Celia J Collins



Direct: (251) 441-9241
Fax: (251) 432-2800

P.O. Box 1988
Mobile, AL 36633

Attorney Assistant

Brenda Stapleton
Phone : (251) 441-9297


Candy Knickerbocker
Phone : (251) 441-9256


1980, Alabama State Bar

1981, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits

Ms. Celia J. Collins

Celia Collins is sought after by company CEOs, owners and general counsel for comprehensive labor and employment services from advisory, policy design and training to litigation. Known for going above and beyond for every client – unionized or not – she has a broad range of industry experience, including healthcare, shipbuilding, fast food/service, prisons, manufacturing and others.

On the ground in South Alabama, Celia represents clients on their most challenging issues, such as Affordable Care Act compliance, terminating employees in a protected class, discrimination and harassment claims, union attacks and return to work issues. Such matters often don’t surface during business hours; Celia is known for being available around the clock.

Other important areas where Celia’s assistance proves invaluable include the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), FLSA/wage and hour, internal investigations, EEOC, OSHA and NLRB administrative matters, executive severance issues, and non-compete agreements. Celia is also known for her civil rights work related to Fair Housing Discrimination Claims.

Celia has extensive experience litigating in all areas of employment law, including Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FMLA, NLRA, state law contract and tort claims, FLSA, ERISA, workers’ compensation, and unemployment.

Celia is a Past Chair of the Alabama State Bar Labor and Employment Section and is recognized by Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers in Employment Law, Labor Law and Workers’ Compensation Law. Celia has been recognized by Best Lawyers as 2018 Mobile Labor Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” and has been previously recognized by Best Lawyers as Mobile “Lawyer of the Year” in Management Employment Law and Employment Litigation Defense.


Chapter Author, “Employment Law 2015, Top Lawyers on Trends and Key Strategies for the Upcoming Year” (Thompson Reuters / Aspatore 2015).

Alabama Contributor, “Defending Workplace Injury Cases” (Thompson Reuters 2013).

“What CEO’s Need to Know Before Firing an Employee: Legal Do’s and Don’ts” (CD-Rom ExecSense Webinars 2010).

Supers Lawyers Announcement

Celia J. Collins and Elizabeth Darby Rehm have both been named as 2022 Mid-South Super Lawyers in the category of Employment and Labor Law. Each year, no more than 5% of lawyers in the Mid-South are selected for this honor. In Mobile, only three Super Lawyers who practice employment on behalf of employers were named in the Employment and Labor Law category for 2022, and Johnstone Adams is pleased to have two of them. Celia J. Collins was also named as a 2022 Mid-South Top 50 Women practicing law. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.


  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • Designated by Super Lawyers in the areas of Employment and Labor and Workers’ Compensation
  • 2014, Designated by Best Lawyers as Mobile Lawyer of the Year in Workers’ Compensation – Employers
  • 2016, Mobile Bar Association Women Lawyers Trailblazer Award
  • 2017, Designated by Best Lawyers as Mobile Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law – Management
  • 2018, Designated by Best Lawyers as Mobile Lawyer of the Year in Labor Law – Management
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