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.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.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 Lee County Republican Executive Committee, Gulf Coast Christian Fellowship of Southwest Florida, 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. 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 Mr. Linde became a Barrister at the Calusa Chapter of the American Inns of Court. This is an honor. 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. Initiative: Matthew Linde, who is not board certified by The Florida Bar, passes the Florida Elder Law Board Certification Exam and the Wills, Trusts and Estates Board Certification Exam in the same year on the first attempt.
One of the steps in the Florida board certification process is that an applicant must pass a comprehensive six hour multiple choice and essay examination. Mr. Linde is pursuing board certification. In 2010, Mr. Linde passed the Elder Law Certification Exam and passed the Wills, Trust and Estates Board Certification Exam. According to the Assistant to the Director of the Florida Board of Legal Specialization and Education (BLSE), as of January 10, 2011, only one (1) other attorney (out of over 74,000 actively licensed to practice in Florida) has ever taken and passed both the certification exam for Elder law and the certification exam Wills, Trusts and Estates in the same application year. Mr. Linde believes that one should never be satisfied with his or her performance, and passing both these exams demonstrates Mr. Linde’s desire to continually improve his knowledge and skill, as reflected in the firm's mission statement. For more information, contact Matthew A. Linde, P.A. today.