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Steven T. Collis

Associate, Holland & Hart

Mr. Collis is chair of Holland & Hart’s Religious Institutions and First Amendment practice group and a member of the firm’s complex civil litigation and labor and employment groups. He advises and assists businesses, individuals, and religious institutions nationwide with compliance and litigation needs, including in the United States Supreme Court. Tech startups, Fortune 500 companies, major presidential campaigns, worldwide faith-based charities and ministries, ski companies, ski industry nonprofits, First Amendment scholars, and individuals have all sought Mr. Collis’s counsel and representation.

Religious Institutions and First Amendment Practice: Mr. Collis counsels religious institutions, school districts, and traditional employers regarding a broad range of issues, including those arising under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses of the Federal Constitution, their state analogues, and other key legal doctrines specific to the intersection of religion and law. He understands the unique missions of religious institutions, as well as the distinctive challenges and legal doctrines that affect them.

Complex Civil Litigation: Mr. Collis also helps businesses and individuals navigate complex civil disputes. He has extensive experience in the courtroom, including two dozen jury and bench trials, and he regularly and successfully litigates cases involving the Colorado Ski Safety Act, land disputes, ERISA, the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, commercial contract disputes, insurance bad faith law, and state and federal employment laws. A former Tenth Circuit clerk to Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich, he has briefed, argued, and won cases in the Ninth and Tenth Circuits and the Colorado Court of Appeals.

Education
  • University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 2008)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (M.F.A., 2006)
  • Brigham Young University (B.A., 2003)

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Publications and Multimedia
Stormans v. Wiesman: Paths to Strict Scrutiny in Religious Free Exercise Cases
Federalist Society Review, Volume 17, Issue 2
May 11, 2016