|Name||Patrick C. Lynch|
East Providence, Rhode Island , United States
|| February 04, 1965
Feb 15, 2010 11:27pm
|Info||And it all comes down to working hard on that case, seeing it through to the end, and having a commitment to justice."-Patrick C. Lynch, speaking to his six years of experience as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Rhode Island. |
Tenacity. Guts. Focus. Idealism. Faith. These are some of the traits and values that Patrick C. Lynch embodies and will bring to bear in his campaign to become Rhode Island's next Attorney General.
Lynch, 37, is an attorney with one of the state's most respected law firms. He's a devoted husband and father. He's a former prosecutor in the Attorney General's office, where he was a member of the Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit and led the state's prosecution of gang-related offenses. He won three major trials in Rhode Island Superior Court in 1999, obtaining five murder convictions. He seeks to succeed Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse, who is running for Governor.
Although this is Lynch's first bid at elective office, his commitment to public service was instilled in him at a young age. His father, Dennis M. Lynch, was elected Mayor of Pawtucket five times, serving from 1973 to 1981. Honesty, integrity, and progressive leadership characterized the Lynch mayoralties. One of Patrick's brothers, William J. Lynch, served as a Pawtucket City Councilor for two terms in the 1980s and ran for Mayor in 1991. Bill Lynch is now the chairman of the Rhode Island Democratic Party.
The youngest of Dennis and Irene Lynch's seven children, Patrick Lynch has solid prosecutorial and other legal experience that will serve him well as Rhode Island's top law enforcement official. He's a lawyer for Tillinghast Licht Perkins Smith and Cohen, LLP, practicing in the Providence firm's government relations and litigation groups. He has represented clients in both civil and criminal litigation matters.
In the area of government relations, Lynch has represented many national and local corporations and trade associations before the Rhode Island legislature, the executive branch, and regulatory agencies. He recently helped a leading fiber optic company navigate the regulatory process through several state agencies. Additional clients include the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, the Rhode Island Health Care Association, the Rhode Island Marine Trade Association, and Construction Industries of Rhode Island.
Prior to joining the firm in 1999, Lynch was for six years a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Rhode Island, serving Attorney General Jeffrey Pine, a Republican, and Attorney General Whitehouse, a Democrat. It was in his role as Rhode Island's chief prosecutor for gang-related offenses in which, Lynch says, he truly "cut his teeth."
Prosecuting cases involving crimes such as murders, drive-by shootings, car-jackings, armed robberies, and many others related to society's twin scourges of drugs and guns, Lynch won more than two dozen guilty verdicts for the state. Most notably, in 1999, he obtained murder convictions in three high-profile cases?those of a Latin Kings crime gang member involved in a fatal shooting outside a Woonsocket restaurant in November 1997; the defendant who gunned down a 22-year-old after a concert in downtown Providence in June 1998; and three men who fatally stabbed another man near Club Internationale in Providence.
Lynch started at the AG's office in June 1994. From June 1993 until then, he clerked in Rhode Island Superior Court for Presiding Justice Joseph Rodgers Jr. He passed the Rhode Island bar in 1992 following his graduation from Suffolk University Law School in Boston.
Lynch deferred his clerkship for a year, enabling him to fulfill a dream by returning to Ireland to play professional basketball. In 1992-1993, he was the leading scorer for Dublin's Delta Notre Dame club. Also that year, he played on the Irish National basketball team, which played several games on a U.S. tour. From 1987 to 1989, he played for the professional Annadale/Queen's club in Belfast, Northern Ireland, leading the team in scoring both years. At the same time, he took graduate courses at Queens University School of Law, coached, and ran basketball clinics in strife-ridden neighborhoods for Sports Corps, an ambassadorial program that's modeled after the Peace Corps and was started by the Rhode Island-based Institute for International Sport.
Lynch's professional basketball success mirrored that which he'd earlier earned as a collegian at Brown University, from which he graduated with degrees in economics and political science in 1987. He was named an honorable mention selection to the All-Ivy League team his senior year, when also he was captain of his Brown team. That year, he finished second in the league in scoring, averaging 17 points a game, and poured in a career-high 42 points in a game against Dartmouth. In 1986, he helped lead Brown to its only Ivy League title ever in men's basketball, for which the team made the field of the NCAA Tournament. He played varsity all four years at Brown and finished his career with 954 points.
A longtime resident of Pawtucket, Lynch lives in the Rumford section of East Providence with his wife, Christin; daughter, Kelsy; and son, Graham. Christin is the daughter of Bill and Dot Peckham of Barrington. The Lynch family belongs to the St. Margaret parish community.
Lynch was born on February 4, 1965, in Providence. He and his six brothers and sisters (his oldest brother, Dennis M. Lynch Jr., died of cancer in 1989) grew up on Walcott Street in Pawtucket, where he attended St. Joseph's and St. Teresa's parish schools. He honed his basketball skills in backyard games against his siblings, at the Pawtucket YMCA and the South Side Boys Club in Providence, and on many other courts throughout Rhode Island.
Patrick followed a long line of Lynches by attending St. Raphael Academy. His father, Dennis M. Lynch, and uncle, Father Neil Lynch, went to "Saints" in the 1940s. The family tradition continued when all six of his siblings except one attended the Pawtucket school. Coached by his brother, Dennis, he was named first team All-State his junior and senior years at St. Raphael. He also played baseball all four years and, as a senior, pitched a no-hitter. A 1983 graduate, he was president of his junior class and volunteered at the soup kitchen at McAuley House in Providence.
Lynch's commitment to charitable causes remains strong. In addition to his family and professional obligations, he currently serves as secretary and a member of the board of directors of Advent House, a non-profit agency providing a structured living environment for persons in recovery from substance abuse and/or mental illness. He's also a board member of Camp Street Community Ministries, an agency serving one of Providence's disadvantaged neighborhoods, and the Brown Club of Rhode Island. He serves on the Brown Hall of Fame Committee and is a former president of the board of St. Raphael.