LINDA U. MARGOLIN, the managing partner of MargolinBesunder, has been practicing law since 1975. She concentrates her practice in the areas of land use and zoning, commercial litigation, and appeals. She served as law clerk to the Hon. Jacob Mishler, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York from 1975 to 1976. She has an “AV” attorney rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Ms. Margolin is an active member of the Suffolk County Bar Association; she has served as a director, and on the Federal Courts, Civil Rights, Appellate Practice, Judicial Screening, Nominating and Bench Bar Committees; she is also an active member of the New York State Bar Association, including the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section; past chair of the General Practice Section; present co-chair of the Land Use and Environmental Law Committee of the Real Property Section and member of the House of Delegates, and a Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation. She is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section, and the Federal Bar Council.
“I spent several years running a family business early in my legal career when, rather than being the lawyer, we hired lawyers. It gave me a client’s perspective on what works and what doesn’t whether it’s in the context of providing legal advice, making decisions about legal strategy, or communicating. It’s a perspective that I’ve held on to in the decades since.”
Ms. Margolin was part of the Suffolk County Bar Association Liaison Task Force that led to the establishment of a Commercial Division of the Supreme Court in Suffolk County. She is a co-author of Commercial Litigation in the New York State Courts, published by Thomson Reuters, and a member of the Advisory Committee for Touro Law School’s Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Institute. She has lectured on federal practice, land use and zoning, and commercial litigation topics for the Suffolk Academy of Law and the New York State Bar Association.
Since 2011, Ms. Margolin has served as a trustee of the Long Island Museum of Art, History and Carriages. She acts as pro bono counsel for the India Society of Stony Brook. She lives in Setauket with her husband Robert where she pursues sailing and gardening with equal fervor.
In her own words:
“My work involves a lot of advocacy before judges and municipal boards. The most effective lawyer in these situation is not the one that talks the loudest, but the one who is best prepared and most authoritative, and I strive to be that lawyer. I always ask myself the hardest questions about my cases and make sure I am prepared with the answers. That level of knowledge and preparation plus insight and unflagging determination is what lets me advocate effectively for my clients, no matter the forum.”
William Smith College (B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1970)
New York University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1975)
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York