Dana L. Collins practices before state and federal courts and administrative agencies primarily in the areas of education, insurance and employment law. Her representation of school districts throughout the state includes work on a wide range of issues including civil rights, employment discrimination and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, among others. Dana represents a number of employers in EEOC and OCR matters and labor arbitrations. Dana is also a trained mediator, having completed Mediation Training at Just Solutions.
Ms. Collins has been a featured speaker at several seminars on the topic of education law and has been involved in significant court decisions in this area. Ms. Collins recently successfully defended a Kentucky school district in class action litigation challenging single sex classes.
Following law school, Ms. Collins clerked for former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Charles M. Leibson. This experience gives her additional insight into appellate arguments and briefing.
Honors & Awards
- Kentucky Super Lawyer® for Schools and Education in 2013-2017
- Top 25: 2015 Women Kentucky Super Lawyers
- Nelson v. Turner, Ky., which defined teachers’ obligations under the Kentucky child abuse reporting statute and clarified the issue of qualified governmental immunity for government employees
- Cornett v. Jefferson Cty. Bd. of Educ., Ky., which confirmed a school board’s right to conduct drug testing of its school bus drivers
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Professional & Community Activities
Princeton Alumni Schools Committee, Member
Louisville Collegiate School Alumni Board
Kentucky Council of School Board Attorneys, Former President
- Clerk, Former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Charles M. Leibson
- U. S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
- U. S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, J.D., 1992
Princeton University, A.B., 1989