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James W. Lynch (1921-2012)             (Deceased)

James W. Lynch, Esq., partner, has 60 years of legal experience, particularly in the area of maritime law. In 1950, he was admitted to the Supreme Court, State of New York (Appellate Division, 2nd Department, and the United States District Court, Southern District of New York). Mr. Lynch was admitted to the United State District Court, Eastern District of New York (1952); the United States District Court, Northern District of New York (1961); the United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (1965); and the United States Supreme Court (1972). He is a lifetime member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, a Charter member of the Catholic Lawyer’s Guild, and a member of the Nassau County Bar Association. He is currently semi-retired.

After Mr. Lynch graduated from Niagara University in 1942, he joined the United States Army from 1942-1946. In 1949, he graduated from Fordham University, School of Law. In 1950, Mr. Lynch joined Burlingham, Veeder, Clark & Hupper, later known as Burlingham Underwood, in New York City, as an associate attorney. He engaged primarily in protection and indemnity matters involving the defense of personal injury and death claims, trials and appeals. Mr. Lynch participated in major cases, commercial arbitrations, settled decedents estates, handled realty transactions, and periodically represented injury and death claimants in Federal and State Courts. After becoming property partner, he directed investigators and associate attorneys; selected and actively supervised out-of-town counsel in the defense of maritime claims of American and foreign seamen, passengers, and longshoremen for major clients.

In 1992, Mr. Lynch retired from Burlingham Underwood and joined his son, James D. Lynch, to form the firm Lynch & Lynch. For Lynch & Lynch he specialized in civil litigation on behalf of insurance companies and self-insureds in State and Federal Courts.

Mr. Lynch was a well-respected and involved member of his community. He was a leader in his church and active in a variety of organizations, such as the American Legion, Catholic War Veterans, and Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick.


James W. Lynch