Margaret E. Long, AttorneyMargaret Engelhardt Long’s practice includes municipal law, civil litigation, labor and employment law, and business law. She is currently County Counsel for both Modoc County and Trinity County, and is Assistant County Counsel for Alpine County and Sierra County. In addition, Ms. Long is Deputy County Counsel for Lassen County regarding dependency matters and special counsel to Lake County for labor matters.

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. While at Kenny, Snowden & Norine, Ms. Long served as Assistant City Attorney for the cities of Dorris, Dunsmuir, Etna, Mt. Shasta, Montague, and Shasta Lake City, and as Assistant County Counsel for Modoc County. From 2003-2005, Ms. Long worked at Legal Services of Northern California, where she was 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. Ms. Long’s expertise includes facilitating local elections and initiatives, and engaging in labor negotiations on behalf of the local entity. Ms. Long also has experience in providing advice to planning commissions, water districts, community service districts, municipal airports and local transportation authorities. Ms. Long provides training to public entities on the Brown Act, and training to a variety of clients on sexual harassment prevention under AB 1825. In addition, Ms. Long represents four 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. Ms. Long 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.

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.

Ms. Long 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 she presently serves as the President of the Shasta County Women’s Refuge Board of Directors, and as a Board Member for Habitat for Humanity.


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