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. Mr. Linde is an accredited attorney before the Department of Veterans Affairs and can assist veterans and their dependents with processing claims for benefits.
In January of 2002 Mr. Linde moved from San Francisco, California to work for the largest law firm in Lee County. Within a year Mr. Linde founded Matthew A. Linde, P.A. which owns Cody & Linde, PLLC. 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 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. In 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. Mr. Linde was a co-chair of the Lee County Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section for three years ending in 2018 and also served for three years on the Board of Directors of the Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc. Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc. is a non-profit corporation formed in 1986 in response to the Florida Supreme Court’s mandate that a program be created to identify and offer assistance to bar members who suffer from substance abuse, mental health, or other disorders which negatively affect their lives and careers.