Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP attorney, Debra McVicker Lynch
, has been selected by The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana for the position of United States Magistrate Judge.
Ms. Lynch is currently of counsel in Taft’s Indianapolis office. She has been with Taft (formerly Sommer Barnard) for more than 20 years. Her practice has included litigation of contract disputes, business dissolutions, antitrust matters, securities fraud cases, professional malpractice actions, and non-competition and trade secret matters. Ms. Lynch served as a law clerk to the Hon. Sarah Evans Barker from 1986 - 1988.
Ms. Lynch is also an adjunct professor at Indiana University School of Law,
Indianapolis, teaching the Complex Litigation course. She served as Special Master for Judge Sarah Evans Barker in the Bridgestone/Firestone Tires Products Liability Multidistrict Litigation from 2000 to 2004. Ms. Lynch is an active member of the Local Rules Advisory Committee for the Southern District of Indiana, serves as secretary on the board of directors for the Carmel Clay Education Foundation, and has served as a volunteer for the Heartland Pro Bono Council. She is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, the Indianapolis Bar Association, the Seventh Circuit Bar Association, and is a Master Member of the Indianapolis American Inn of Court.
"Debbie has had a distinguished career as a federal judicial clerk, commercial litigator, Special Master in the Firestone/Bridgestone litigation, and adjunct professor,” said Robert Hicks, partner-in-charge of Taft’s Indianapolis office. “She has been a tremendous asset to our firm and our clients. Her unique combination of gifts - personality, intelligence, common sense, integrity, and balanced judgment - will serve her and litigants well in her role as Federal Magistrate Judge. We will miss her daily presence as a colleague and friend, but we are very excited for Debbie and our federal court system as she takes this next step."
Ms. Lynch was born in Muncie, Indiana, and is a summa cum laude graduate of the Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Indiana Law Review. She received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Miami in Florida.
United States Magistrate Judges are appointed by the Judges of the U.S. District Court for a term of eight years, and are eligible for reappointment to successive terms. Magistrate judges preside over many pretrial proceedings in both civil and criminal cases in federal court. This position became available due to the elevation of William T. Lawrence to an Article III judgeship, effective July 1, 2008.
A Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Committee chaired by retired Magistrate Judge V. Sue Shields reviewed more than 50 applications and recommended five candidates for the position. The District Judges of the court then selected Ms. Lynch from among those five candidates.
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is a full-service law firm with offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana, Northern Kentucky, Phoenix, Arizona and Beijing, China. With more than 320 attorneys, the firm provides a broad range of legal services to businesses and individuals, including litigation, corporate and business law, securities and municipal financing, tax and estate planning, labor and employment law, real estate and environmental, health care, intellectual property and unfair competition and antitrust law. .