Anne L. Collins
Partner | Sacramento
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OverviewAnne L. Collins is a Partner in Lozano Smith's Sacramento office and serves as co-chair of the firm's Governance Practice Group. Ms. Collins is an experienced attorney who specializes in various areas of public agency law, including litigation, board governance, and facilities and business matters. Ms. Collins' extensive general counsel and litigation experience helps public agency clients effectively and efficiently navigate and resolve legal issues ranging from the routine to the novel and nuanced.
Ms. Collins' areas of expertise include:
- Litigation in the areas of eminent domain, writs, and contractor disputes;
- Construction contracting, claims, bidding, and alternative delivery methods;
- Brown Act, Public Records Act, conflicts of interest, and ethics;
- Contract procurement, and negotiations; and
- Real property disposition, acquisition, CEQA, and developer fees.
Litigation ExperienceMs. Collins regularly manages complex litigation for school districts, special districts, and other public agencies. She has managed several cases through jury trial, presented oral arguments at the Court of Appeal and drafted and argued numerous motions for summary judgment.
Presenter ExperienceMs. Collins is a highly sought-after presenter and regularly conducts workshops and presentations for numerous statewide associations and clients covering conventional and groundbreaking topics.
- Association of California School Administrators (ACSA)
- California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO)
- California Special Districts Association (CSDA)
- Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH)
- Fire Districts Association of California (FDAC)
- Small School Districts Association (SSDA)
- Brown Act, Public Records Act, and AB 1234
- Construction 101
- Contracting with Confidence
- Legal Developments Affecting Local Public Works Projects
- Masterclass in the Lease-Leaseback Procurement Process
- New World of Fraudulent Activities in Schools
- Public Works Bidding
- Purchasing 101 and 102
- Records Retention
- Technology Legal Issues
- Using Facilities and Property to Generate Revenue
EducationMs. Collins received her law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. As a law student, she earned top honors and received the Capital City Trial Lawyers Association Award. She also received the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Student Advocacy Award. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
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- In Anderson Union High School District v. Shasta Secondary Home School (2016) 4 Cal.App.5th 262, Ms. Collins was part of the Lozano Smith litigation team that successfully argued, in a case of first impression, that the geographic and site limitations of the Charter Schools Act (Ed. Code, § 47600 et seq.) are applicable to all charter schools, including "nonclassroom-based" programs.