Jennifer J. Lynch

Associate

Tel: (949) 263-6580

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At a Glance

Jennifer is a recipient of the Daily Journal's Environmental California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award in 2017.
 
Her practice focuses on CEQA and NEPA compliance and litigation.
 
Jennifer worked for several years as a land use and environmental consultant prior to law school.

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.

In 2017, the Daily Journal recognized her with the prestigious California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award for Environmental Law.
 
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.
 
Education

  • University of California, Hastings, J.D.
  • University of California, Irvine, M.U.R.P.
  • San Francisco State University, B.A.

 

Town vs. Gown
Authored Articles & Publications Sep 28, 2017

Town vs. Gown

How Land Use and Environmental Laws Mediate Disputes Between Universities, Colleges and Communities

California Governor Extends CEQA Litigation Streamlining Provisions for Large Projects Promoting Job Creation and Innovative Technologies
Legal Alerts Aug 30, 2016

California Governor Extends CEQA Litigation Streamlining Provisions for Large Projects Promoting Job Creation and Innovative Technologies

Law Will Expedite Schedules for Qualified Projects

Sweeping Six-Case Win for Water District
Legal Alerts May 11, 2016

Sweeping Six-Case Win for Water District

Court Upholds Public-Private Groundwater Conservation and Recovery Project That Will Serve Customers Throughout Southern California

California Governor Signs Legislation Establishing Significant New Energy Goals
Legal Alerts Oct 7, 2015

California Governor Signs Legislation Establishing Significant New Energy Goals

Law Sets Standards Aimed at Addressing Climate Change

Preliminary Discussion Draft of CEQA Guidelines Amendments Released
Legal Alerts Aug 13, 2015

Preliminary Discussion Draft of CEQA Guidelines Amendments Released

Comments Due to Office of Planning and Research by Oct. 12

Uncertainty of Legislative Earmarks Not Enough to Deem Mitigation Infeasible
Legal Alerts Aug 7, 2015

Uncertainty of Legislative Earmarks Not Enough to Deem Mitigation Infeasible

California Supreme Court Takes on CEQA Issue in State College Expansion Project

California’s Office of Planning and Research Releases Draft Technical Advisory for Formal Native American Consultations Under AB 52
Legal Alerts May 18, 2015

California’s Office of Planning and Research Releases Draft Technical Advisory for Formal Native American Consultations Under AB 52

Comments on the Draft Advisory due by June 1