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Matthew A. Linde is one of only eleven (11) attorneys in Florida (out of 85,827 as of June 2016) who have attained Board Certification by the Florida Bar in Elder Law and Wills, Trusts and Estates.  Certification is the Florida Bar’s highest evaluation of an attorney's competency, experience and professionalism in the areas of law approved for specialization.  Do you need an Expert in Elder Law and Wills, Trusts and Estates? If so Matthew A. Linde has been evaluated for professionalism and tested for expertise!


Education and Court Admissions:


In 1989 Mr. Linde received a B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin Summa Cum Laude, and in 1993 he received a Doctor of Law, J.D., degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. In 1999 he received his post-doctorate degree in taxation (Master of Legal Letters or LL.M.) from Golden Gate School of Law in San Francisco, California. Mr. Linde was first licensed to practice law in May of 1993, and is currently licensed to practice law in California, Minnesota (inactive), Florida, and admitted to practice law in the United States Tax Court, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. In California Mr. Linde worked for one of the largest professional service firms in the world and gained significant experience in preparing income and estate tax returns for wealthy individuals and estates as well as estate and tax planning.


Military Service:

Matthew A. Linde was born in Minnesota and graduated high school in Janesville, Wisconsin.  Mr. Linde then entered the U.S. Air Force and was trained at the U.S. Air Force Survival, Evasion, Rescue and Escape (S.E.R.E.) School at Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington.  After intense training Mr. Linde became a certified S.E.R.E. Instructor in the 3636th Combat Crew Training Wing.  For several years Mr. Linde taught global survival, evasion, rescue and escape techniques to Air Force flight crews at Fairchild AFB, Washington and Homestead AFB in Florida. Mr. Linde also served in the Resistance Training Branch of the U.S. Air Force S.E.R.E. School teaching flight crews various methods of interrogation they could expect to see if captured and effective ways to resist interrogation. Mr. Linde was awarded the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal for his service at the Resistance Training Branch in the 3612th Combat Crew Training Squadron.  Mr. Linde served more than ten years in the U.S. Air Force, which includes six years in the Wisconsin Air National Guard.  While in the Wisconsin Air National Guard Mr. Linde was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal for developing and presenting S.E.R.E. lectures to 128th Tactical Fighter Wing (then the home of the A-10 Warthog) Aircrew Members.

Community Involvement:

In January of 2002 Mr. Linde moved from California to work for the largest law firm in Lee County. Within a year Mr. Linde founded Matthew A. Linde, P.A.  Since 2002 the firm has experienced significant growth. Currently, Mr. Linde is a member of the Collier County Bar Association, Lee County Bar Association, Estate Planning Council of Lee County, the Florida State Guardianship Association, the Southwest Christian Chamber of Commerce, the State Bar of California, Minnesota (inactive) and Florida; Mr. Linde is a member of the Florida Bar sections of Appellate Practice and Advocacy, Business, Elder Law, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, Trial Lawyers and Taxation.  Mr. Linde is also a member of the American Bar Association and involved in ABA sections of Professionalism, Taxation and Real Property, Trust and Estate Law.  Mr. Linde attends the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Fort Myers.  In addition, Mr. Linde is a member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys and the Florida Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.  From 2011 through 2014 Mr. Linde was a Barrister at the Calusa Chapter of the American Inns of Court.  The Calusa Inn of Court's main purpose is to promote excellence in legal advocacy, as well as professionalism, civility and ethics in the legal profession through educational experiences.  

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Litigation: 35%
    23 years
  2. Probate: 25%
    23 years
  3. Estate Planning: 20%
    23 years
  4. Elder Law: 10%
    23 years
  5. Tax: 10%
    23 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($225-395/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

12693 New Brittany Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL, 33907

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing200106/19/2016
CAActive199705/24/2016
MNNot Authorized - Non-payment of fees199607/15/2016
WIResigned199303/20/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Board Certified - Elder LawFlorida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education2016
Board Certified - Wills, Trusts & EstatesFlorida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education2013
Air Force Achievement MedalWisconsin Air National Guard1991
Summa Cum Laude GraduateUniversity of Wisconsin - Whitewater1989
Air Force Commendation MedalUnited States Air Force1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Director/attorneyMatthew A. Linde, P.A.2002 - Present
AssociateHenderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, Pa2002 - 2002
AssociateGilfix & La Poll Associates2000 - 2001
Tax SeniorArthur Andersen1998 - 1999
Tax SeniorDeloitte & Touche1996 - 1998
AssociateGodfrey, Neshek, Worth & Leibsle, S.C.1993 - 1995
Staff SergeantWisconsin Air National Guard1986 - 1992
Survival InstructorUnited States Air Force1981 - 1986
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., Board of DirectorsBoard of Directors2015 - Present
Lee County Bar AssociationCo-chair - Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Secion2014 - Present
Florida Bar, Appellate Practice SectionMember2010 - Present
Lee County Bar Association, Real Property Probate and Estate Planning Practice SectionMember2009 - Present
American Bar Association, Center for Professional ResponsibilityMember2009 - Present
Collier County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2007 - Present
American Bar Association, Taxation SectionMember2006 - Present
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionMember2006 - Present
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law SectionMember2006 - Present
Lee County Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Christian Chamber of Commerce of Lee CountyMember2003 - Present
Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law SectionMember2002 - Present
National Association of Elder Law AttorneysMember2002 - Present
Florida Bar, Tax SectionMember2002 - Present
Florida Bar, Elder Law SectionMember2002 - Present
Florida Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2002 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
American Inns of CourtBarrister2011 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Patrowicz v. Wolff, 110 So.3d 973 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2013)The appeal was successful and the lower court order quashed.
Cosman v. Rodriquez, 153 So.3rd 371 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2014)The District reversed the trial court and remanded for a new trial.
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Res Gestae (Lee County Bar Association)Estate Planning without transfer tax issues - How hard can it be?2015
ABA Professional LawyerIt is Time to Review the Peer Review Component of State Certification Plans2013
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws1999
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of Wisconsin, WhitewaterSocial ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Top Estate Planning TechniquesDrafting Mistakes that Frequently Lead to Will/Trust Litigation2015
The Probate Process from Start to Finish for ParalegalsProbate Elective Share Basics2015
The Probate Process from Start to FinishProbate Creditor Claims2015
2015 FSGA 28th Annual ConferenceFee Issues in Guardianship Proceedings2015
NBI Seminar on Ethics and Estate PlanningEstate Planning2014
Monthly meetingUndue Influence and Exploitation of the Elderly2014
27th Annual Florida State Guardianship AssociationExpert Testimony Under Fla. STat. 90.7022014
Brown BagSelected Issues with Joint Representation2012
Annual Specialization RoundtableReview of Peer Review2012
NBI Seminar on Florida Trust LawTrust Litigation Issues2009
NBI Seminar on Florida Probate LawProbate LItigation2008