Michael R. Linden is Senior Counsel in Lozano Smith's Fresno office. His practice is focused on assisting local government and school district clients in a wide-variety of legal issues. Mr. Linden has represented numerous local public entities, both as a Deputy County Counsel in Fresno and Merced counties, and as an attorney in private practice. As litigation counsel, Mr. Linden has extensive trial and appellate experience with a broad range of civil actions, including civil rights, dangerous conditions, torts, contracts, code enforcement, retirement, and taxes. Mr. Linden has experience with advising numerous County departments, including the Sheriff’s Office, Public Works, and Planning, where he has advised on land use issues such as the Subdivision Map Act, zoning, and the California Environmental Quality Act. As a Deputy County Counsel, Mr. Linden advised a County Planning Commission and Airport Land Use Commission, and a County Community Corrections Partnership at open public meetings.
Since 2013, Mr. Linden has served as an Adjunct Professor at the San Joaquin College of Law, teaching courses in public entity liability and land use.
Mr. Linden earned his J.D. degree from the John F. Kennedy University School of Law. He was awarded the American Jurisprudence award in Business Associations. He received his B.A. in History from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.