James R. Lynch

Direct Dial: 206-529-3029
Ph: 206-287-9900
Fx: 206-287-9902

James R. Lynch Attorney

Practice Areas

  • Construction Law
  • Contract Development, Drafting, Negotiation, Review, Claims, and Litigation
  • Real Estate Acquisitions, Sales, Leases, Transfers, and Disputes
  • Commercial & Business Litigation
  • Corporate General Counsel

Practice Description

Mr. Lynch represents and advises property and project owners, general contractors, trade contractors/subcontractors, and design professionals on a variety of matters, including contracts and claims, litigation and arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, risk evaluation and management, real estate transactions and disputes, procurement, bid protests, and insurance coverage matters. He additionally provides general outside counsel to several closely-held Pacific Northwest companies.

Since joining Ahlers & Cressman in 2011, Mr. Lynch has recovered millions of dollars for clients on construction and real estate claims, and successfully defended his contractor and developer clients from millions more in potential liability. Example matters he has recently litigated and resolved include recovering a multimillion dollar settlement of claims for a general contractor and subcontractors on a major Washington school project, successfully defending and favorably settling (with insurance funding) claims against a subcontractor on an Alaska utility installation project, defending a major international contractor against defect claims by an Oregon airport district, litigating and favorably resolving a multimillion dollar dispute between a leading Northwest mechanical contractor and a public body regarding a multi-facility energy performance contract, defending and securing the sole ownership rights of a prominent Pierce County developer in a corporate dissolution dispute implicating dozens of multi-million dollar real estate development transactions and entities, and recovering a six-figure settlement for a golf course builder following termination of its contract by a course owner.

Mr. Lynch also routinely negotiates, drafts, and reviews numerous private and public construction contracts and subcontracts ranging from $100,000 to over $10,000,000, including design-build, design-bid-build, negotiated procurement, and energy performance contracting methodologies, as well as supply contracts, purchase orders, and various master agreements.

In real estate matters, Mr. Lynch has negotiated and facilitated closing of multiple commercial and warehouse property sales, restructured and resolved substantial real-estate debts, and represented owners and tenants entering commercial leases. He has also successfully resolved boundary disputes, environmental issues, title matters, and lease matters.

As general counsel, Mr. Lynch provides business-oriented advice and representation including business entity selection and formation, risk identification and management, contracting, insurance coverage, and related issues arising in his clients’ day-to-day business.

In his years of practice prior to joining Ahlers & Cressman, Mr. Lynch was primarily a litigator, serving large and small companies, government agencies, and insurers. He successfully resolved numerous construction disputes, product liability claims, workplace injury matters, insurance coverage claims, class actions (primarily involving title and escrow matters), municipal liability suits, and catastrophic injury and property damage claims in state and federal court.

Professional Associations & Presentations

  • American Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Washington Defense Trail Lawyers
  • American Mensa


  • University of Washington, J.D. 2007
  • University of Washington, B.B.A. cum laude, 2004 (Business Administration, Operations Management)