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about ann mccollum

Ann is a general practice attorney in New Mexico, with a focus on criminal defense, personal injury, and recreation law. She also provides contract legal support for firms and solo practitioners in research and writing, motions practice, pre-trial and trial litigation, and policy review and drafting. Ann serves as an expert witness for issues related to program risk management in summer camps and schools. 

Ann's legal and consulting services for schools and camps are grounded in 20+ years as an independent school and experiential educator and leader with 100+ weeks leading adolescents and adults in the field.  

We offer a range of legal and consulting services, all designed to help you address challenges inherent in managing your program's risk and legal exposure.  

Whether you are looking for a small tweak or complete overhaul, we have you covered. Our services are available a la carte so you can get precisely what you need.


  • University of New Mexico School of Law, J.D., 2016, cum laude
  • University of Virginia, Curry School of Education, M.Ed., 1993
  • Middlebury College (Vermont), B.A., 1986


  • McCollum Law and Consulting, LLC, 2018-present
  • Adams Crow Law Firm, 2017-2018
  • Matthews Fox, PC, 2016-2017
  • Montgomery & Andrews, PC, summer 2015​

Admission to Practice Law

  • New Mexico
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, New Mexico
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Associations

  • New Mexico Bar Association
  • New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Colorado Bar Association

Education Professional -- Independent School Administrator and Faculty, 18 years 

Cyclist -- road, gravel, commuter, and endurance/adventure cyclist

  • Avid New Mexico cyclist including local event participation (Law Enforcement Memorial Ride, Day of the Tread, MS 150, Balloon Fiesta)
  • RAGBRAI (x4); Cycled across Tibet (2018); Tour of the Moon; Elephant Rock Ride; Copper Triangle; Ride the Rockies

Outdoor/Experiential Education

  • NOLS Graduate, National Outdoor Leadership School Instructors Course and Alaska Mountaineering Course
  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) (certification not current)
  • Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (certification not current)
  • Backcountry Leader, over 100 weeks in the field leading adolescents on multi-day trips in mountain, desert, and river environments, including backpacking, hiking, climbing, canoeing, whitewater kayaking, high and low ropes, initiative games
  • Summer Camp Administrator and Backcountry Counselor, 11 years
  • Experiential Program Administrator, integrated curricular experiential program for high school seniors; required transitional experiences into the world of college and work through internships, mentorships, seminars, and independent projects.

Accreditation Reviewer

  • Association of Experiential Education (AEE)
  • Independent School Association of the Southwest (ISAS),
  • Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS)

Trained Facilitator

  • Alpine Tower and Team Development Course (high and low ropes courses), including special needs facilitation

Conference Presenter

  • New Mexico Children's Law Institute
  • NBI, Continuing Legal Education
  • Wilderness Risk Managers Conference (WRMC)
  • National Business Officers Association (NBOA, Webinar, Symposium)
  • Mid-States Independent School Business Officers (MISBO)
  • Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)
  • Independent School Association of the Southwest (ISAS)
  • Independent School Association of the Southwest, Business Officers
  • California Independent School Business Officers Association (Cal-ISBOA)
  • The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) Risk Management Conference
  • Association of Experiential Education International Conference (AEE)
  • Association of Experiential Education Rocky Mountain Region Conference (AEE RMR)
  • American Camp Association (ACA)
  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC)

Board and Committee Membership

  • Trustee, John Austin Cheley Foundation (2020-present)
  • Trustee, Center for Spirituality and Ethics in Education (CSEE) (2010 - 2019)
  • American Camp Association, National Standards Commission (2011-2016)
  • Committee Member, John Austin Cheley Foundation (2009-2013)

High altitude and remote trekking in Nepal and India Himalaya

Training Consultant
Training backcountry staff in backcountry practices, leadership, natural history, ethics, Leave No Trace, risk management, group management.

Avid road cyclist and Zwifter!