Karen L. Lynch

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Karen L. Lynch


Ms. Lynch joined McCormick Barstow’s Fresno office in 2020.  She concentrates in civil litigation.

Ms. Lynch is admitted to practice law before the U.S. District Court Eastern and Northern Districts of California, and all of  California State Courts. .

Ms. Lynch has a general civil litigation practice as a defense and plaintiff’s counsel.   Areas include professional negligence, bodily injury, personal injury (defamation), breach of contract, construction defect, employment, agriculture (crop loss), products liability, guardianships, conservatorships, environmental law and pet adoptions.

Juris Doctor, 1990
University of Nebraska

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 1981; Master of Arts, Psychology, 1989
California State University, Fresno

Ms. Lynch is a civil litigator.

Ms. Lynch is a member of the California Women Lawyers, Fresno County Women Lawyers, Fresno County Bar Association, Fresno County Bar Association Chair (2022-presnt), Fresno County Bar Association Attorney Referral Service Committee Chair (2022-present), the Federal Bar Association, National Women’s Political Caucus, Fresno Chapter, Fresno Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Fresno Women’s Network.

Community Involvement

Ms. Lynch is an active member of a number of community and legal organizations and is past President and currently continuing as head of public relations for the San Joaquin Chapter of Liga International (aka “The Flying Doctors of Mercy”).  Ms. Lynch was on the Fresno National Women’s Political Caucus board as the 2012 California Director. Ms. Lynch received the Fresno County Women Lawyers’ Pauline Hanson Award in 2004, for extraordinary service to the community, the legal profession, and particularly to the advancement of women and for professional excellence.  In 2005, Ms. Lynch received the Fresno County Young Lawyers’ Judge Blaine Pettitt Mentor award, and in 2006, she received the Marjaree Mason Center’s “Top Ten Business Professional Women of the Year” award. In October of 2011 and 2014, Ms. Lynch was recognized by Central California Legal Services with the State Bar of California, Board of Governors Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services for voluntary provision of legal services to the poor. On May 21, 2014, the Better Business Bureau of Central California and Inland Empire honored Karen L. Lynch, Inc. A Profession Law Corporation with the 8th Annual 2014 Torch Award for Marketplace Excellence,  as an outstanding small local for-profit business, when she had her own firm, that has demonstrated a commitment to the highest ethical standards a business can have, both in operations and in terms of integrity, reliability and responsiveness to employees, vendors and customers which is the first time a law firm has been recognized. On Law Day May 1, 2015, Ms. Lynch was recognized by the Fresno County Bar Association, Pro Bono Services Section, as Attorney of the Year for her superior leadership, dedication and commitment to increase access to justice. Currently she is co-founding a group to bring equal access to playgrounds in the Central Valley, is a volunteer for the San Joaquin River Parkway and the Eco Village project of Fresno, and is on the Board of the Fresno County Bar Association. She also volunteers Fresno County Bar Association, Fee Dispute Arbitrator (2008 – to date); Pro Tempore Judicial Officer for Fresno County Superior Court for small claims and occasional settlement conferences (03/04/1998 – to date).

Honors and Awards

Ms. Lynch is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated with Martindale-Hubbell. She has also been selected for inclusion in the Northern California Super Lawyers list (2021-2023).

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