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James M Lynch

Divorce and separation Attorney at Hingham, MA

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Jim Lynch

  • Licensed for 46 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1977
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Includes divorce, alimony the division of marital assets, child support and child custody. Extensive experience in Massachusetts Probate & Family Courts, including Plymouth, Norfolk and Barnstable Counties.

    39 years, 200 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    Includes OUI defense and obtaining hardship licenses pursuant to the state's first offender program. Decades of experience practicing criminal law as a former Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney.

    44 years, 500 cases

  3. Personal injury
    Includes decades of experience as a plaintiff's attorney for victims of car and auto accident, motorcycle accidents and dog bites.

    39 years, 2,000 cases

  4. Domestic violence
    Includes obtaining and defending 209 abuse prevention orders (restraining orders) and 258E harassment protection orders in Massachusetts District Courts and Probate and Family Courts.

    39 years, 200 cases

James M. Lynch, has been a practicing attorney since 1977 and is a Principal and the President of Lynch & Owens, P.C. A resident of Hingham since 1983, Jim’s experience as both an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County and as a litigator in all Courts in Massachusetts since 1977 has proven invaluable in his professional representation of the clients of Lynch & Owens. Today, Jim specializes in probate, family law, personal injury cases and select areas of criminal law.

Jim graduated from Boston College (B.S. 1973) and Suffolk University Law School (J.D. 1976). Jim was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in January 1977 and is also a member of the Bar of the Federal District Court for Massachusetts and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. From 1977 through 1984, Jim served as an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County. During that time, Jim wrote and argued appeals before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court and also successfully prosecuted hundreds of felony cases, many of which were tried before juries of twelve.

From 1984 through 1987, Jim was employed as Senior Trial Counsel for Commercial Union Insurance Company’s Boston office and defended hundreds ofpersonal injury cases in state and federal courts. The cases ranged from automobile accident cases to complexproduct liability cases tried before state and federal juries. From 1987 through 1990, Jim became associated with P.J. Piscitelli, a noted Brockton criminal trial attorney for whom he handled a thriving personal injury practice. During those years, Jim successfully prosecuted a wide variety of personal injury cases, including products liability, lead paint, closed head injury, death and other cases involving serious injury, including a bus accident case resulting in a verdict from a Suffolk County jury for $3.1 Million.

Jim began his own practice of law in 1991 in Brockton and continued to represent injured clients, obtaining results for his clients ranging into the millions.    During this period, Jim expanded his practice into Hingham and, in 1995, co-founded the firm now known as Lynch & Owens, and his trial practice began to include domestic relations, with his first divorce trial in 1998.  Today, his practice is divided evenly between domestic relations and personal injury cases and he continues to provide outstanding results for clients. Jim’s Memberships and Affiliations include: Massachusetts Bar Association (Member since 1977) and Plymouth County Bar Association (Member since 1988). 

Jim's Memberships and Affiliations include:


  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member since 1977
  • Plymouth County Bar Association, Member since 1988



 Specialty Areas


Jim’s specialty areas are personal injury, probate and family litigation including divorce, domestic violence, child custody, equity and estates litigation.


South Shore Focus


Jim practices primarily in Plymouth, Norfolk, Bristol, Suffolk and Middlesex counties.


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Posted by cfl1011 | December 13, 2011
Jim's firm represented me for my divorce
Jim's firm represented me during my divorce. My divorce was one of the very few that go to a trial. While Jim did not represent me directly he was involved in all of the work and time that was put in to helping me get through it. Jim is a very kind, fair and responsive professional man. I have been a client of his fim since 2003 as my divorce was very contentious and involved. Jim and his staff treated me wonderfully; they were patient and supportive during a very difficult time in my life. Jim's firm represented me after the trial as unfortunately my situation warranted. With the kindness and support of Jim and his firm I was able to continue to work, live my life and single parent my two children over the past 9 years. I plan to stay in touch with Jim going forward and highly recommend him as a lawyer and his firm.
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Posted by David | May 7, 2011
Solid counsel
I enlisted the services of Attorney James Lynch in order to help me navigate a very difficult situation regarding the care of my ailing mother and the protection of those trusts (of which I was Co-Trustee) which had been set up to protect both my mother and her estate. At the time, two of my three siblings; one of whom was also a Co-Trustee; were quite literally stealing from my mother and through their deceitful maneuverings were attempting to force a dispersal of her estate far in advance of even knowing what my mother's expenses might be, and certainly without due regard for her well-being. When I first sat down with Attorney Lynch, I was struck by the fact that, while he listened carefully to my description of the situation, he did not take me just at my word, but instead asked all the insightful questions, then did his own investigation, and slowly but very surely became one of my greatest allies. His desire to verify the veracity of my story was and is something that I both greatly appreciate and respect. Soon thereafter, Attorney Lynch was able to implement certain safeguards so as to put a halt to the bleeding of the estate as well as force my siblings into a more forthright and prudent approach to my mother's care. Throughout the ensuing years, as my mother's health and mental acuity failed, Attorney Lynch was there to help me ensure both my mother's continued good care and protect her estate from the premature dissolution which my two siblings continued to maneuver for. His knowledge and understanding of the law and his facility with the legal landscape was nothing short of impressive; but even more than that, his insightfulness and his clarity of thought were a supreme comfort to me. He gained my complete confidence and proved to be a most steadying hand through a very, very, trying period. He was always quick to respond and never failed to provide wisdom; truly what 'counsel' is meant to be. He has my respect and my undying gratitude.
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Posted by Douglas | May 5, 2011
A Terrific Lawyer and a Solid Person with Integrity
Jim helped me several years ago prepare for a dispute and attend a hearing with the Massachusetts Department of Employment when I owned my own business. After working with him and seeing his professionalism, I subsequently referred my mother to him. She needed help in addressing a number of legal issues after she was diagnosed with a terminal illness. He asked both of us pertinent questions, helped formulate a strategy and then executed his part of the strategies flawlessly. Especially in the case of my mother, he not only displayed the legal expertise to effectively solve the problem, but displayed sensitivity, understanding and human qualities that very few people have. I have referred a number of people to him since, generally people getting divorced. The feedback is always the same – “Where did you find him? He was great! “ If I sound like a fan, it is because I am. "Integrity" is the word that always comes to mind when I think of dealing with him. My mother was a tough critic but couldn't say enough positive things about this man, both in terms of what he helped her accomplish and who he was as a person. Not an easy thing if you knew my mother. I can't say enough good things. I HIGHLY recommend him!
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Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2011
James M. Lynch
I have dealt with Attorney Lynch for many years. I have always had prompt and professional responses. James has proven himself to be both knowlegeable and dilligent. I would reccommend Jim and his Law Firm to anyone. I have the highest regard for James and have and will reccommend him to others.


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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • South Shore Divorce Mediation
  • 2017 - Present
  • Partner
  • Lynch & Owens, P.C.
  • 1995 - Present
  • Partner
  • Piscitelli, Domenico & Murphy
  • 1991 - 1995
  • Associate
  • Law Office of P.J. Piscitelli
  • 1987 - 1990
  • Senior Trial Attorney
  • Commercial Union Insurance Company
  • 1984 - 1987
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Suffolk County District Attorney
  • 1977 - 1984
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  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD
  • 1976
  • Boston College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1973

Legal Cases

  • Divorce Case
  • Divorce - with the parties bearing equal responsibility in the marital debt.
  • Motor Vehicle Accident
  • Case resolved for $100,000 policy limits prior to trial
  • Domestic Assault & Battery - Plymouth, Mass
  • Case dismissed by prosecution prior to trial
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  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Notary Public
  • 1997 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Plymouth County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • Massachusetts State Bar
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Member
  • N/A
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Pilgrim Advocates
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Distinguished Lawyer
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2019
  • Top 10 Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2019
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Avvo Rating of Excellent
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Top Contributer
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Cornell Law School LII
  • Legal Information Institute/ Silver Badge
  • 2011
  • Outstanding Performance - Conciliation/Pre-Trial Program
  • Region One - Civil Circuit - District Court Dept.
  • 2000
  • Outstanding Performance - Conciliation/Pre-Trial Program
  • Region One - Civil Circuit - District Court Dept.
  • 1999
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (119)
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Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Lynch. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who gets great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Lynch is highly regarded by his colleagues and works hard to get the best results for his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 26
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Sep 28
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jul 13
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jun 10
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"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Lynch is a dedicated and skillful attorney who gives thoughtful and insightful guidance in his Avvo answers. He is a valued member of the Avvo community who is generous in sharing his time and expertise by spending considerable time participating on this site. It is my pleasure to endorse him"
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His insightful contributions to Avvo show his thorough knowledge of personal injury law."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Lynch is an asset to the legal community"
Litigation Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Lynch has a thorough understanding of personal injury law and offers practical solutions to complex matters. I highly recommend him to anyone needing a personal injury attorney in Massachusetts."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Lynch is a fine lawyer with extensive experience in trial law and with wide knowledge about the local area and legal environment. He is responsive to his clients and their needs are his preeminent concern."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Lynch. As evidenced by the number of questions he has answered on Avvo, he has a great understanding of the law. One can deduce through his many work experiences that he is a stellar attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 20
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 08
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Personal injury Attorney | Sep 30
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 26
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. From his impressive answers on Avvo, it is clear he is dedicated to serving his clients."
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