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Gary F. Lynch
Gary F. Lynch has been engaged in the practice of law for the last twenty-seven years and currently oversees a nationally recognized plaintiffs’ class action practice in the areas of data breach and privacy litigation, employee rights, wage & hour litigation, and consumer protection. Gary and his firm have handled hundreds of class actions in federal and state courts throughout the country. He has been appointed as class counsel in cases brought against many of the country’s largest business organizations, and has achieved many substantial recoveries on behalf of plaintiff classes. Gary has been appointed to leadership positions in some of the largest and most complex data breach cases of the past three years. He currently serves as Co-lead Counsel for the financial institution plaintiffs in In re Home Depot, Inc., Customer Data Security Breach Litigation and was appointed to the five-member overall Executive Committee responsible for both the consumer and financial institution plaintiff tracks of the In re Target Corporation Customer Data Security Breach Litigation.
In 2012, Gary served as Counsel of Record before the United States Supreme Court in the case of Genesis HealthCare Corp. v. Symczyk, addressing the issue of whether Rule 68 can be used to moot an FLSA collective action. The case resulted in a 5-4 decision, with Justice Kagan writing a strong dissent on behalf of Gary’s client – a position which subsequently was adopted by the majority of the Court in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez. Currently, Gary is plaintiffs’ lead counsel in the case of Dittman et al v. UPMC d/b/a The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and UPMC McKeesport, a case which has been selected to be heard by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on the issue of whether an employer has a legal duty to reasonably protect the confidential personal and financial data of its employees.
Gary earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1989 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he served as an Editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the Pennsylvania State University in 1986. He is admitted to numerous federal courts across the nation. He holds the Martindale Hubbell “AV” rating and has been rated as a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer.” Gary is frequent local and national Continuing Legal Education lecturer and serves on the Local Rules Advisory Committee for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He lives in the Northside neighborhood of Pittsburgh.