Jaimmé Collins joined Adams and Reese in 2008 after practicing for several years at an all litigation firm. She focuses her practice in the areas of commercial litigation and general business. Jaimmé frequently works on cases involving contract disputes, disputes between corporate directors and shareholders, property disputes, commercial insurance disputes, toxic torts, products liability, medical malpractice and personal injury.
She has handled energy claims involving oilfield environmental contamination, joint-venture contract disputes between oil and gas operators as well as multidistrict litigation. In addition to litigating claims, Jaimmé regularly advises clients on contractual and general business issues as well as compliance issues related to government regulatory agencies. She has investigated numerous sensitive internal allegations and is experienced in quickly assessing risks and managing the response with clients by working with investigating governmental authorities, the media and outside consultants.
Her other significant contributions include:
- Serving as general counsel to various Boards of Directors.
- Lobbying for or against legislation that impacts education across Louisiana, particularly legislation affecting charter schools.
- Representing Local Education Agencies as it relates to compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Equal Education Opportunities Act of 1974, and student privacy issues.
- Using her diverse career experience, business experience and general litigation experience, to bring effective strategies that ultimately resolve matters or limit the liability exposure that a corporation may face.
- Using her experience working on Capitol Hill and in the White House to contribute to the firm’s government relations efforts.
Jaimmé serves as the Chair of the Adams and Reese Diversity Committee. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Children’s Bureau of New Orleans – an agency dedicated to offering free mental health services exclusively to children.
In 2014, Jaimmé received the Urban League Empowerment Award from the National Urban League, and in 2013 she was honored with the National Diversity Council's Glass Ceiling Award, for her diversity efforts and leadership in the workplace. In 2011, she received "Women of the Year" honors from New Orleans CityBusiness, and she received the Karl Connor Award from the A.P. Tureaud Chapter of the Black Law Students Association at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.
Jaimmé earned her J.D. from Loyola University Law School where she served on the Moot Court Board and coached the Mardi Gras and Pepperdine Moot Court Teams. While at Emory University, she also served as President of its National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) chapter. Prior to her becoming a lawyer, Jaimmé worked in the Clinton Administration in the Office of Political Affairs. She later moved back home to New Orleans to work for United States Senator Mary Landrieu.
Professionally, Jaimmé admires her father. He became a lawyer during a time when African-American males were not allowed to work in large law firms. Instead, African-American lawyers were forced to open their own offices and learn the practice of law without the resources and mentors that a large firm could offer. Through his success and experience, her father taught her that the profession of law is a noble profession and that she should always remain a student of the law — humbled by the law, but always eager to immerse herself in it.
Jaimmé loves football. She fell in love with the Saints during the “Dome Patrol” days when she was a kid. Her parents used to take her to the games and — as one of six kids — she cherished any one-on-one time with a parent. She credits that for her love of the game.