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Deborah Yeng Collins

Ms. Collins focuses her practice in the area of employment law and civil litigation, representing both employers and employees. She is an experienced litigator in state and federal courts. She has been recognized as a "Top Lawyer" of Coastal Virginia and is rated by Super Lawyers.

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Deb Collins began her legal career as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney with the Norfolk Commonwealth Attorney’s Office for a number of years before joining a boutique employment law firm, as an associate then as a partner. Her current practice focuses on employment law and business disputes. Deb represents both employees and employers across the entire spectrum of employment issues, including providing day-to-day advice, negotiating contract issues, drafting policies and handbooks, conducting internal investigations, and representing clients in grievances, mediations, arbitrations, administrative proceedings, and litigation. She also assists corporate clients with business formation and has represented corporations and professionals in pursuing and defending claims in various business dispute.

Deb is a first generation American whose family, through many years of hard work, lived the American dream of entrepreneurship. In her practice, she has honed her litigation skills over hundreds of trials and has many years experience representing both employers and employees in employment and business disputes.

Her background and experience leave her uniquely positioned to understand both the injustices an employee can suffer and the struggles specific to the business owner. This perspective provides her with the tools to efficiently resolve problems and effectively craft solutions to each individual legal situation. 

Honors

Bar Admissions

  • Recognized by Super Lawyers, 2021-2022

  • Recognized as a “Top Lawyer” by Coastal Virginia, 2021

  • Recognized as a “Top Lawyer” by American Registry, 2021

  • Recognized as a "Top Attorney of Coastal Virginia" by American Registry, 2021

  • Recognized by Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2019

  • Virginia State Bar

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

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Memberships

Education

  • Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, J.D.

  • Virginia Commonwealth University, B.S. (Human Resource Management)

  • I’Anson-Hoffman American Inn of Court

  • Virginia Bar Association

  • Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association

  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia

  • Federal Bar Association, Hampton Roads Chapter

  • YWCA-SHR, Board of Directors

  • Founder of the Work/Life Balance Group for Virginia Lawyers

Presentations

  • The New Employment Law Frontier for Wage Claims in Virginia for the Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, October 4, 2021

  • "Know the Law BEFORE You Light Up!" as heard on Another View Radio Show on WHRO and NPR, July 1, 2021

  • “Sexual Harassment in the #metoo Era” for the Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, October 4, 2018

  • “Conducting an Effective Internal Investigation” for the National Business Institute’s “Advanced Employment Law” Seminar, October 2, 2017

  • “Hiring and Recruiting” for the National Business Institute’s “Human Resource Law: What You Need to Know Now” Seminar, June 7, 2017

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Cristina Buechs

Paralegal

Cristina Buechs is a West Coast native from California now enjoying life on the East Coast in Virginia with her fiancé.

 

She earned her Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills and has over 5 years of experience in the legal field.