RICHARD D. LINNELL
Rick is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State Law School. He has been an attorney in private practice for over 17 years.
Involved in real estate since 1996, Rick focuses his experience in commercial and residential real estate, as well as corporate law. Rick has also been actively involved in commercial and residential real estate development including acquisitions, development, complex financing, syndications and work outs.
Rick is the owner of Linnell & Associates. His law firm has become one of Michigan’s most trusted law firms specializing in real estate law, short sales, foreclosure, and other forms of loss mitigation. The law firm has a combined total of over 50 years of legal experience in real estate law.
JAMES RANDALL WITHAM
Randall obtained his BA from the University of Richmond in 2001 and his JD from Cooley Law School in 2005. He has a wealth of diverse experience with eleven years of litigation experience. He has over three years of litigation experience in licensing and regulatory insurance. Randall has also litigated cases over a wide spectrum of subject matter including criminal law, personal injury, medical malpractice, financial fraud, labor and employment law, business law, defamation, trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, regulatory insurance law, and general litigation over the course of his career.
Randall was a Judge Advocate General for the U.S. Army in 2006. As a litigator for the U.S. Army, he successfully prosecuted several criminal cases involving financial fraud, theft, and sex offenses. He provided litigation support for, and liaison with, Assistant U.S. Attorneys and the U.S. Army Litigation Division for claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act. In addition, Randall also served as a Detention Operations Attorney in Afghanistan where he evaluated evidence and rendered legal advice on internment criteria and alternate dispositions for suspected terrorists that threatened the security of U.S. Forces and U.S. Coalition Forces.
Randall began his civilian law practice with King & Ballow in Tennessee where he litigated cases involving defamation, business law, trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, and labor and employment law issues under the FMLA, ADA, ADEA, and Title VII.
In February 2014, Randall joined the ranks of state government service and served as the Assistant General Counsel for the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance. He litigated numerous administrative regulatory insurance matters for the State of Tennessee which involved insurance fraud and violations of Tennessee insurance laws.
From 2016 to June 2019, Randall litigated a wide array of complex cases ranging from healthcare related regulatory licensing actions, False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback, Stark Law, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, products liability, fraud, Michigan Auto-No-Fault, and other various general litigation matters.
Currently, Randall is specializing in real estate litigation which involves the specific issues property owners and entities experience in everyday life. He is currently licensed to practice in the Michigan, Tennessee, and New Jersey.
Awards and Honors of Note
- Received Army Commendation Award for excellence as a military prosecutor.
- Received The Bronze Star Medal from the Secretary of The Army for exceptionally meritorious service as a Recorder and Legal Advisor. Selected to handle the complicated cases of several high-value detainees.
- Tried complex administrative law cases for the Tennessee Insurance Division and acquired one of the largest civil monetary judgements in the history of the Tennessee Insurance Division. Tennessee Insurance Division v. Truck Insurance Group et al.
- Successfully litigated cases involving commercial litigation and labor and employment law: King & Ballow v MaineToday Media, Inc.; Gates v Metro Govt of Nashville & Davidson Co--Davidson Co Election Com'n.
- Successfully defended Charles R. Luttrell v. James K. Brannon, et al., which led to a dismissal of all RICO related predicate acts under the lawsuit.
- Successfully provided litigation support and drafted several motions to dismiss that led to the dismissal of United States of America v. San Bernardino Mountains Community Hospital District.
- Successfully defended against an injunctive relief action in Genesee County Michigan that resulted in a favorable outcome for a cardiology practice.
- Successfully prosecuted a privacy rights case in Cook County Illinois that involved the violation of HIPAA and other various privacy right interests.
- Successfully litigated a complex landlord tenant case involving a physician practice in the 48th District Court for the Oakland County, Michigan.
DAVID H. APPLEBAUM
David grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and attended Indiana University from 2007-2011 where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in public affairs. Upon graduation, David attended the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and graduated in May, 2014. During law school, David clerked for the Honorable Lawrence Talon and the Honorable Connie Marie Kelly from the 3rd Circuit Court. David also served as a law clerk for Lipton Law. David joined Linnell & Associates in January 2015.
JACK K WALLER
Jack became Of Counsel to Linnell & Associates, to assist the firm with its real estate law department and representation of both real estate professionals and their clients. In addition to being a licensed attorney in Michigan, Jack is a licensed real estate broker, professional educator, and recognized author. Jack is well versed in a variety of real estate issues including broker policies, brokerage practices, agency, contract law, and ethics and procuring cause hearings.
Jack obtained his original real estate license while working toward his undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University in education. Upon graduation, he combined his background in real estate with his passion for teaching and co-founded NCI Associates, Ltd., one of Michigan's foremost licensed private vocational schools that specializes in providing entry-level and advanced courses in real estate and construction-related subjects.
After rising to become one of Michigan's premier real estate instructors, Jack decided to take his knowledge and ability to serve the real estate industry to the next level by attending law school and becoming an attorney. Jack obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from Michigan State University College of Law and, shortly thereafter, was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan.