Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Timothy Lynch recommended for vice president, general counsel

President Mary Sue Coleman is recommending Timothy G. Lynch, deputy general counsel for litigation and enforcement with the U.S. Department of Energy, as the next vice president and general counsel of U-M.

  Timothy Lynch

His appointment will be effective Jan. 7, 2013, pending approval by the Board of Regents.

Lynch succeeds Suellyn Scarnecchia, who stepped down from her position May 31 to return to the faculty at the Law School.

"I look forward to the leadership, depth of experience, and vision that Mr. Lynch will bring to the university as vice president and general counsel," Coleman said in a recommendation to the regents. "The Board of Regents and I are deeply committed to maintaining a well-respected and superior office of general counsel for the university, and we are very confident that Mr. Lynch will excel in managing this area."

The vice president and general counsel is responsible for the university's legal affairs. He will set strategic direction, serve as senior legal counsel to the Board of Regents, university administration and university units, supervise the professional legal staff, and manage relationships with outside counsel.

Lynch also served as the acting general counsel with the Energy Department from December 2011 through April 2012.

Before joining the Department of Energy, Lynch was an assistant chief litigation counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commissions (2009-10), where he litigated nationwide securities and fraud enforcement actions.

Prior to joining the SEC, Lynch served for seven years as an assistant United States attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. There he was a senior prosecutor in the Fraud and Public Corruption Section.

Lynch began his legal career in 1995 as a law clerk to Judge Cornelia G. Kennedy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and thereafter joined the Washington, D.C., law firm of Shea & Gardner from 1996-2002.

Lynch also is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches evidence, and the University of Virginia Law School, where he teaches courses on white-collar crime.

Lynch received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rochester in 1990 and his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1995. While at Georgetown, Lynch served as editor-in-chief of the Georgetown Law Journal.

The search committee was chaired by Sally Churchill, vice president and secretary of the university. During the search Associate General Counsel Debra Kowich served as interim vice president and general counsel.