Legal Team

Fall River

Margaret E. Long

Margaret Engelhardt Long is a founding member of Prentice|Long, PC, and its managing partner. Ms. Long’s practice includes municipal law, civil litigation, labor and employment law, and business law.

Prior to forming Prentice|Long, PC, Ms. Long was the managing partner of Cota Cole, LLP’s Redding office. From 2005 – 2013, Ms. Long was an associate with the law firm of Kenny, Snowden & Norine in Redding, California. From 2003 – 2005, she worked at Legal Services of Northern California as the Managing Attorney.

Ms. Long has considerable experience in advising municipalities and public agencies on issues relating to employment, labor, public nuisance, law enforcement, land use, code enforcement, eminent domain, housing, public contracting, unlawful detainer, medical marijuana abatement, Proposition 218, and the Brown Act. Her expertise includes facilitating local elections and initiatives, and engaging in labor negotiations on behalf of the local entity. She also has experience in providing advice to planning commissions, water districts, community services districts, municipal airports and local transportation authorities. Ms. Long provides training to public and private entities on a wide variety of topics, including sexual harassment, ethics, employment matters, governance, and legal updates. In addition, she represents five counties on their child dependency and Public Guardian matters.

For her private sector clients, Ms. Long regularly provides advice regarding wage and hour issues, employment practices, discrimination and sexual harassment matters. Ms. Long’s transactional practice includes representing and advising clients on corporate formation and compliance, as well as contract drafting and review. In litigation, Ms. Long has represented clients in the full range of issues, with particular emphasis on complex labor and employment matters. She remains actively involved with her clients through the appellate process, and was the lead attorney on two published matters: Dutra v. Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta (2012) 209 Cal.App.4th 750, and Erlin v. United States (9th Cir. 2004) 364 F.3d 1127.

Education and Activities

Ms. Long received her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Wesleyan University in 2000. She received her Juris Doctorate from University of California, Davis in 2003, where she received the prestigious honor of becoming a member of The Order of the Barristers.

As an experienced trainer on municipal legal issues, she is regularly asked to present at legal and human resource conferences. She is a member of the California State Bar Association and Shasta-Trinity Counties Bar Association. Ms. Long has served as the Treasurer of the Shasta-Trinity Counties Bar Association, and President of the Shasta County Women’s Refuge Board of Directors (One Safe Place), and is a Board Member for Habitat for Humanity.


  • California State Bar (2003)
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Federal District Court, Eastern District of California

Current Projects

  • County Counsel for Modoc County, Trinity County and Tehama County and special counsel to Lassen County, Modic County, Trinity County & Sierra County regarding dependency matters.
  • City Attorney for the Cities of Susanville, Tulelake, Etna, and Fort Jones, and District Counsel for the Lake Shastina Community Service District, Chester Public Utility District, Indian Valley Community Service District, Christian Valley Community Service District, Scotia Community Service District, and McCloud Community Services District.
  • HR and Law Enforcement Attorney for San Benito County and Defense Panel for Fresno County.
  • Special counsel on labor and employment matters to Lake County, the City of Lakeport, and the City of Mammoth Lakes.