About Us

Our Firm


Stephen. D. Bass & Associates is a full service collections law firm with two licensed attorneys and a full time legal assistant. We are located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but practice law throughout the state. With over 20 years of experience, this law firm leads the commercial law field in the state with knowledge, skills, and expertise. We offer clients a broad range of legal sevices, including providing demand letters, negotiating and settling claims, and litigating cases throughout the state.


We also serve as local agency manager for several out-of-state collection agencies. Stephen Bass is registered with the State of New Mexico Finance Department as a local agency manager, and he offers reasonable rates.



What Sets Us Apart


During normal business hours, you will always be able to reach our office and speak directly to your attorney or paralegal who will be able to address your questions, concerns, or needs. We strive to maintain strong communications with clients, including consistently reporting on the status of a case, so you can receive the information you need as soon as possible. We accommodate requests for immedate disbursement of collections whenever possible. Normally, we disburse every Friday following receipt of a collected debt. Our firm abides by federal laws and practices and has never been in violation of governing rules. Clients can trust and rely on our firm to meet their goals and objectives using the greatest level of diligence and professionalism.


Stephen D. Bass, Attorney at Law

Stephen Bass is a licensed attorney in the state of New Mexico and has been an active member of the New Mexico Bar Association since 1980. He attended the University of New Mexico where he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees. He graduated from the UNM School of Law with Juris Doctor degree in 1980. In 1987, Mr. Bass started his own law practice in the field of commercial collections law. He has been a leading collections attorney in New Mexico for over 20 years and has built an outstanding reputation among his colleagues, clients, and in the legal system. He has been an active member of the Commercial Law League of America (CLLA) since 1987 and has expanded his practice to include collecting retail debt, business law, and real estate law.


Mr. Bass has always been active in the community. He has been a member of the Kiwanis club in Albuquerque for 30 years. He has also been the proprietor of two very popular and successful restaurants/bars in Albuquerque in the last 20 years. In addition to extensive expertise in the legal profession, Mr. Bass is a highly skilled business man.


Justine Bass Hines, Attorney at Law

Justine Bass Hines graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2012 with a Juris Doctor degree. She is licensed to practice law in New Mexico and is a member of the New Mexico Bar Association. She attended the University of Texas at Austin for her undergraduate degree, and the American University School of International Service in Washington, D.C., for her graduate degree. 
Prior to law school, she worked in Washington, D.C., as a government contractor for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the fields of counterterrorism and national preparedness.



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Practice Areas


Commercial and Retail Collections


Commercial debt collection is our primary area of legal practice. Our firm excels in aggressive debt collection while abiding by federal and state collection laws. Our attorneys are well versed in the Federal Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). We ensure the strict requirements of the FDCPA are met for all affected clients.


We will assist clients in all aspects of collections from demand letters to lawsuits. For more information on the services we provide clients in collections, please refer to Client Services.


Business Law


We provide legal advice and assistance for small business needs, such as document drafting and review, small business start-up, incorporation or dissolution, and partnership agreements. For more information on the services we provide clients in small business law, please refer to Client Services.



Real Estate Law

We assist buyers and sellers with commercial and residential real estate contract development and/or review For more information on the real estate services we provide clients, please refer to Client Services

Legal Assistant

Jasmine M. Shula

Jasmine Shula is a skilled legal assistant with more than 10 years experience in the legal field. Ms. Shula was born in Arizona, but grew up in Gallup, New Mexico.

Ms. Shula worked for an insurance defense firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for several years before working for a well-known personal injury attorney. She also worked for a criminal defense law firm in Tucson, Arizona. After six years in the personal injury legal field, Ms. Shula began working for a general law practitioner, where she took on new challenges. She has now been working for Stephen D. Bass as his legal assistant for more than a year undertaking collections.