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Rachel Kitze Collins

2019 Up & Coming Attorneys: Rachel Kitze Collins

Only four years into the profession, Rachel Kitze Collins has shown a knack for taking on high-pressure cases and zeroing in on the nuances of complicated legal matters.

After clerking for an 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge, Collins joined Lockridge and immediately became immersed in its environmental, constitutional and employment litigation practices.

“I kind of drifted into law,” she said. “I majored in environmental studies and political science, and I spent a semester in Washington, D.C. That convinced me that law school was the way to pursue my interest in environmental law.”

Collins says she likes to work on complex, high-profile litigation. One example is her work representing the Metropolitan Council in litigation regarding the environmental review of the Southwest Light Rail Transit line. As part of that, Collins took a lead role in briefing the cross-appeal to the 8th Circuit, where her client got a favorable ruling.

“That ruling allows a really important regional transit project to move forward,” she said.

In her employment practice, Collins has represented classes of delivery drivers in five states who are seeking overtime payments and reimbursement of wage deductions arising from their misclassification as independent contractors. She researched and prepared complaints, as well as deposing several high-level managers. The legal team representing the plaintiffs has successfully settled two of the six cases, and has achieved class certification in three other cases.

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