeable attorney. She was thorough, attentive, honest, and beyond helpful during a very difficult time. She is a one in a million attorney who genuinely cares about her client's situations. She was with me every step of the way with compassion and insight. Unlike most attorneys, she is not money oriented, and in fact really tries to work with the client as much as possible. With compassion and professionalism, her main intention is helping those in need. If you are seeking outstanding legal representation, please call Attorney Deborah Collins and the Sullivan Law Group. Mrs. Collins will not only meet your needs, she will SUPERSEDE all of your expectations. Having Mrs. Collins represent me was the best decision I have ever made and it was a pleasure working with Attorney Collins and the Sullivan Law Group."

    – R.R.