Bobbie  J. Collins

Bobbie J. Collins

Associate
bcollins@lrrc.com vCard
719.386.3016 CO
505.764.5416 NM
505.764.5480 fax NM
90 South Cascade Avenue
Suite 1100
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
201 Third Street NW
Suite 1950
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Bobbie Collins assists clients with a variety of business transactions, with a focus on taxation, real estate and financial services litigation. Her prior New Mexico Real Estate Associate Broker’s License and Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation make her uniquely suited to understand the motivations, regulatory constraints, risk management needs, and advanced financial and tax literacy for her clients. Her background as a prosecutor who tried crimes as serious as attempted premeditated murder also makes her a tough litigator who can handle the pressure of high stakes complex litigation.

In taxation matters, Bobbie represents nonprofit organizations, including state nonprofit formation, initial exemption determinations, state compliance, joint ventures with for-profit organizations, unrelated business income, and various operations matters. Bobbie also has experience with corporate taxation, partnerships, and limited liability companies, including formation, mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations, and operational issues. She has also represented clients in advising on tax-deferred Section 1031 Like-Kind Exchanges.

Bobbie represents real estate developers, landowners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, real estate brokers, landlords, tenants, lenders, and loan servicing companies. She represents buyers and sellers in various purchase and sale transactions, including stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions, acquisition and development of commercial real estate. She also represents clients with loan document review, title matters, receiverships and foreclosures. She has represented clients involving a wide spectrum of types of commercial properties including industrial, multi-family housing, vacant land, hotels, conservation easements, shopping centers, office parks, acequias, special purpose, and proposed developments. Whether parties get into disputes during the construction of improvements to property, in the middle of contract negotiations, or years later when relationships deteriorate or developments fail, Bobbie can help clients resolve conflicts quicker. Bobbie’s prior real estate broker’s license, transactions experience, and involvement in the commercial real estate industry helps her stay up to date on matters affecting commercial real estate and uses this information real-time to help clients reach resolutions.

She also represents national, regional, and local banks and credit unions, mortgage lenders, credit card companies, consumer finance companies, and other financial institutions in disputes related to financial services. These cases typically involve disputes related to real estate title claims, lender liability, account discrepancies, and borrower disputes. Bobbie’s tax background has made her experienced at reading, reviewing, and analyzing account records, financial statements, and tax returns to help clients identify case strengths and weaknesses quicker than her opposing counsel.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • New Mexico Real Estate Associate Broker's License, Previous New Mexico Real Estate Associate Broker Licensee, 2014-2018
  • Commercial Real Estate Women CREW, Chair, Communications Committee, New Mexico Chapter
  • New Mexico Association of Commerce & Industry, Director
  • United Way of Central New Mexico, Director
  • • New Mexico Legal Aid Low Income Taxpayer Pro Bono Panel, Member
  • State Bar of New Mexico, Past Chair and Director of Taxation Section; Member of Real Property, Trusts, and Estates Section
  • American Bar Association, Member of Taxation and Real Property, Trusts, and Estates Sections; Young Lawyers Division Liaison to Standing Committee on Legal Assistance to Military Personnel
  • New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association, Former Member, Board of Editors
  • Military Spouse JD Network, Chair, Military Spouse Club Project Team; Member, New Mexico Rule Change Committee

Representative Matters

Taxation Experience

  • Preparation of opinion letters and advice related to Section 1031 Like-Kind Exchanges and the use of disregarded entities
  • Representation of nonprofit entities in obtaining federal tax exemption as Section 501(c)(3) entities
  • Advising nonprofit entities on permissible lobbying and political activities
  • Representation of clients in federal and state tax protest matters and audits
  • Preparation and revision of bylaws for nonprofit entities
  • Filing of state attorney general charitable registration reports for nonprofit clients
  • Advising corporate clients on federal tax consequences associated with dissolution
  • Advising corporate clients on federal and state tax consequences associated with stock and asset purchases
  • Advising clients on the consequences of generation skipping tax for estate planning

Real Estate Experience

  • Reviewing more than $130 million in residential mortgage loans and title documents as local counsel
  • Representation of clients in Section 1031 Like-Kind Exchanges involving the sale and acquisition of multiple office, special use and multi-family properties
  • Representation of owner in clearing title for industrial property involving unenforceable mortgages and encumbrances, special use taxes and unassessed parcels of property
  • Representation of commercial landlords in breach of lease litigation
  • Representation of shopping center landlord in litigation alleging Americans with Disabilities Act violations; case was dismissed as part of nearly 100 similar cases filed in federal court
  • Representation of governmental entity in water rights protest appeal litigation related to proposed agricultural, residential and commercial development in New Mexico
  • Representation of landowner of property subject to a conservation easement in quiet title claim related to an alleged lease in perpetuity
  • Representation of materials supplier in lien foreclosure
  • Representation of general contractor in construction contract arbitration brought against subcontractor related to delays at nearly ten project sites
  • Representation of investment property owner in trespassing suit brought by acequia association related to alleged obstruction of historic ditch on property
  • Representation of acequia association in defense of negligence, erosion, and trespass suit brought by adjacent commercial landowner alleging erosion of the historic ditch; case was dismissed after the grant of a Motion for Summary Judgment
  • Representation of a broker in a malpractice matter before the New Mexico Real Estate Commission
  • Drafted briefing for a slander of title case brought against infrastructure contractor linked to multiple cases filed in Colorado and New Mexico, leading to the grant of a Motion for Summary Judgment and settlement

Financial Services Experience

  • Representation of loan servicer in quiet title case brought in federal court following landowner’s purchase of title immediately preceding foreclosure sale in state court; case was dismissed
  • Representation of large national banks in FCRA and FDCPA claims brought by consumers concerning credit card agreements
  • Representation of credit union in defense of claims brought by estate involving disbursement of account funds following the death of signatory to a commercial account; case was dismissed
  • Representation of large national bank in matter concerning validity of Transfer on Death designations
  • Representation of loan servicer in lender liability claims involving environmental disclosures
  • Representation of borrower in RESPA request against loan servicer concerning escrow payments
  • Representation of loan servicer in commercial foreclosure and receivership matter involving large shopping centers and office parks
  • Representation of large national bank in account-related fraud litigation’
  • Representation of consumer vehicle loan servicer in borrower disputes against dealership and loan servicer

Related News

04/23/2018
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Southwest Super Lawyers® and Southwest Rising Stars®
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie announced 25 attorneys have been recognized as 2018 Southwest Super Lawyers® and 13 attorneys have been named as 2018 Southwest Rising Stars®.
04/05/2018
Service to Military Families Earns Collins Distinguished 40 Under Forty Award
Bobbie Collins recognized as one of Albuquerque Business First's 40 Under Forty award winners for 2018
11/21/2017
Military Spouse Network Honors Bobbie Collins with Volunteer Service Award
Making life and employment easier for active military families
5/11/2017
Kirtland Spouses' Club names scholarship after local attorney
Bobbie Collins Scholarship will benefit military spouses' educational aspirations
04/04/2017
DeWald, Freeman share John P. Frank Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award
59 attorneys earn recognition for providing more than 50 pro bono hours in 2016
12/21/2016
Collins completes Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation program
Attorney in firm's Albuquerque office builds tax, real estate and litigation practices
03/16/2016
Collins joins Litigation practice group in Albuquerque
Associate will focus on complex civil litigation, real estate and taxation law

Presentations

  • Presenter, "Title Search and Examination Fundamentals," National Business Institute CLE Seminar: Title Law From Start to Finish, November 2017
  • Guest Lecturer, “Legal Issues for Public Health Managers”, “Contract Management”, and “Legal Requirements for 501(c)(3)s,” University of New Mexico Public Health and Healthcare Management Graduate Course, November 2017
  • Co-Presenter, “How to Ethically Negotiate Tax Allocation Provisions in Settlement Agreements,” New Mexico State Bar’s Bench & Bar Conference, July 2017
  • Presenter, “Incorporation Process,” National Business Institute CLE Seminar Tax Exempt Organizations From Start to Finish, June 2017
  • Presenter, “Establishing Tax-Exempt Status with the IRS,” National Business Institute CLE Seminar Tax Exempt Organizations From Start to Finish, June 2017
  • Presenter, “Advising on Operational Issues,” National Business Institute CLE Seminar Tax Exempt Organizations From Start to Finish, June 2017
  • Presenter, “Employment Issues,” National Business Institute CLE Seminar Ultimate Guide to Tax Exempt Organizations in New Mexico, June 2016
  • Presenter, “Articles of Organization” and “Ethics for Representing LLCs,” National Business Institute, CLE Seminar LLC Workshop: Choose, Draft and Maintain, December 2015

Publications

  • Author, "Free Speech for Mall Owners: How Public is Private Speech?," Colorado Real Estate Journal, December 2012
  • Author, "Real Estate Clause Du Jour: Force Majeure," COBizMagazine, September 2012
  • Author, "Why Does the U.S. Have Universal Social Insurance," University of Colorado Honors Thesis, May 2007

Distinctions

  • 40 Under Forty - Albuquerque Business First, 2018
  • Southwest Super Lawyers - Rising Star, 2016-17
  • 2017 Volunteer Service Award, Military Spouse JD Network
  • Namesake of Kirtland Spouses' Welfare Club's "Ms. Bobbie Collins Spouse Scholarship"
  • Partial and full law school tuition recipient from the Stanton D. Rosenbaum Scholarship and Charles F. Brannon Memorial Fund Scholarship
  • Presidents Leadership Class Scholar - University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Phi Beta Kappa Member

Other Info

Education

LL.M., University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, 2016, (Tax)
J.D., University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, 2010
B.A., magna cum laude, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2007, Political Science

Bar Admissions

New Mexico, 2013
Colorado, 2010

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, New Mexico, 2013
U.S. Tax Court, 2013