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Joyce Collier

Employment and labor Attorney at Philadelphia, PA

5.0   11 reviews

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About Joyce

Learn Joyce’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    50%

    28 years, 75 cases

  2. Discrimination
    25%

    28 years, 50 cases

  3. Wrongful termination
    25%

    28 years, 30 cases

Joyce Collier has over thirty years of experience as a trial lawyer in state and federal court in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Her passion is in fighting for low-wage workers who have been denied the most basic workplace protections. Co-counseling with Gloria Allred and Nathan Goldberg, she successfully represented a group of experienced female cocktail servers who were fired from a New Jersey casino because they did not fit the stereotype the casino was looking for to fit into skimpy new uniforms. In another matter, the team took on a nationally known slaughterhouse that fired a group of workers after they complained about injuries they suffered while working on high-speed production lines. Along with Ms. Allred, Ms. Collier also represented some of the women who were harassed by Bill Cosby.

Ms. Collier successfully litigated a matter involving a Filipino worker who suffered harassment and abuse inside a battery manufacturing plant. She also represented the head of human resources of a large university who was terminated after eighteen years of loyal service, a cancer survivor who was the only employee terminated during a purported layoff, and a woman who was fired in violation of the FMLA while she was in treatment for alcoholism. She has been able to defeat summary judgment in numerous employment cases pending in state and federal court through meticulous case analysis.

Collier’s commitment to social justice is also exemplified by her representation of the Drug and Alcohol Service Providers Organization of Pennsylvania in Washington v. DPW, No. 50 MAP 2016, in which the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania struck down Act 80 of 2012 because it violated the Pennsylvania Constitution. Act 80 eliminated a cash assistance program that provided a minimal income support for individuals with serious disabilities, people fleeing domestic violence, and individuals in active drug treatment for limited periods of time.

Collier graduated with high honors in 1988 from Rutgers School of Law after receiving the Most Promising Civil Litigator Award and the Stratton Moot Court Award. After serving as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert L. Clifford of the New Jersey Supreme Court, she began her litigation career as an associate at the firm of Hangley Connolly Epstein Chicco Foxman & Ewing in Philadelphia. She became a shareholder in 1995 and co-chaired the Employment Department. During her time there, she litigated numerous environmental disputes, including a landmark decision holding the federal government liable as an operator and arranger under CERCLA as a result of the government’s extensive involvement with a high tenacity rayon facility during WWII. FMC v. Department of Commerce, 29 F.3d 933 (3d ).

Collier served as an adjunct law professor at Rutgers School of Law Camden, teaching Disability Law. For the last twenty years, she has actively served the Legal Clinic for the Disabled, located at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, as a board member, executive director and now as a volunteer.

Ms. Collier is committed to learning the most innovative trial skills. She attended the nationally acclaimed Trial Lawyer’s College in Dubois Wyoming, directed by Gerry Spence and the Ethos of Advocacy Program taught by Rick Friedman. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Advocacy of Temple University School of Law.

Licensed for 34 years
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 1989
Updated 11/05/2022
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 1988
Updated 12/04/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Weir Greenblatt Pierce, LLP
123 S. Broad Street
Suite 2500
Philadelphia, PA, 19109

Reviews

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Posted by Jeff | July 26, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Legal advise
I needed to consult with an attorney that was experienced with wrongful termination cases. Within the first few minutes of speaking with Joyce, I knew she was exactly what I was looking for. She provided great insight and recommendations on how to move forward. I would definitely recommend her services.
Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Severance Agreement Negotiations
Joyce is an amazing attorney. She helped me negotiate a severance agreement to include payment of commissions that I earned but were being excluded by the employer. She is knowledgeable, supportive and a straight shooter about options available. She was always accessible and willing to take time to discuss ongoing developments with my situation. I would not hesitate in recommending Joyce to anyone looking for sound legal advice.
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Posted by Mary | February 25, 2015
Teacher Treated Unfairly
Attorney Collier was a tremendous help to me when I was unjustly denied my salary. After leaving my last place of employment (a position I held for 19 years ) a portion of my wages were withheld from me. I tried unsuccessfully to rectify this situation on my own. Upon calling Ms. Collier and explaining the situation she immediately put me at ease. She explained clearly and accurately what needed to be done. Ms. Collier followed through, kept me well informed, and answered all my questions with a compassionate heart . I would recommend Attorney Collier to anyone needing someone they can count on and in their corner.
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Posted by Cheryl | December 23, 2014
Outstanding Support and Service
Attorney Joyce Collier turned a life-changing employment situation into one that was manageable. I was faced with serious health challenges as a result of the stress and anxiety of this employment situation, and I was very fortunate to find Joyce. The knowledge, understanding and compassion Joyce demonstrated while handling my case is unparalleled. Joyce was always accessible, and she was sensitive to the urgency and need to resolve my case as expeditiously as possible. I was many miles away from home with no family in the area. She successfully negotiated and settled my case within a few months, providing me with much-needed peace of mind, and I was able to move on with my life. More importantly, she is still available and willing to assist me when I call, text , or email her. She is a credit to her profession, and I recommend her without reservation.
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Posted by Anne | January 21, 2014
Joyce Collier an Attorney with integrity, experience and compassion
Joyce Collier is one of the most knowledgeable attorneys practicing in Doylestown today. Joyce is bright, yet patient with her clients. Joyce is honest in her evaluation of your issues and takes the time to explain them. She never forces you to a decision , but does lead through a path of logic, law and her experience. I learned a lot working with Joyce and would have Joyce represent me again.
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Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2012
A real advocate
I had a case that could have taken years. Excellant result in months.
Posted by Amy | November 15, 2011
Helped me be a Mom
Joyce helped my husband and I keep our three medically fragile sons at home. We couldn't have done it without many experienced nurses. She fought our battle with us ensuring that we could be a family together at home. She taught me how to be a strong and fearless advocate for my children. She helped me navigate resources to become a well-informed parent. She is my cheerleader and confidante. Joyce's compassion for the "underdog" is commendable. She was professional in and out of court. At the same time, warm and easy to talk with. Our case involved a lot of research, state and federal regulations. Our respondent ultimately had to hire additional law practices and still we prevailed. Joyce provided for us those things that only an attorney can. And she did it with class, intelligence, respect, and compassion.
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Posted by Matt | August 24, 2010
Above and Beyond
I had contacted Hardwick & Collier seeking legal help and Joyce kindly took the call and was extremley kind and helpful! I would definetly call them again in the future, and would recomment them without hesitation!
Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2010
Supremely Knowledgeable Counsel
I myself am an attorney, and I hired Joyce for an employment action against my previous employer. Joyce made the entire process much less stressful by being not only a supremely knowledgeable lawyer, but also by being an empathetic listener. Her counsel was sound and enhanced by her many years of experience in litigating and negotiating employment cases. The outcome was highly favorable to me, and I have had no hesitation in referring several other contacts to Joyce for legal representation.
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Posted by Robin | May 13, 2010
More than I could ask for...
Joyce is a kind person, who knows exactly what she is doing. I've known Joyce for several years, and to see her acting my behalf was to see a woman in charge of a situation. She went above and beyond what I expected, and she truly was on my side.
Posted by Fran | April 8, 2010
The Best Lawyer We Have Used!
Joyce Collier has helped us in many ways including working with leases, giving good advice on projects that we are doing and being there when needed.
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Collier Law, P.C./ Collier Law Offices
  • 2001 - 2018
  • Of Counsel
  • Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Partner and Co-Chair of Employment Law Department
  • Connolly Epstein Chicco Foxman Oxholm & Ewing
  • 1996 - 1998

Education

  • Rutgers School of Law - Camden
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988

Legal Cases

  • Werner v. PGW
  • Summary judgment granted
  • FMC v. Department of Commerce
  • Plaintiff's verdict upheld by en banc panel of the Third Circuit
  • Leanne Martina et al. v. Resorts Casino Hotel
  • Settled

Associations

  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Alumni - Trial Lawyers College
  • Graduate
  • 2001 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2016
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2015
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2014
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2013
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2012
  • Special Volunteer Recognition Award
  • Legal Clinic for the Disabled
  • 2005
  • Most Promising Civil Litigator Award
  • Rutgers School of Law -
  • 1988
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Publications

  • Employment Law Institute
  • Discovery Disputes: Win the Battle Win the War
  • 2010
  • Rutgers Law Journal
  • Substantial Need Criterion for Court-Ordered Psychological Examination of Child Witness
  • 1987

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (10)
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Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Joyce isn't a great lawyer, she's a great person! Having collaborated on cases with Joyce I have seen first hand her tenaciousness, attention to detail, and most importantly, her compassion and empathy for her clients. She has also been a wonderful sounding board for me about my own cases. I have referred several people to Joyce and will continue to do so. I'm grateful to have her as my friend and colleague."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Friend
"A few years ago, Joyce drove a few hours one way to join a weekend morning trial workshop I had organized at my law firm to prepare for an upcoming trial where my client was going to testify. That by itself says a lot about Joyce and her commitment to helping other lawyers obtain justice and in improving herself as a lawyer. Her participation in that workshop was with her whole self and was right on the money. Not long after that, Joyce co-organized a weekend continuing legal education retreat that included a great exercise in setting the scene during storytelling at trial. That also speaks of Joyce's devotion to improving the service that clients receive from their lawyers. Deeply thanking Joyce."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Joyce is a tough to the point litigator with superior knowledge of employment issues. However, she is a compassionate counselor with clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known Joyce for 2 years now and know her to be an excellant lawyer. She is dedicated to her clients and will work hard to achieve a good result. If I needed an employment lawyer, I would hope to have Joyce Collier on my side."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Joyce is a fellow graduate of Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College. It is an elite group of attorneys with specialized training in all aspect of trial preparation and trial itself. I have great respect for Joyce. She is an especially talented attorney and cares deeply for her clients. You could not be in better hands."
Discrimination Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Joyce is a fellow graduate of Trial Lawyers College (TLC). TLC is a very selective and prestigious program that teaches experienced attorneys to be more effective and skilled in trial work. Joyce is a compassionate and bright attorney who really cares for the welfare of her clients. You would be well served to have her in your corner."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joyce is a dedicated advocate for the rights of employees."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Joyce is a fellow graduate of the Trial Lawyers College. I have worked with her on cases to discover her clients' true story and how they have been impacted by what the defendant did to them. Joyce's instincts and insights are tremendous. She is smart, compassionate, and dedicated to helping real people get real justice. Many attorneys call themselves "trial lawyers" -- Joyce is the real deal."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Ms. Collier has dedicated herself to improving the lives of people who she represents. She always pursues excellence as an advocate for those who she represents. One could not find a more caring lawyer to represent them."
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