Bobbie  J. Collins

Bobbie J. Collins

Associate
bcollins@lrrc.com vCard
719.386.3016
719.386.3070 fax
90 South Cascade Avenue
Suite 1100
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Bobbie Collins assists clients with a variety of business transactions, with a focus on taxation and real estate. Her prior experience as a litigator, licensure as a New Mexico Real Estate Associate Broker, 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.

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 business sales structured as stock and asset acquisitions which include commercial real estate. She has experience representing 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. Bobbie’s prior real estate broker’s license 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.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Southern Colorado Commercial Brokers, Affiliate Member, 2019-present
  • Southern Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce, Member, 2019-present
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Member, Finance Committee, CREW Network, 2019; Chair, Communications Committee, New Mexico Chapter, 2018
  • Military Spouse JD Network, Founder and Co-Chair, Military Spouse Club Project Team, 2017-present; Member, New Mexico Rule Change Committee, 2016-present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member of Taxation and Real Estate Sections, 2019
  • American Bar Association, Member of Taxation and Real Property, Trusts, and Estates Sections, 2015-present
  • New Mexico Real Estate Associate Broker, 2014-2018
  • New Mexico Association of Commerce & Industry, Director, 2016-2018
  • United Way of Central New Mexico, Director, 2016-2018
  • New Mexico Legal Aid Low Income Taxpayer Pro Bono Panel, Member, 2017
  • State Bar of New Mexico, Past Chair and Director of Taxation Section, 2014-2018; Member of Real Property, Trusts, and Estates Section, 2013-2018

Representative Matters

Taxation Experience

  • Advising on foreign investor with Colorado-based operations on choice of entity and international tax treaty benefits
  • Advising religious institution on income generation strategies for unrelated business and endowment fund
  • Advising nonprofit on distribution of donor-restricted funds
  • 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

  • Advising charter schools on lease matters involving the issuance of bonds through a building corporation
  • 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

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

  • Co-Presenter, “Solving the International Expansion Puzzle – Sustain Your Company’s Global Footprint and Expand Your Business Into Key Markets,” Outdoor University, Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, June 2019
  • Co-Presenter, “Hot Topics on Income Generation for Non-Profits: Legal Considerations for Non-Profit Fundraising as a Result of Social and Technological Changes,” Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP Nonprofit Innovation & Disruption Seminar, February 2019
  • Moderator, “Panel Discussion with Non-Profit Leaders on Innovation and Disruption in the Industry,” Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP Nonprofit Innovation & Disruption Seminar, February 2019
  • Co-Presenter, “South Dakota v. Wayfair, et al.” Colorado Springs Supreme Court Group CLE, September 2018
  • 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, 2016-2019
  • 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