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Grant Collins practices in both employment law and traditional labor law. On the employment side, he defends complex wage-and-hour lawsuits, including resisting class certification, and advises clients on issues of termination, severance, and compliance. Grant’s traditional labor practice involves advising clients on a variety of labor-related issues, including the recent phenomenon of employee social media use, responding to unfair labor practice charges, and handling grievance arbitrations.

Grant stays current on labor and employment law by serving as co-editor of Minnesota Employment Law Report, an up-to-the-minute blog on the latest developments in labor and employment law in Minnesota and throughout the country. Through this work and his professional experience, he is a frequent commentator in the news media on labor and employment cases.

Practice Areas

  • Labor Law
    • NLRB Representation Cases, Unit Clarification Cases, and Unfair Labor Practice Cases
    • Labor Arbitration
    • Strikes and Lockouts
    • Contract Interpretation
  • Employment Law
    • Wage & Hour Compliance
    • Higher Education Employee Relations
    • Public Employer Employee Relations
  • Employment Litigation
    • Hybrid Class/Collective Actions
    • Employment Discrimination
    • EEOC Charge Responses
  • Social Networking

Professional Certifications, Awards and Designations

  • Named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers ® 2017-2019


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Representative Work

Moseley et al. v. Fairview Health Services, Inc., (Minn. Dist. Ct. 2013) – Successfully defend class certification attempt and obtain complete dismissal of all of plaintiffs’ claims

  • Magee v. Trustees of the Hamline University, No. 11-CV-00949 (D. Minn. 2012) – Obtain complete dismissal of former employee’s state and federal claims
  • Energy Center, LLC v. Falls and Pinnacle Owners’ Assocation, 2012 WL 254500 (Minn. Ct. App. 2012) – Minnesota Court of Appeals affirms district court’s grant of summary judgment in client’s favor
  • Lawson v. South Metro Human Services, 2011 WL 1576512 (D. Minn. 2011) – Obtain partial dismissal of complaint in a wrongful death action
  • Cruz v. Lawson Software, Inc., 764 F. Supp. 2d 1050 (D. Minn. 2011) – Provide litigation support in hybrid class/collective action under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and state law. Ultimately prevail on summary judgment.
  • Fearn v. Blazin’ Beier Ranch, Inc., No. 11-cv-00743 (D. Minn. 2011) – Negotiate favorable settlement in hybrid class/collective action under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and state law

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2010
  • Wisconsin, 2017

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association


  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, magna cum laude;  core concentration in Labor and Employment Law, 2009
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, with distinction, Political Science, Legal Studies, 2005, Phi Beta Kappa


  • Grant T. Collins & Sara G. McGrane, Monitoring Employee Email—Traps for Unwary Employers, The Bridge (July 2010)
  • Grant T. Collins & Penelope J. Phillips, Cost-Cutting Measures that Could Cost You: ‘Off-the-Clock’ Work and Independent Contractors, Minnesota Lawyer (June 2010)
  • Grant T. Collins & Penelope J. Phillips, Drafting Disciplinary Memos, Discipline and Discharge Handbook (Minnesota CLE 2010)
  • Grant T. Collins & Penelope J. Phillips, Overview of Reasonable Accommodation and the Shifting Emphasis from Who is Disabled to Who Can Work, 34 Hamline L. Rev. 469 (2011)
  • Grant T. Collins & Sara G. McGrane, Retaliation: Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory, 2012 Felhaber Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Oct. 2012)
  • Grant T. Collins & Sara G. McGrane, Workplace Social Networking – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, West Central Minnesota Employment Law Update, Alexandria, Minnesota (May 2012)
  • Grant T. Collins & Sara G. McGrane, Your Tweeting Workforce, 2011 Felhaber Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Nov. 2012)
  • Grant T. Collins & Jessica M. Marsh, Labor Law Update: The Obama Board and Beyond, Paramount Seminar, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Aug. 2010)


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Legal Writing Instructor
  • Child Neurology Foundation (Steering Committee)
  • MAP for Nonprofits (Volunteer)


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