Samantha K. Collins
Sam represents clients in a wide variety of litigation matters, including employment, corporate, ERISA, and white collar issues. She has considerable experience in business dispute litigation, employment litigation, and government contracts, and has counseled business owners on employment terminations, severance agreements, disgruntled employees, and the hiring process.
Sam has served as lead Associate on numerous cases involving trade secrets and discrimination before federal courts. She has also worked on a number of employment cases at the administrative level before the EEOC and other state administrative agencies. Outside of court, Sam has experience conducting internal workplace investigations, including counseling clients, participating in and conducting employee interviews, and drafting final investigation reports.
In addition, Sam regularly advises and counsels clients in commercial payer disputes, both pre- and post-litigation. She also has experience advising clients on matters involving ERISA, the Affordable Care Act, the Medicare Secondary Payer Act, Medicare, and various state laws.
Prior to joining Arent Fox, Sam was an Associate at a boutique law firm in McLean, Virginia, where she represented clients in the fields of corporate law, employment law, and government contracts in both state and federal litigation. Before that, she served as a law clerk for Judge Rossie D. Alston, Jr. of the Court of Appeals of Virginia and for Chief Judge Craig D. Johnston of the 31st Judicial Circuit of Virginia. She was also a judicial intern for Senior Judge Reggie B. Walton of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Publications, Presentations & Recognitions
Sam was recognized in the “Ones to Watch” category by The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law.
Sam’s publications include:
- Co-Author, "Circuit Court Rules Employers Are Not Required to Reassign Employees as an ADA Accommodation," Employee Benefit Plan Review, March/April (2021)
- Co-Author, “Top 10 Best Workplace Practices for Reasonably Accommodating Those with Mental Health Disorders,” IRMI, Employment Practices Liability Consultant (2018).
- Author, The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 – As Amended: Remedying the Boundary that Congress Overstepped, 25 GEO. MASON U. C.R. L.J. 123 (2014).
While in law school, Sam was a research editor for the George Mason Civil Rights Law Journal. She was also a Writing Fellow, through which she was selected to teach in George Mason’s Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis Program. She was a student member of the George Mason Inn of Court, an Associate Justice of the Moot Court Board, and a finalist in the William B. Bryant & Luke C. Moore Invitational Moot Court Competition. Sam was the Vice President of Events for the Trial Advocacy Association, the 3L Representative, the 1L Representative, and the Vice President of Social Affairs for the Student Bar Association. She competed in Georgetown University Law Center’s White Collar Crime Invitational Competition and the South Texas Mock Trial Challenge.
Life Beyond the Law
Sam is an avid University of Michigan football and basketball fan. In her spare time, she enjoys cheering on the Michigan Wolverines, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Bar & Court Admissions
- Virginia Bar
- District of Columbia Bar
- US District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
- US District Court, Western District of Virginia
- US District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
- US District Court, Western District of Texas
George Mason University School of LawJD,Cum Laude,2015University of MichiganBA,Psychology and Communication Studies, with distinction,2010