Michael Choate


Austin, TX

Michael Choate brings a wealth of legal and varied industry experience to Linebarger. Mr. Choate joined the Linebarger team in May of 2024 and provides a range of legal responsibilities in the Austin, Texas office.

Prior to joining Linebarger, he served as a Certification Manager at Hart InterCivic. There he led certification initiatives in 23 states, collaborating with Secretaries of State and Election Boards to certify voting systems across varied jurisdictions. As Co-Founder and General Counsel at Plateau Brewing Company in San Angelo, TX, since June 2018, he led licensing, regulatory functions, business strategy, and community outreach with a $500,000 budget and a team of 10. His strategic planning efforts resulted in 15% revenue growth and expanded distribution to 23 accounts. At Coleman Business Law, where he served as Of Counsel from April 2021 to July 2022, he led a regulatory and compliance practice focused on data privacy laws like CCPA, GDPR, and CPRA. As the Director of Texas Water Program at the National Wildlife Federation from June 2019 to March 2020, he led a team with a $1 million budget through the Texas water regulatory framework. He also managed coalitions to achieve regulatory changes and secured over $100 million for green infrastructure projects post-Hurricane Harvey. Further, Mr. Choate was Policy Manager at the South Central Partnership for Energy Efficiency and was an Associate Attorney at McElroy Sullivan Miller & Weber.

Mr. Choate is admitted to practice in the State of Texas and is a Certified Information Privacy Manager. He received his Juris Doctor from Texas Tech School of Law and a Bachelors of Arts in Government and English from the University of Texas at Austin.