Linda is a commercial litigator who regularly helps clients resolve their most difficult disputes, particularly in the areas of business torts, constitutional law, and insurance. Since joining the firm, Linda has successfully represented clients in a variety of venues, including before the state and federal courts of Wisconsin and courts in Arizona, Illinois, New York, Utah, Washington, D.C. and elsewhere.
More recently, Linda successfully defended a major Wisconsin-based insurer in an ERISA class action that ultimately made its way to the Seventh Circuit. In addition, Linda recently secured dismissal for a well-known newspaper publisher that had been sued for vicarious liability arising out of injuries allegedly caused by the negligence of an independent newspaper distributor.
Linda represents a variety of insurers in litigation, with a focus on complex coverage matters, including claims involving bodily injury, construction defects and professional liability. She also represents insurance companies in cases alleging bad faith or improper industry- or company-wide claims handling practices. Linda has reviewed and advised insurance clients on proposed legislation before the Wisconsin legislature affecting the insurance industry.
Prior to joining the firm, Linda practiced as a member of the Government Affairs team at Swidler Berlin LLP (n/k/a Bingham McCutchen LLP) in Washington, D.C. She currently serves on Godfrey & Kahn's Ethics and Pro Bono Committees. As part of the Pro Bono Committee, Linda helped develop the firm's formal pro bono policy.
Linda is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Stone scholar, member of the Parker School Journal of East European Law, Lowenstein Public Interest Fellow, and summer associate with the Public Interest Law Initiative in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Linda is fluent in German.
Articles in the National Law Review database by Linda S. Schmidt