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  • Undergrad: University of Richmond 01’
  • Law School: Cooley Law School 05’
  • Practicing Since: 2005
  • Areas of Practice
    1. General Business and Commercial Real Estate Litigation
    2. Seller’s Disclosure Litigation
    3. Property and Boundary Line Litigation
    4. Landlord Tenant Litigation
    5. Civil Rights Real Property Litigation
    6. Broker/Realtor Agency Litigation
    7. Complex Business Litigation and Derivative Actions
    8. Construction Law Litigation
    9. Specific Performance Litigation
    10. Property Partition Litigation
    11. Deed Restriction and Takings Litigation
    12. General Litigation involving Torts and Breaches of Contract


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.

Karen WallsKaren Walls
23:07 15 Feb 23
I want to applaud and thank Linnell & Associates PLLC for such a charitable gesture of goodwill they performed on my behalf and perhaps other realtors as well. I was featured in HOUR Media 2022 Real Estate All Stars and Linnell Law firm made a contribution to Humble Design Detroit for me in receiving that recognition. Humble Design is a non-profit organization that helps families & Veterans in need which I didn't have knowledge of their existence until Linnell's law firm made this contribution but now that I am, I have made others aware of this non-profit to contribute, clothing, furniture and help through the Humble Design org. I thought this was a stand up contribution by this law firm and I plan to refer them as well as a Real Estate firm based off their wonderful reviews! Thanks again!Respectively,Karen Walls
Donald SymonsDonald Symons
18:22 16 Dec 22
Rick is a wealth of experience information in many aspects of law. He is very approachable, and easy to talk with. Recently I talked to him regarding a reverse mortgage for one of my clients. He spent as much time as we needed to explain my concern. Highly recommend Rick and Linnell & Associates
Michel MartinMichel Martin
19:07 13 Oct 22
Have been working with Linnell & Associates for 2.5 years and they have provided awesome legal services during these challenging times for our property management company. The Linnell Team has been knowledgeable and professional. Ashley goes above and beyond with providing us with constant communication. Highly recommend!
Quin D'AmicoQuin D'Amico
22:52 11 Oct 22
Similar to most conscientious real estate agents, I try to follow our industry rules and regs closely so that I hopefully never need the services of an attorney, while at the same time, I'm staying busy enough to maintain a viable career. Over the years, Rick Linnell has sat in our Continuing Education classes and has taught on particular subjects and I have gotten to know him in this classroom setting. Since my broker is proactive in keeping his agents well educated with the letter of the law, I have leaned on Rick a few times when I thought it necessary to help a client. I consider him top-notch and have a lot of respect for him. In my 20+ years of selling real estate, several times I have heard complaints from clients about the attorneys they have used in past. I can safely say this is not the case with Rick. I know that attorneys cannot guarantee an outcome, however I feel he has a strong sense of duty and that something very concrete is the result of his actions. Without fail, Rick Linnell is the first call I make and first referral I hand out when real estate law is the topic.Thank YOU, Rick.Quin D'AmicoRE/MAX Showcase Homes
Andera HermzAndera Hermz
01:53 05 Oct 22
Rick is an amazing attorney! He was booked for two months, yet still made time to help me and answer questions. Meanwhile, other attorneys I have called never gave me a call back. Rick is very responsive and helped me get a better understanding of many things. Definitely recommend going to him! Thank you again, Rick. Appreciate all your help!
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