Linda’s practice covers the general legal representation of all types of local governments and non-profit corporations providing a quasi-municipal service, with a focus on fully developed and active special districts (park and recreation, water and sanitation and fire services). In addition to having an active general counsel practice, Linda also devotes a good percentage of her practice to assisting Firm clients and providing special counsel representation on pre-litigation employment and personnel matters, including helping employers assess potential claims and provide responses to administrative agency requests, including the Department of Labor, EEOC and unemployment division. Linda is a frequent speaker for the Special District Association (SDA) on topics involving employment laws, the best management practices for establishing a working relationship between a governing board and the public and staff, and various topics related to fire service consolidation, pensions, and other complex issues unique to special districts who provide municipal services through their own staff. Linda has practiced with Collins Cockrel & Cole for fifteen years, the last ten of which she has been a shareholder with the Firm.
Prior to joining CC&C, Linda gained valuable corporate experience working with the Schwinn/GT Corporation in Boulder (yes, the bicycle and fitness company) as Assistant General Counsel and then General Counsel in bankruptcy. While the day to day operations of a corporate entity proved not to be “her thing,” the lessons learned about disbanding assets in bankruptcy, including not just the physical assets but also the reduction in a large workforce and the emotional impact of change, have stayed with her into her current employment practice. Linda has a “whole agency” approach to employment representation and counseling employers as a result. You will frequently hear her analyze a complex employment matter by assessing the impact on the whole organization, as well as assessing the individual and the department she is considering. Some of that insight can no doubt also be attributed to Linda’s first job as a new lawyer, which she describes as nothing short of a perfect fit. At the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool (TML-IRP) Linda had the valuable opportunity to assess claims and write insurance coverage documents, study governmental immunity and liability issues, and directly counsel hundreds of employers in her six years as Staff Attorney through the loss prevention based, “Call Before You Fire” telephone hotline, and through various public speaking engagements throughout Texas.
Linda received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Political Science from Trinity University and her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, and remains licensed to practice law in both Colorado and Texas. While that might make her sound like a Texas native, she spent her whole childhood in the Denver suburbs. She attended Cherry Creek High School where she was on the girls’ swim team and participated as the editor of the center section of the Union Street Journal newspaper, and as a Second Alto in various honors choirs including the Meistersingers. If you spend time around Linda you will realize that she still loves music and the outdoors of Colorado, and manages to make it to more than her share of live music venues and yoga events, frequently with one of her three teenagers. Linda is an avid supporter of the arts as a result of those teens, who are video cinema and visual arts students at the Denver School of the Arts. When Linda isn’t hanging with her kids, you might spot her hiking one of Colorado’s hundreds of gorgeous hiking trails or skiing one of its classic resorts, practicing yoga in one of many local yoga studios or festivals in Colorado, or traveling somewhere else in the West.