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Patrick T. Collins, a Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Labor & Employment Group, practices labor, employment and personnel law on behalf of employers and management personnel. He has a wide range of experience in all areas of litigation in both federal and state courts, defending discrimination and sexual harassment claims, wrongful discharge and whistleblower suits, and claims brought under the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the multitude of other civil rights and anti-discrimination laws. In addition, Pat represents parties in breach of contract claims, and in actions involving unfair competition, restrictive covenants, and confidentiality agreements.

Pat has appeared before state human rights agencies throughout the country, as well as the EEOC, the National Labor Relations Board and various wage and hour agencies. He has represented employers in numerous labor grievance/arbitration proceedings, and in a variety of other matters relating to the unionization of employees and collective bargaining. He has also worked extensively with employers on public works contracts to ensure compliance with prevailing wage laws.

A great deal of Pat’s practice concentrates on counseling employers in making workplace decisions which will reduce or avoid entirely the risk of litigation. Pat regularly counsels his clients on matters concerning independent contractors and contingent workers, employment policies, employee discipline and terminations, reductions in workforce, and plant closings. He has conducted sexual harassment investigations and employment law audits, and has drafted numerous employee handbooks and substance abuse and workplace privacy policies. Pat has also conducted management and employee training and legal compliance sessions in a variety of areas, including the performance appraisal process and anti-harassment.


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 80%
  2. Employee Benefits: 20%

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Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A.

721 Route 202-206, Suite 200
PO Box 5933
Bridgewater, NJ, 08807-5933


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Equal Justice MedalLegal Services of New Jersey1999
Outstanding Board Service AwardLegal Services of New Jersey1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberNorris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A.1984 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Somerset County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
New Jersey State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionMemberN/A
Legal Services of Northwest JerseyBoard of DirectorsN/A
Supreme Court of New Jersey, District XIII Ethics CommitteeMemberN/A
Sidney Reitman Employment Law Inn of CourtMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
The Metropolitan Corporate CounselNew Year Corporate Housekeeping: Your Employee Handbook2011
The Metropolitan Corporate CounselSocial Media In The Workplace: The New Frontier2011
NMM Labor & Employment Law AlertNew Poster Requirement for New Jersey Employers2011
NMM Labor & Employment Law AlertNew Jersey Supreme Court Limits the Application of the Over-Seventy Exception to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination2010
NMM Labor & Employment Law AlertNew Whistleblower Incentives and Protection in the Dodd-Frank Act2010
The Metropolitan Corporate CounselHot Topics In Labor And Employment Law2009
NMM Labor & Employment Law AlertNew Jersey Poised to Become the Third State to Provide Paid Family Leave2008
NMM Labor & Employment Law AlertSupreme Court Reverses Controversial Appellate Division Case Regarding Harassment in the Workplace2008
Law360No Privacy For Employee Info On Office Computers2008
NMM Labor & Employment Law AlertNo Privacy For Employee Info On Office Computers2008
NMM Labor & Employment Law AlertNew Jersey Paid Family Leave Deadlines Just Around the Corner2008
Somerset BusinessThe New Overtime Rules2004
U.S.1Curbing Workplace Harassment2003
NMM Labor & Employment Law AlertNew Jersey Supreme Court Makes Anti-Harassment Training Mandatory for Supervisors and Managers2002
NMM Labor & Employment Law AlertEmployers Who Provide Job References May Be Liable for Negligent Misrepresentation; Automatic Termination After Exhausting Company-Provided Medical Leave Held Not To Be Discriminatory; Card Check Method of 'Instant Unionization'2002
NMM Labor & Employment Law AlertNew Jersey Employment Agencies Must Be Licensed With the State2001
NMM Labor & Employment Law AlertIf You Think Your Company is Beyond the Reach of the NLRB Because You Have a Non-Union Workforce, Think Again2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seton Hall University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Glassboro State CollegeN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Social Media and Technology in the WorkplaceSocial Media and Technology in the Workplace2011
Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law 2010Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law Legal Updates and Changes in the Law on Age Discrimination2010
Employee Handbook WorkshopCommon Mistakes and Pitfalls, Practice Considerations2010
Current Wage & Hour ChallengesIdentifying "Compensable Time"2010
Beware! The "Other" Side of the LSRP ProgramNo Excuses! No Surprises! – Employee Handbook and Employment Policies2010
Best Practices For The Growing BusinessNo Excuses! No Surprises! Employee Handbooks and Employment Policies2010
Urgent Employee Medical Leave Updates for 2009The New FMLA & MFLA Regulations2009
Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law 2009Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law 20092009
Employee Free Choice Act: Where It Stands and What It Means to EmployersEmployee Free Choice Act: Where It Stands and What It Means to Employers2009
Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law 2008Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law 20082008
Business Bits with Jim FarrellHow To Respond To An Employment Related Lawsuit2008
Acceptable Behavior In The WorkplaceAcceptable Behavior In The Workplace2008
Operational, Transitional and Exit Strategies for Closely-Held & Entrepreneurial Business OwnersProtecting Your Company’s Assets Through Confidential, Non-Compete and Invention Agreements2007
Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law 2006Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law 20062006
YMCA's 5th Annual HR and Risk Management ConferenceHuman Resources and Risk Management2005