Jim Lynch is the immediate Past-President of the New Jersey Association for Justice, which is New Jersey’s Trial Lawyer’s organization, with more than 2,700 lawyer members across the state.
While many lawyers never see a courtroom, Jim spends much of his professional time in the courtroom.
He spends his time 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 or classes who have been damaged by fraudulent or unethical business practices or defective products.
Jim is a well-known and respected trial attorney with an excellent track record of success at trial. In 2013, the National Law Journal featured a multi-million-dollar settlement that Jim obtained during a trial in its review of the nation’s top 50 verdicts/settlements entitled “Big Money Wins of 2013.”* In 2014, he was inducted into the New Jersey Law Journal’s Personal Injury Hall of Fame. In 2016, Jim had two (2) of the top 25 Verdicts in New Jersey.* In June of 2022, Jim obtained a jury verdict for $17,533,000.00 in Manhattan for his seriously injured client, one the of largest verdicts in 2022.* In May, 2023, Jim and his brother Arthur obtained a verdict in excess of $12,000,000 for an injured construction worker, also one of the largest verdicts in New Jersey in 2023.
In January, 2023, Jim argued in the Supreme Court of New Jersey on behalf of the New Jersey Association for Justice, in the seminal case of Difiore v. Pezic, resulting in a big win on behalf of consumers, paving the way for defense medical exams to monitored by nurses or recorded by other means.
Over the past year, Jim has been asked to testify in the State House in Trenton before several Senate and Assembly committees concerning various pending legislation, including the Insurance Fair Conduct Act, which was enacted into law, and several other pieces of legislation regarding the insurance structure in New Jersey. He testified in November 2022 before the NJ Senate Commerce committee regarding the Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing Bill.
Jim is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney and is often asked to speak at seminars teaching other attorneys issues regarding trial practice and advocacy.
Some of Jim’s notable cases 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, the Daily Observer.
Jim Lynch is one of many respected trial attorneys in his family. In the early 1900s, 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. Jim 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.
Jim 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 (Nicholas, Hannah, Abby, Mackenzie and Courtney). Jim has always enjoyed playing sports, especially baseball and softball, and has been the captain of a team in the HHK/SR Softball league for the past 25 years.