James Spero Lynch
Telephone: 201-288-2022 Ext. 5510
While many lawyers never see a courtroom, James Lynch spends much of his professional time in the courtroom arguing issues for individuals damaged as a result of safety violations, for patients seriously injured by hospitals or physicians who have failed to follow established rules for patient safety, and for individuals, classes who have been damaged by fraudulent or unethical business practices or defective products. Mr. Lynch and his brother Arthur Lynch are the lead trial attorneys for the firm. Due to their varied backgrounds and experience, James and Arthur often consult with and assist each other in preparing for trial and during trial.
James Lynch is a well known and respected trial attorney with an excellent track record of success at trial. In 2014, he was featured in the Personal Injury Hall of Fame edition of the New Jersey Law Journal. In 2013, the National Law Journal featured a multi-million dollar settlement Mr. Lynch’s obtained at trial in its review of the nation’s top 50 verdicts/settlements entitled “Big Money Wins of 2013.”
Achieving just verdicts for his clients is nothing new to Mr. Lynch. At the age of 35, Mr. Lynch won his first multi-million dollar case at trial. In that case, an insurance company offered $200,000 to settle a case involving a young man who suffered a disabling brain injury as a result of a car accident. The offer was low because the insurance company was certain that Mr. Lynch could not prove that the defendant caused the accident because the defendant left the scene and claimed he was only a witness to the accident and not involved. Mr. Lynch's client, due to his injuries, could not testify. Nonetheless, Mr. Lynch, at trial, was able to use the police accident reconstruction, maps of the scene and zealous cross-examination to show that the defendant was lying. Although many lawyers would have accepted the $200,000 and settled the case, as the insurance company thought Mr. Lynch would, he turned them down and tried the case to verdict resulting in a multi-million dollar much needed recovery for his disabled client. Mr. Lynch arranged for his client's recovery to be placed in a special needs trust allowing his client to receive the extraordinary care that he required.
Mr. Lynch, now 49, has continued fighting for his clients with that same passion. His achievements have been recognized by his peers. He has been named to the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Super Lawyer’s list published in New Jersey Magazine; has been named to the New Jersey Top 100 Lawyers list since 2009; he was appointed to serve on the Board of Governors for the New Jersey Association for Justice (New Jersey’s trial lawyer organization with more than 2,000 members); he is a lifetime a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Advocates Forum; and he is often asked to speak at seminars teaching other attorneys issues regarding trial practice and technique. The Supreme Court of New Jersey has Certified Mr. Lynch as a Civil Trial Attorney.
Some of his verdicts and settlements have been published in The Association of Trial Lawyers Law Reporter, the New York Law Journal, the New Jersey Law Journal, the New Jersey Jury Verdict Reporter, the New York Jury Verdict Reporter, The Journal News, The Star Ledger, the Bergen Record and the Daily Observer.
Mr. Lynch has successfully argued in the Appellate Divisions of both New Jersey and New York, resulting in multiple published legal decisions in both states, including the seminal case of Mitzner v. West Ridgelawn Cemetery, recently cited by the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit.
He is an author and speaker in the field of trial practice and litigation. In addition to his publications in the New York Law Journal and the St. John's Journal of Legal Commentary, Mr. Lynch has published several books, including The 10 Commandments of Buying Insurance: An Insiders Guide to Purchasing Auto Home and Life; Ten Things You Need to Know if You Have Been Involved in a Car Accident in New Jersey and Ten Things You Need to Know if You Have Been Involved in a Car Accident in New York.
James Lynch is one of many respected trial attorneys in his family. In the early 1900’s, his great grandfather was an attorney and then U.S. Congressional candidate for New Jersey (practicing in Paterson, NJ, then Washington, D.C.). His grandmother (Elizabeth T. Lynch), grandfather (Professor Arthur V. Lynch), uncle (Harry V. Lynch) and brother (Arthur V. Lynch) were/ are all attorneys. James Lynch is the fifth member of the Lynch family to graduate from St. John's University School of Law, where his grandfather (Arthur V. Lynch) taught trial practice and insurance law. His Uncle Harry V. Lynch was personal secretary to Admiral John McCain, Sr. (navy) before becoming President of the Orange County Bar Association.
James Lynch graduated from Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey, NJ, Fairfield University in Ct, and then St. John’s University School of Law in NY. He is married to Katherine and they are the proud parents of five children.
After September 11, 2001, Mr. Lynch donated many hours representing families of victims at no charge. Additionally, he and his brother Arthur Lynch sponsor basketball clinics in Paterson, NJ (Nooney’s Kids) and various little league baseball teams, and youth football programs.
Mr. Lynch is often asked how the name Spero fits with the name James Lynch. His mother, Dr. Helen Kourakos Lynch, is a second generation Greek immigrant and Spero is a proud family name.