Deborah Y. Collins

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Practice Areas

  • Employment Law
  • Contract Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Construction Law

Honors & Awards

  • 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

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. Her practice also includes construction law, contract disputes, and insurance defense.

Representative Experience

  • 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.


  • Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, J.D. 2011
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, B.S. (Human Resource Management) 2007

Bar Admissions

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


  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia
  • Federal Bar Association