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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Deborah Collins is a first generation American whose family, through many years of hard work, lived the American dream of entrepreneurship. She earned her Bachelor degree in Human Resource Management from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Juris Doctor from William and Mary School of Law.

In her practice, she has honed her litigation skills over hundreds of trials. She has represented corporations and professionals in pursuing and defending claims in various business disputes. As a partner in an employment law firm, she represented both employers and employees 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.

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. 


  • 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 as a "Best Employment Lawyer" in Norfolk by

  • Recognized by Super Lawyers, 2021

  • Recognized by Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2019


  • 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

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia State Bar

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

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


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

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


  • "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


Cristina Buechs


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.