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Matthew A. Linde

Matthew A. Linde

  • Director
  • Matthew A. Linde, P.A.
  • 12693 New Brittany Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33907
  • 239.939.7100
Florida Bar Board Certification:
Matthew A. Linde is one of only eleven (11) lawyers, out of over 85,750 lawyers as of June 1st, 2016, who have attained board certification by the Florida Bar in Elder Law and in Wills, Trusts and Estates and is the only lawyer in Southwest Florida (i.e., south of Clearwater) who has attained this status.  Certification is the Florida Bar’s highest evaluation of an attorney's competency, experience and professionalism in the areas of law approved for specialization.  As of June 2016, less than two tenths of one percent (< .0135%) of the lawyers currently licensed to practice law in Florida are Florida Bar Board Certified in Elder Law and in Wills, Trusts and Estates.  If you have a legal problem do you need an expert in Elder Law or Wills, Trusts and Estates?  If so you can take comfort knowing that Matthew A. Linde has been evaluated for professionalism and tested for expertise!
    
 
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As of August 2, 2016, Mr. Linde has also attained national recognition in Elder Law and is Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation.  This designation is commonly referred to as a CELA.  As of August 2, 2016 there are only 479 CELAs in the United States (a program recognized by and through the American Bar Association) and in Florida there are only a few attorneys who are dual board certified by the Florida Bar in Elder Law and Wills, Trusts & Estates and  Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation!  All these programs require reviews from peers and comprehensive six hour exams.  

      
 
 
 
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. Mr. Linde is an accredited attorney before the Department of Veterans Affairs and can assist veterans and their dependents with processing claims for benefits. 

Community Involvement:

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.  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.  Currently, Mr. Linde is a co-chair of the Lee County Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section.  Recently, the Florida Bar Board of Governors has appointed Matthew A. Linde to serve on the Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., Board of Directors.  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.  Mr. Linde believes that it is a privilege to serve others.

 

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