Anne L. Collins is a Partner in Lozano Smith's Sacramento office and serves as co-chair of the firm's Governance Practice Group. She is an experienced litigator, managing complex litigation for school districts, special districts with a focus on fire protection districts and other public agency clients. Ms. Collins' representation is sought in a variety of areas of litigation, including facilities and business, charter school issues and labor and employment. She has managed several cases through jury trial, drafted and argued numerous motions for summary judgment and successfully argued before the California Court of Appeal for the First District. She also routinely advises clients on general legal strategies to achieve successful results in a range of subject matters including employee complaints, special education disputes and contract negotiations.
Ms. Collins has presented at various events including the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH), the Small School Districts Association (SSDA) and Lozano Smith's Facilities and Business workshops and webinars.
Ms. 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.
*** UPDATED AS OF 3/27/20 *****This Client News Brief (CNB) supersedes and replaces the prior CNB on this topic based on the new Executive Orders and public health officer directives.March 2020Number 13BackgroundWith growing concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), many public agencies are closely monitoring guidance and updates from health and science officials. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...
November 2019Number 65Governor Gavin Newsom has signed two laws that will impact public works contracts in California. Assembly Bill (AB) 456 extends the operative date for the current contractor claims resolution process to January 1, 2027. AB 1768 expands the definition of "public works" for purposes of paying prevailing wage, regulating working hours, and securing worker's compensation.AB 456The law as currently stated in Public Contract Code section 9204 prescribes a claims resolution pro...
November 2018Number 71The California Legislature has amended the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in an effort to clarify a lead agency's ability to consider both the broad benefits of a project and the negative impacts of denying the project when evaluating environmental impacts.Under existing law, CEQA requires state and local agencies to assess the environmental impacts of projects they undertake. Unless an exception applies, the lead agency on the project must prepare one of th...
Senate Bill (SB) 96, passed this June as part of the California state budget, contains provisions designed to encourage more contractors to participate on small public works projects.
Public works projects under $25,000 and maintenance projects under $15,000 are now exempt from the requirements of the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) registration program. The new law also permits contractors to register for up to three years in advance and imposes new penalt...
A California appellate court has held that a public entity violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by preparing an addendum to a mitigated negative declaration. In Friends of the College of San Mateo Gardens v. San Mateo County Community College District (2017) 11 Cal.App.5th 596, the court found that proposed changes to the District's original facilities project might have a significant effect on the environment, requiring further analysis, rather tha...
Host Devon Lincoln talks with Lozano Smith partners Mary Lerner and Anne Collins, co-chairs of the firm’s Governance Practice Group, about the basics that every newly elected member of a local agency governing body should know when assuming office. This podcast isn’t just for newly electeds – it’s full of information for public officials, local agency staff, and members of the voting public too.