Jennifer J. Lynch is an associate in Best Best & Krieger’s Environmental Law & Natural Resources practice group, where she counsels and defends both public agencies and private developers under complex state and federal environmental and land use laws, with a special emphasis on the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. Prior to obtaining her law degree, Jennifer worked for several years as a land use and environmental planning consultant, experience that gives her a unique perspective on the development process and the role of legal counsel in guiding projects to fruition. She frequently draws upon her prior planning experience when working with consultants and agency staff, drafting and reviewing environmental reports, and litigating complex environmental issues.
Jennifer received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she was named Clinical Student of the Year in 2012 for her outstanding work representing local organizations and low-income residents in both transactional matters and civil litigation. Jennifer was also a member of the Hastings Moot Court Team, competing in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition in New York.
A frequent speaker on CEQA issues, Jennifer sits on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Association of Environmental Professionals as that chapter’s legislative liaison. Through that position, she helps track and comment on proposed environmental legislation on behalf of AEP, and stays up to date on hot button issues as soon as they arise. She is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a LEED Accredited Professional, and holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California at Irvine. She is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Central and Eastern districts of California and is licensed to practice law in the State of California.
Having always been interested in California history, Jennifer is also a member of the Mission Inn Foundation, a group dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the historic Mission Inn in downtown Riverside. Through the Foundation, Jennifer is studying to become a volunteer docent at the Mission Inn, and looks forward to interpreting and sharing the history of the Inn, Riverside and California’s citrus industry with the Inn’s visitors from around the world.
University of California, Hastings, J.D.
University of California, Irvine, M.U.R.P.
San Francisco State University, B.A.