J.D., order of the coif, University of Oregon, 1987
B.A., summa cum laude, Providence College, 1983
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After graduating from law school, Lynch worked for three years at the Staff Attorney's Office for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. That experience led him to a career as an appellate advocate, primarily for indigent criminal defendants. He has appeared in numerous state and federal courts, working most often in the Fifth Circuit, where he has argued more than 70 cases.
During his time at the Federal Public Defender's Office in San Antonio, Lynch was the point of contact for the defender’s help desk. In this role, he provided advice and assistance to attorneys throughout the state and the country. He also served on the Supreme Court Resource and Assistance Panel maintained by the federal defenders. He provided advice to attorneys with cases before the Supreme Court on the framing and substance of the legal arguments, helped to edit and revise the briefs of counsel of record, and, in several cases, sat on moot court panels to prepare counsel for argument.
In 2013, Lynch opened his own office to handle federal appeals.