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Eugene Lynch

Hon. Eugene F. Lynch (Ret.)

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John Peterson
T: 415-774-2609
F: 415-982-5287
Two Embarcadero Center , Suite 1500 , San Francisco , CA 94111
Hon. Eugene F. Lynch (Ret.) is described by defense and plaintiff attorneys alike as a seasoned trial judge with practical insight, whose greatest strength is his ability to dissect a case and understand its true dynamics. Judge Lynch's settlement experience spans 40 years, with emphasis in the Federal and Superior Courts.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Served as the Designated Settlement Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Mediates and arbitrates the following types of cases: large scale commercial disputes, securities class actions, intellectual property including patent matters, environmental, professional malpractice, insurance coverage, Americans with Disabilities Act, and employment cases including age, race, and gender

Representative Matters

  • Regents of the University of California v. Genentech, successfully mediated a multi-million dollar patent dispute
  • Advanced Fiber Communications v. Acer Netxus, intellectual property dispute involving an alleged theft of trade secrets
  • State of California v. Hartford Fire Insurance Co., nationwide class action on behalf of numerous attorneys general over commercial insurance underwriting practices
  • Kraszewski v. State Farm Insurance Companies, employment discrimination class action resulting in the largest damage recovery in the history of American civil rights law
  • DHL Corporation v. Bank of Saipan, action to enforce shareholder buyout agreement of majority interest in large privately-held company
  • Recognized as one of the “500 Leading Judges in America,” by Lawdragon Magazine, 2006
  • Recognized as a Top 50 California Neutral, Daily Journal Extra, 2003
  • Recognized as One of the Bay Area's Top 10 Mediators and Arbitrators, The Recorder, 2002
  • Advisor, the American Law Institute regarding rewriting a portion of the Law of Tort practice
  • First Annual Judge of the Year Award, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Chair, Kaiser Permanente Blue Ribbon Panel to review Kaiser Arbitration system
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), San Francisco Chapter
  • Lecturer for the California Continuing Education of the Bar, the Rutter Group, Practicing Law Institute, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association, ABOTA, Price Waterhouse Intellectual Property Forum, and University of Houston Law School
  • Advisory Board Member, College of Trial & Appellate Advocacy, U.C. Hastings, 1984-1988
  • Member of Faculty, College of Trial & Appellate Advocacy, U.C. Hastings, 1971-1984

  • Publications:

    • "Settlement Conferences - A View From The Bench," Journal of the American Bar Association, Summer 1978; re-published 2d Ed. ABA Litigation Manual, 1989; re-drafted and re-published 3d Ed. ABA Litigation Manual, 1997
    • Co-author, "The Settlement of Federal District Court Cases: A Judicial Perspective," University of Oregon Law Review, Spring 1988
    • Co-author of "Negotiation and Settlement," Lawyers Cooperative Publishing 1992 (Nat'l Ed.)
  • Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of California, 1982-1997; sat by designation, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal
  • Judge, San Francisco Superior Court, 1974-1982
  • Judge, San Francisco Municipal Court, 1971-1974
  • Partner and Trial Lawyer, O'Connor, Moran, Cohn and Lynch, San Francisco
  • LL.B., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • B.S., Santa Clara University (Senior Class President), Santa Clara, California

    Practice Areas

    • Arbitration
    • Business/Commercial
    • Class Action/Mass Tort
    • Employment
    • Environmental
    • Federal Judge
    • Financial Markets
    • Governmental/Public Agency
    • Insurance
    • Intellectual Property
    • Professional Liability
    • Securities
    • Special Master/Discovery Referee
    Available nationwide


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