Dennis E. Lynch
Adjunct Professor of Law
Mr. Lynch is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Syracuse University School of Law where he served as an Editor of the Syracuse Law Review and was selected as a Member of the Order of the Coif. Subsequent to Law School, Mr. Lynch was the author of several Sections of Syracuse Law School’s Survey of New York Law. Additionally, Mr. Lynch is a published author in the areas of municipal, land use and property rights and was a regular contributor to the Rhodes Law Review. In addition to currently being an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School and St. John’s Law School, Mr. Lynch has been a lecturer at Pace University Law School and has served as an Adjunct Professor of Alternative Dispute Resolution at The Catholic University College of Ghana. Mr. Lynch has traveled throughout New York State training Land Use Board Members and other municipal Officials on New York and Federal land use practices and procedures. Mr. Lynch has also been selected as a Program Presenter for municipal issues at NYCOM, the New York State Planning Federation and Pace Law School’s Annual Land Use Program.
Additionally, Mr. Lynch has extensive experience in municipal matters having served as municipal counsel in South Nyack, Stony Point, Monticello, Montebello and Yonkers, New York. He also has extensive experience in land use and religious rights litigation. In addition to being lead trial and appellate counsel in the highest property rights verdict in New York State, Mr. Lynch has litigated numerous First Amendment and RLUIPA cases in both Federal District Courts and State Courts. Mr. Lynch was lead counsel in controversial religious land uses cases involving the rights of Orthodox Jewish residents in Villages of Airmont and Kiryas Joel in New York State. In addition to those litigation matters, Mr. Lynch has successfully represented Muslim organizations in land use matters involving First Amendment issues and also served as Counsel to victims of violence in a lawsuit concerning actions of the now deceased former leader of Libya, Colonel Moammar Kadafi. Mr. Lynch has also worked with United States Representative Christopher Smith on the Helsinki Commission concerning religious discrimination issues and traveled internationally to represent the victims of religious discrimination.
Mr. Lynch, in addition to his academic, trial and appellate work in municipal, land use and civil rights matters, is Counsel to the Giving to Ghana Foundation, Inc. traveling extensively to Ghana, West Africa and also served as Counsel to Project Reconciliation which involved efforts by paralyzed Police Officer Steven McDonald and the late Father Mychal Judge, O.F.M. (the first Victim of 9/11 in NYC) to help resolve religious conflicts in Northern Ireland. Mr. Lynch currently serves as the Village Justice in South Nyack, New York where he has presided over numerous jury and non-jury trials for the past half decade.