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Eugene Lynch

Hon. Eugene F. Lynch (Ret.)

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John Peterson
T: 415-774-2609
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Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94111

Hon. Eugene F. Lynch (Ret.) has been a full time neutral with JAMS since 2002 and has settled and arbitrated hundreds of disputes, including a large amount of complex financial markets disputes.  He is known for his ability to provide practical insight and in financial disputes, he has the ability to quickly grasp complex facts in order to understand the true dynamics of the case.  Judge Lynch brought with him to JAMS 15 years of experience as a judge in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and 11 years of experience as a Judge in Superior and Municipal Court.  During his tenure as a federal Judge, Judge Lynch served as the Designated Settlement Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. 


Representative Matters

Judge Lynch has mediated and arbitrated the following representative financial markets matters:

  • Bankruptcy matters
  • Breach of fiduciary duty alleged by secured and unsecured investors, employees, and others against directors and officers, brokers, investment bankers and financial advisors
  • Consumer class action related to mortgage fees
  • FDIC cases involving the closure and workout of failed banks
  • Fraud cases
  • Law firm dissolutions and post bankruptcy workouts and disputes
  • Loan fraud cases involving the FDIC
  • Mergers & acquisitions disputes involving allegations against companies, executives and private equity firms
  • Shareholder class actions
  • Securities disputes with parties such as large investment banks, securities firms, commercial banks, and hedge funds  involving the SEC
  • Stock option backdating disputes
  • Venture capital partnership dissolutions and board member dismissals
  • 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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