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Gary F. Lynch

Gary F. Lynch was born and grew up in Western Pennsylvania. He worked his way through college, graduating in 1986 from Penn State University with a degree in Accounting and a dual minor in English and Business Logistics. Gary then earned his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he graduated in 1989, having served as an Editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review.

Gary began his career with the law firm of Reed Smith, then the largest firm in Pittsburgh. Since leaving Reed Smith in 1991, he has consistently represented plaintiffs in various employment and consumer lawsuits. Gary now has a national plaintiffs’ class action practice in the areas of employee wage rights and consumer protection litigation. As a founding partner of Carlson Lynch, Gary has handled more than 100 class actions, in numerous federal and state courts throughout the country involving federal and state wage and hour laws, as well as various consumer protection and mortgage lending statutes. Gary has achieved numerous multi-million dollar recoveries on behalf of plaintiff classes and has obtained significant favorable court decisions in the wage and hour area. He served as Counsel of Record in the United States Supreme Court case captioned Symczyk v. Genesis, which was argued to the Court in December, 2012. Gary is a frequent local and national lecturer on wage and hour issues.

In Gary’s words: “These days, individual citizens entering the American marketplace, whether as employees or consumers, often find themselves in a completely powerless bargaining position. While governmental policy makers have attempted, in many instances, to level the playing field on which goods, services and labor are traded, these governmental policies, which are intended to restrain business from acting in a fundamentally unfair manner, remain ineffective unless and until they are meaningfully enforced. In my practice, I view my role as assisting that enforcement process. I represent the “little guy” in the American marketplace. Given that my one grandfather worked in a steel mill and the other in a coal mine, my job is consistent with both the heritage of my family and the region of our country where I was born and raised, and where I am now living and raising my children. I believe in what I do.”

When not practicing law, Gary usually can be found working on his 30-acre farm in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. Gary is also active in a number of community non-profit organizations, including past President and current board member of the Human Services Center, Inc. (an outpatient behavioral healthcare provider), board member of the Highland House, Inc. (a halfway home for women recovering from addiction), and board member of the Lawrence County Historical Society.

Gary F. Lynch

PNC Park
Phone: 412.322.9243
Fax: 412.231.0246
New Castle
Phone: 724.656.1555
Fax: 724.656.1556
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Bar Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court – Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court – Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court – District of Maryland

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1989
  • Penn State University, Bachelor of Science, Accounting, 1986

Professional Affiliations

  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • American Association of Justice
  • Pennsylvania Association of Justice
  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section
  • Allegheny County Bar Association

Publications and Lectures

  • Moderator – Basics of Employment Law, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, June 27, 2013
  • Panelist – State Bar of California Webinar, The Watch List: Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk, May 6, 2013
  • Faculty member – ACI’s Wage & Hour Conference, Miami, Florida (2013)
  • Faculty member – PBI’s 2012 Employment Law Institute West
  • Faculty member and contributing author – PBI’s Wage & Hour Symposium (2012)
  • Faculty member and contributing author – PBI’s Basics of Wage & Hour Law (2012)
  • Faculty member – ACI’s Wage & Hour Conference, Miami, Florida (2012)
  • Faculty member and contributing author – PBI’s Wage & Hour Symposium (2011)
  • Faculty member – PBI’s 2010 Employment Law Institute West
  • Faculty member – PBI’s Basics of Employment Law (2010)
  • Faculty member and contributing author – Getting Paid in Pennsylvania: Basics of Wage and Hour Law (2010)
  • Faculty member – PBI’s 2008 Employment Law Institute West
  • Faculty member – PBI’s Law Practice Management and Development Institute (2008)
  • Faculty member – PBI’s Basics of Wage & Hour Law (2008)
  • Author – Third Circuit Clarifies Summary Judgment Standard in Employment Discrimination Cases, Pittsburgh Legal Journal (Summer, 1995)