Partner

James P. Lynch

Practice Areas

  • Wrongful Death Claims
  • Transportation Liability
  • Construction Site Injuries
  • Medical Negligence
  • Nursing Home Negligence
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability

Bar Admission

  • Illinois, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2007

Education

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois J.D. – 2007 (Certification – Trial Advocacy)
  • Miami University B.A. – 2004

Honors & Awards

  • Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star – Top 2.5 % of Attorneys in Illinois under 40 years old (2016, 2017)
  • National Trial Lawyers – “Top 40 Under 40 Attorneys” in the Civil Plaintiff Litigation category (2017)
  • Chicago Law Bulletin Media Emerging Lawyer – Top 2.0% of Attorneys in Illinois under 40 years old (2019, 2020)
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer Magazine – “Top 40 Under 40 Illinois Attorneys To Watch” (2020)
  • Illinois Super Lawyers Super Lawyer – Top 5% of All Attorneys in Illinois (2020, 2021)

Professional & Bar Association/memberships

  • American Association for Justice
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association

James P. Lynch is a trial lawyer who represents victims and their families in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases. Prior to joining Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC, Jim practiced commercial litigation at a prominent Chicago law firm, where he defended nationally-recognized insurance providers against personal injury claims across the Midwest, as well as prosecuted antitrust matters on behalf of corporate plaintiffs and represented the City of Chicago in multiple Police Board administrative trials. Specifically, Jim’s experience defending against personal injury and wrongful death claims gives him valuable insight to maximize his clients’ recovery due to the negligence of others.

In the years that Jim has represented the injured and their families throughout Illinois, he has been selected as a Rising Star by the Illinois Super Lawyers publication (2016, 2017), which is limited to fewer than 2.5% of attorneys in Illinois under 40 years old. Jim has also been recognized by Chicago Law Bulletin Media as an Emerging Lawyer (2019, 2020) for his nursing home negligence and general personal injury work, a distinction limited to fewer than 2.0% of the attorneys in Illinois under 40 years old. Jim was recently selected as a Super Lawyer in 2020 and 2021 by the same Illinois Super Lawyers publication noted above, a distinction given to less than 5% of all attorneys across Illinois, regardless of age. Finally, Jim was extremely honored to have been selected in 2020 as a “Top 40 Under 40 Illinois Attorneys To Watch” by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer Magazine, an award which covers attorneys in all areas of law, across Illinois. Over this same time period, Jim has recovered many millions for injured clients through settlement, mediation, and jury verdicts. As a result, in January 2021, Jim was promoted to Partner here at the firm.

Jim received his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2007, where he was a recipient of the Corboy Trial Advocacy Fellowship, a scholarship and intensive trial advocacy training program awarded to the top advocates at Loyola Law as chosen by faculty. As a Corboy Fellow, Jim competed nationally in mock trial competitions across the United States. He further received the CALI Award for the highest grade in Appellate Advocacy and was a member of the Dean’s List. Jim received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. At Miami University, Jim served as a Justice on the faculty-selected Student Court and was a member of the Dean’s List. Jim is a lifelong Chicago area resident, first raised in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood on the south side and later in suburban Western Springs, where he graduated from Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park.

Mr. Lynch is currently admitted to the Illinois Bar and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He has previously been admitted pro hac vice in cases across the Midwest. Jim is the married father of two young children.

Results

  • $15,000,000.00 settlement on behalf of several mattress retailers in In re: Polyurethane Foam Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Ohio), a federal class action lawsuit involving an alleged price-fixing conspiracy by a nationwide group of polyurethane foam manufacturers.
  • $5,350,000.00 settlement on behalf of a 45-year-old man who was a passenger in a golf cart rollover incident in Galena, Illinois, due to a steep and unsafe cart path, which caused multiple and permanent leg injuries.
  • $1,032,300.79 excess Cook County jury verdict in an automobile case on behalf of a 57-year-old mother and 35-year-old daughter injured in a rear-end crash in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. The defendant’s insurance company refused to offer any settlement money until the start of trial, four years following the crash. The insurance company denied our clients’ claims throughout trial, arguing that each woman’s injuries were not related to the crash itself. Following the jury verdict in excess of the defendant’s insurance policy limits, the insurance company settled for a total of $1,045,923.61 to avoid further litigation. (2018 Top 50 Personal Injury Jury Verdict in Illinois)
  • $1,000,000.00 settlement on behalf of the estate of a 63-year-old man with developmental disabilities that choked to death while a resident of a Cicero, Illinois non-for-profit group home.
  • $1,000,000.00 settlement on behalf of the estate of a 34-year-old man who fell onto the elevated tracks while intoxicated at a CTA train station in Chicago, after security failed to identify him and remove him from the station.
  • $800,000.00 settlement on behalf of a 31-year-old man who suffered multiple leg fractures upon striking a Chicago pothole while driving a moped.
  • $722,500.00 settlement on behalf of a 90-year-old woman, an 85-year-old woman, and a 63-year-old woman injured when a construction company pickup truck crashed into their parked vehicle at high speed on the west side of Chicago. Approximately 5 minutes earlier, the pickup truck had been stolen in the North Lawndale neighborhood. It was established through police reports and the written discovery process that the construction worker left the truck unlocked and the keys visible in the center console as he performed work down the street, thereby making it foreseeable the truck would be stolen and cause injury to others driving.
  • $600,000.00 settlement on behalf of a 63-year-old man who suffered an infection after undergoing total ankle replacement surgery. Defendant Chicago-area hospital and Chicago-area podiatrist failed to recognize and timely treat an infection that developed at the surgical site, leading to additional surgeries and treatment.
  • $400,000.00 settlement on behalf of a family of four injured in a multiple-car collision in Orland Park.
  • $400,000.00 settlement on behalf of a 70-year-old woman neglected by employees of a Palos Hills nursing home, which caused her to develop severe bedsores that required surgery.
  • $350,000.00 settlement on behalf of a 40-year-old construction laborer who suffered torn ligaments in his right knee after stepping into an uncovered manhole left open by another subcontractor on the I-90 renovation project in Chicago’s northwest suburbs.
  • $287,000.00 Cook County jury verdict on behalf of a 62-year-old service technician who fell through a negligently-maintained roof hatch at the Lake Forest Tollway Oasis, suffering a concussion and partial tear to his right rotator cuff. The service technician previously notified the defendant’s property manager about the issues with the roof hatch and no repairs were made prior to his fall. This jury verdict was nearly five times the last settlement offer by the defendant’s property manager prior to trial. (2019 Top 50 Personal Injury Jury Verdict in Illinois.)
  • $275,000.00 settlement on behalf of the estate of a 73-year-old woman against two Chicago nursing homes in the Norwood Park and North Park neighborhoods for causing multiple pressure ulcers to her sacral area and buttocks.
  • $275,000.00 settlement on behalf of a 60-year-old postal worker who was delivering mail to a home in Palos Park when he was attacked by the homeowners’ dog and suffered permanent injury to his wrist.
  • $265,000.00 settlement on behalf of a 42-year-old man who stepped into a pothole filled with water during a Chicago street festival in the Bucktown neighborhood, suffering multiple leg fractures that required surgery. Defendants denied that the area where the man was injured was a part of the festival grounds and also denied the existence of any pothole filled with water. Settled at mediation after fact discovery was completed.
  • $250,000.00 settlement on behalf of a 49-year-old woman struck by motorist as a pedestrian in a crosswalk in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood due to lumbar spinal injuries.
  • $225,000.00 settlement on behalf of an 89-year-old female who developed a pressure ulcer on her sacrum, which became infected with MRSA.
  • $145,978.00 Kankakee County jury verdict on behalf of a 53-year-old house painter who suffered a rotator cuff injury in a fall off a ladder. The jury awarded damages in the exact dollar amounts suggested during the closing argument. The insurance company that represented the defendant homeowner did not offer a single dollar for the injuries the housepainter suffered in his fall either prior to or during trial.
  • $90,000.00 Cook County jury verdict on behalf of a 43-year-old woman that suffered injuries to her cheek and mouth following a motor vehicle collision in Chicago’s Loop, where she was a passenger in a taxicab. Jury awarded verdict three times the settlement amount offered by the defendant taxicab company prior to trial.
  • Served as City of Chicago Special Assistant Corporation Counsel in an administrative trial involving two police officers before the Department’s Police Board. The officers were charged with violating six different Department rules and regulations for the illegal detainment and transport of a civilian against his will. The incident was captured on videotape and the Police Board trial itself was profiled on WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR affiliate, in a series of online news articles published in February and May 2013. Successfully secured a guilty finding against both officers for their conduct, which violated CPD rules and regulations.

Client Testimonials

“Jim Lynch and his team at TPMB were outstanding! What I thought was going to be a standard case for my injury turned into an extremely complicated case at every level. Jim worked incredibly hard to bring all parties to the table for settlement ahead of schedule. He was able to negotiate a higher settlement than I expected. I could not have asked for a better lawyer and overall experience at TPMB despite the circumstances. I don’t often give my highest recommendation but Jim absolutely earned it!” – Jonathan B.

“James Lynch is the best in the business. He worked tirelessly for me and my family to help get our case resolved. He walked me through every step of the way and always maintained communication. James made me feel like I was his most important client, while maintaining the utmost integrity.” – Chris M.

“I was involved in a hit and run accident while walking my dog last summer. I was scared and huge doctor bills started piling up almost immediately as I tried to recover. Struggling to work with my insurance company in what I found to be a very confusing process, I felt extremely lucky to be introduced to Jim Lynch, who immediately helped me work through a tough and complex system. He was compassionate and patient, all while alleviating my stress and anxiety so I could focus my energy on healing. He is incredibly reliable, always answering the phone or getting back to me quickly with all my questions and concerns. He always had my best interests at heart and I am forever grateful to Jim and his entire team.” – Ashley K.

“Marc Taxman and James Lynch are top-notch attorneys who worked aggressively and diligently (including weekends and long nights) to obtain very favorable verdicts for my mom and I at trial! They (and the entire staff) made us feel very comfortable throughout the entire litigation process and even made us feel like family during the stressful week-long trial. I hope I never need their services again, but if I do, I already know who I will call and will recommend them to anyone I know who needs help like we did. Thanks again for your awesomeness and hard work!” – Jen F.

“Although Jim had only been working on my case for a few weeks, he was very familiar with it and was determined to have a positive outcome. Jim’s closing argument and final rebuttal completely knocked it out of the park. He could not have done better and the jury’s judgment is testament to that.” – Jenn K.

“Working with Mr. Lynch to seek compensation from an auto accident is one of the best decisions I ever made. My case was unique and complicated from start to finish. Jim’s expertise made it as effortless for me as possible. He was straightforward on the process, always accessible, and constantly providing updates. Most importantly, he induced the max settlement I could receive. Jim did not let the substandard insurance company avoid their payout obligation. He put them in a situation where settling was their best option. Another development occurred after we thought our suit was complete. Jim still provided his skills to remedy the issue. I will always be grateful for him doing this. As for his character, Mr. Lynch is very friendly and honest. I never felt like my best interests were not being served.” – Michael B.

“James Lynch took my case on and represented my family very well. Jim is very knowledgeable and confident, which lead me to have full trust in him and he did not let me down. It was with great pleasure to work with Jim in settling my case to prove right from wrong. I truly appreciate everything he’s done.” – Cynthia M.

“Being this my first time using a lawyer and hearing some horror stories about friend’s experiences, I was dreading the experience. I could not have been more wrong. Jim was an absolute pleasure to work with in every aspect. He answered questions promptly and precisely no matter how redundant or small, he worked insanely hard to get me the best outcome in my case, and went the extra mile more than once to meet up with me and talk in person to give me details and provide documents. I could not recommend him more highly. If you are looking for a lawyer that will make your life easier and not harder, Jim is your guy.” – Alex F.

“You were truly great to work with. You gave me a great amount of support during a difficult deposition and you were always there to answer my questions. I felt a great rapport with you…you are truly a great asset.” – Jeffrey Lonstein, President and Chief Operating Officer of Jeffco Fibres, Inc.

“Jim is a star with nearly unlimited potential…both in terms of substantive litigation ability and business development skills.” – Charles Tompkins, Head of Antitrust and Unfair Competition Practice Group at Williams, Montgomery & John, Ltd.

Civic Organizations

Open Heart Magic – Professional Board Vice President of Sponsorships & Partnerships; prior recipient of “Special Service Award” for fundraising efforts on behalf of this non-for-profit organization that provides interactive magic to sick and terminally ill children in Chicago area hospitals.