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Elwood F. Collins



335 Madison Avenue
9th Floor
New York, NY 10017

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Meet Woody Collins

I am a transactional lawyer and a problem solver, adept at using my broad knowledge and expertise to resolve complex situations and transactions.  I have extensive experience in the areas of commercial real estate, mortgage finance, asset-based lending, structured finance and securitization.  

I began my career as a commercial real estate lawyer representing shopping center and office building developers and major tenants.  Over time, my practice expanded into mortgage finance, asset-based lending, structured finance and securitization.  I have represented landlords and tenants, borrowers and lenders, purchasers and sellers of real property and other types of assets, and issuers and underwriters.  I represented the original XFL Football League in the negotiation of all its stadium agreements.  In 1993, I handled the first ever securitization of real estate tax liens, and for more than two decades I acted as counsel to the underwriters in the New York City Tax Lien Securitization Program.

I spent more than 40 years in private practice with five major law firms, and was a partner at four of those firms.  I was the managing partner of the New York office of an AmLaw 100 firm for more than a decade.  Most recently, I served as General Counsel of a privately held holding company, whose principal subsidiary was a major originator and servicer of single-family mortgage loans.  A significant portion of my time involved the sale of the holding company to a public mortgage REIT.

I've been a rabid rock music fan for decades.  I currently host a weekly two hour music program called Trawling the Decades, on WCWP Radio, the public radio station of LIU/Post.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate
  • General Corporate
  • Finance/Structured Finance

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1972
  • Florida, 1979


  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York
    • J.D. - 1971
  • Fordham College, Bronx, New York
    • B.A. - 1968
    • Major: English

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Florida Bar, Member, 1979 to Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Shellpoint Partners, General Counsel, 2017 to 2018
  • K & L Gates, Partner, 1999 to 2017


  • English