Linda is a Retired Partner of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US LLP in Los Angeles. She Graduated with a B.S. degree from Purdue University in 1969, focusing on Computer Sciences and Chemical Engineering. Linda earned her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School, where she served as Executive Editor of the Suffolk University Law Review from 1976-1977. She received her LL.M. degree at Harvard University in 1979, with an emphasis on Land Use Planning, Natural Resources, and Environmental Law.
Linda's practice includes land use planning, zoning, and entitlement acquisition and protections. Specifically, she manages, general plan and zoning amendments; all types of land use permits, such as variances and conditional-use permits; and the drafting and negotiation of development agreements. She has 27 years of experience overseeing the preparation and certification of Environmental Impact Reports and all California Environmental Quality Act documents. Linda also is involved with Fifth Amendment takings law and regularly provides endangered species and wetlands counsel. She has extensive negotiation experience regarding environmental and development project approvals, and interacts regularly with a wide range of governmental agencies.
In addition to being a frequent speaker at land use, zoning, planning, and environmental conferences, Linda has served on the governing council of the Urban, State, and Local Government Law Section of the American Bar Association and chaired the ABA Land Use Committee for several years. Los Angeles Business Journal named her one of "The 50 Most Powerful Women in Los Angeles Law." Los Angeles magazine and Southern California Super Lawyers recognized her as a "Southern California Super Lawyer for 2004 and 2005" and one of "The 50 Super Women Lawyers in 2004." Also in 2005, Real Estate Southern California, a publication of the commercial real estate industry, cited Linda as one of "Southern California's Most Influential Women." She is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, as well.