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LynchAfter graduating from Marquette, John attended Northwestern University School of Law, where he served as notes and comments editor of the Law Review. He was also elected to the Order of the Coif, an award that recognizes the top students in the graduating class.

Following law school, John served on active duty with the U.S. Navy for three years before embarking on a distinguished 40-year career as a trial lawyer, handling federal and state court cases throughout the United States.

He started out with the law firm Kirkland and Ellis in Chicago and was named a partner in 1973. In 1976, John co-founded the firm of Hedlund, Hunter and Lynch, which later merged with Latham & Watkins, an international law firm, in 1982.

During his years with Latham, John has served as managing partner of the Chicago office, as a member of the firm’s executive committee and vice chair of the litigation department. In late 2001, John moved to France to open the firm’s Paris and Brussels offices and to assist in the integration of its overall European operations. He returned to Chicago in 2006 and continues to enjoy a full-time practice.

“Being a lawyer is extremely rewarding and fulfilling. I enjoy the personal contact with clients as well as the interchanges that occur within our judicial system. You are constantly being asked to find solutions to complex legal issues or ways to resolve matters amicably and efficiently,” he says. “Successfully arguing your client’s case to a judge or jury is the ultimate high for a trial lawyer.”

John and his wife, Judy Godvin Lynch, Bus Ad ’66, maintain strong ties to the Marquette community. John is now serving as a member of Marquette’s Board of Trustees for a second time. Their daughters Julie and Jennifer graduated from Marquette in 1992 and 1995, respectively.      

The family also funded the Patrick Sean Lynch Reception area in the Alumni Memorial Union and continues to support the Lynch Family Scholarship Fund, awarded to provide financial assistance to Marquette students from the Chicago area enrolled in the colleges of Arts and Sciences or Business Administration.

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