Michael C. Linn

Michael C. Linn is the Executive Chairman of LINN Energy, LLC (Nasdaq: LINE), which he founded in 2003. The Company became the first publicly traded E&P partnership in 2006. LINN Energy's mission is to acquire, develop and maximize cash flow from a growing portfolio of long-life oil and natural gas assets. The Company's core areas of operation are the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma, Permian Basin and Los Angeles Basin.

Mr. Linn serves on the National Petroleum Council and American Exploration and Production Council. In addition, he serves on the boards of American’s Natural Gas Alliance and the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA). He is also Chairman of the IPAA Political Action Committee and past Chairman of IPAA. He is a Texas Representative for the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. Mr. Linn previously served as Chairman of the National Gas Council and Director of the Natural Gas Supply Association. He also served as President of the Independent Oil and Gas Associations of New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Mr. Linn regularly represents the oil and natural gas industry before state and federal agencies, the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and media.  He has also published numerous articles in oil and natural gas trade publications and newspapers.


His civic affiliations include serving on the boards of the Texas Heart Institute, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas Children's Hospital, Visitors Board of the MD Anderson Cancer Center and Houston Police Foundation.  In addition, he serves as the Chairman of the Texas Children’s Hospital Corporate Committee Capital Campaign.  He also serves on the board of Houston Children’s Charity, which recently honored him for his philanthropic works.  He is a member of the Dean's Executive Advisory Board for the University of Houston C.T. Bauer College of Business.

Mr. Linn was President of Allegheny Interests, Inc., a private oil and natural gas investment company, from 2000 to 2003. Previously, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Meridian Exploration Corporation, a private oil and natural gas company with operations in both the Appalachian and Permian Basins, until its sale in 1999.

Mr. Linn graduated cum laude from Villanova University in 1974 with a BA in Political Science and cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1977. Following graduation, he practiced law for the law firm of Ecker, Ecker, Zofer and Rome until 1980, when he joined Meridian Exploration as General Counsel.