William J. Linkous, III

Partner

Atlanta, GA
D 678.996.9113
[email protected]

Education

  • J.D., Georgia State University College of Law
  • B.A., Roanoke College

Practice Sections

Government Law

Overview

William Linkous is a Partner in Freeman Mathis & Gary’s Atlanta office. He brings extensive knowledge of government law to FMG, as he is one of the most experienced local government attorneys in Georgia. He has previously been appointed and served as both DeKalb County Attorney and Gwinnett County Attorney, and in both positions he was responsible for all legal affairs for a large metropolitan county, including supervision of litigation, non-litigation, and outside counsel for each county. Mr. Linkous also served in a similar position as City Attorney for the City of Stockbridge from 2012 to 2013. Mr. Linkous’ wide experience also includes service as Chief Assistant County Attorney in charge of litigation for DeKalb County and as Assistant County Attorney for Douglas County. Mr. Linkous has done extensive legal work for nearly all of the metro area counties and several area cities.

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Bar Admissions

Colorado (inactive)

Georgia

Publications & Engagements
  • Social Networking Technology and Its Labor and Employment Law Ramifications for
    Local Governments
    , Institute for City and County Attorneys (2010)
  • Negotiating and Living With Class Action Consent Orders, Institute for City and County Attorneys (2009)  (with Randy Turner)
  • Travers v. Jones, 21 G.S.U. Law Rev. 627 (2005)
  • Inspection Warrants, 5 G.S.U. Law Rev. 253 (1989)
  • Georgia Water Quality Control Act, 5 G.S.U. Law Rev. 160 (1989)
  • Georgia Water Supply Act, 5 G.S.U. Law Rev. 163 (1989)
  • Representing Constitutional Officers, Institute for City and County Attorneys (1994)
  • Section 1983 Claims, Torts of Sorts Seminars (1997-1999)
  • Litigation Obstacles Unique to Local Governments, Institute for City and County Attorneys (2008)
  • Boards Binding Successor Boards, Institute for City and County Attorneys (2011)
Affiliations
  • Member, Association of County Commissioners of Georgia Model Ethics Ordinance Committee (2008)
  • Member, DeKalb County City of Dunwoody Task Force and Transition Team (2008)
Client Successes
Classes/Seminars Taught
  • Lecturer at 58th Annual Institute for City and County Attorneys (2011)
  • Lecturer at 57th Annual Institute for City and County Attorneys (2010)
  • Lecturer at 56th Annual Institute for City and County Attorneys (2009)
  • Lecturer at 55th Annual Institute for City and County Attorneys (2008)
  • Lecturer at 41st Annual Institute for City and County Attorneys (1994)
  • Lecturer at “Torts of Sorts” seminars regarding Section 1983 actions (1997-99)