John S. Collins
Associate Attorney

John S. Collins

Associate Attorney

Contact Info

   915.546.8201
  915.546.8333
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Areas of Concentration

Litigation
Labor & Employment
Employment Practices Liability
Education
Construction Law
Creditors’ Rights, Bankruptcy and Restructuring

Education

Baylor University
Juris Doctor
Concentration in Business Litigation
cum laude

Texas A&M University
Bachelor of Arts – History
Bachelor of Arts – English
summa cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions & Qualifications

State Bar of Texas

State Bar of New Mexico

United States District Court
Western District of Texas
District of New Mexico




John Collins is an associate attorney practicing in the Litigation, Labor & Employment, Education, and Construction Law practice groups. He represents employers before various administrative agencies and is licensed in both Texas and New Mexico. 

In the area of labor and employment law, John has defended employers against claims arising under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code, and the New Mexico Human Rights Act. John has represented employers in both state and federal court, as well as before various administrative agencies, including the Texas Workforce Commission, the Texas Department of Insurance, the New Mexico Human Right Bureau, the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration, the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Texas Education Agency. In addition, John regularly provides advice and training to employers to ensure compliance with state and federal law.

In the areas of insurance and commercial litigation, John has experience representing clients in lawsuits involving a variety of claims, including breach of contract, negligence, negligent entrustment, tax investment litigation, civil rights claims arising under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, deceptive trade practices, and premises liability.

Prior to joining ScottHulse, John earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree, cum laude, from Baylor Law School, where he was an Executive Editor for the Baylor Law Review and member of the Baylor Barrister Society. An article written by John was selected for publication in the Baylor Law Review, and it received the Irene G. and Jimmy Wisch Award for Best Article in the Area of Civil Rights and was selected as one of the best student-written law review articles by the State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Section. John was also a quarterfinalist in the Strasburger and Price Moot Court Competition, where he was named one of the competition’s four best speakers. While in law school, John interned at the Harris County Attorney’s Office. In addition, John received the Dean’s Academic Excellence Full-Tuition Scholarship in law school.

Before attending law school, John earned Bachelor of Arts degrees, summa cum laude, in History and English from Texas A&M University. At Texas A&M, John was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

John is a member of several professional organizations, including the El Paso Bar Association and the El Paso Young Lawyers Association.


Representative Matters
  • Defeated motion for summary judgment and motion to dismiss filed by a national insurance company in a lawsuit involving claims of breach of contract and violations of the duty of good faith and fair dealing, the New Mexico Insurance Code, and the New Mexico Unfair Practices Act.
  • Obtained dismissal of federal civil rights claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 that were asserted against a prison medical provider.
  • Successfully intervened in a criminal murder proceeding on behalf of a physician, who was not a party to the proceeding, in order to modify a court order that infringed on the physician’s right to provide medical care to a patient.
  • Served as local counsel and obtained dismissal of negligence claims asserted against a transportation company stemming from an automobile accident that occurred in New Mexico.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a national bank on a claim of a reformation of a deed of trust that failed to name a trustee.
  • Successfully represented an employer against claims of sexual harassment and retaliation before the New Mexico Human Rights Bureau.
  • Successfully represented employers in contesting claims for unemployment benefits filed with the Texas Workforce Commission.
  • Successfully represented employers in contesting workers compensation claims filed with the Texas Department of Insurance and the New Mexico Workers Compensation Administration.
Presentations

Onboarding and the Employee Selection Process. Lecture presented at the El Paso Society for Human Resource Management (EPSHRM) Employment Law Update in El Paso, Texas (2016)

New Overtime Regulations, El Paso Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (2016)

Work Time is Over: The Nuts and Bolts of the New Overtime Rule, ScottHulse Labor & Employment Seminar (2016)

Update on the Department of Labor’s Final Overtime Rule, Southern New Mexico Society of Human Resources (2016)

The Imitation Game for Employers: LGBT Issues in the Workplace, ScottHulse Eighth Annual Labor & Employment Seminar (2016)

Tips for Completing the Form I-9, Southern New Mexico Society of Human Resources Management (2015)

Employees Leaving You Hanging? How to Handle Leave Requests Under the FMLA and Requests for Accommodation under the ADAAA, El Paso Society of Human Resources Management (2015)

Same-Sex Marriage and LGBT Issues in the Workplace, El Paso Bart Association Labor & Employment Law Section Seminar (2015)

Who Wants to Have a Millionaire Handbook? How to Draft a Game-Changing Employee Handbook, ScottHulse Seventh Annual Labor & Employment Seminar (2015)

I Spy, I-9: Tips from Audit Pitfalls, El Paso Society of Human Resources Management (2014)

Employee Revenge: How to Handle Claims of Retaliation and Bullying in the Workplace, ScottHulse Sixth Annual Labor & Employment Seminar (2014)

Publications

Collins, J., & Howard-Gonzalez, A.  Social Media Advice that Both Employers and Employees Will ‘Like’.  El Paso Bar Journal, April-May, 16. (2014)

Another Hairball for Employers? ‘Cat’s Paw’ Liability for the Discriminatory Acts of Co-workers after Staub v. Proctor Hospital.  Baylor L. Rev., 64(1), 908. (2012).  Cited approvingly in a brief filed with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Bender’s Labor and Employment Law Bulletin, and a conference paper delivered at the annual American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Conference.

Reported Cases

Ryals v. El Paso Cnty., EP-13-CV-289-PRM, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 71891 (W.D. Tex. June 3, 2015) (obtained dismissal of civil rights claims asserted against a prison medical provider)

Organizations

Texas Bar Association

New Mexico Bar Association

El Paso Bar Association

Texas Association of Defense Counsel

Federal Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section

Texas Young Lawyer’s Association

El Paso Young Lawyer’s Association

Society of Human Resources Management