MSU College of Law

John M. Lynch

Adjunct Professor
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 368
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

Adjunct Professor John M. Lynch is an Antitrust Division trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. He also is a U.S. Navy Reserve judge advocate with the rank of Commander. With the Antitrust Division, Lynch has investigated mergers and acquisitions in both the Litigation II Section and the Telecommunications and Media Enforcement Section, where he earned an Attorney General's Commendation for his work with the Federal Communications Commission on spectrum reallocation for emergency first responders. He has complex litigation experience prior to joining the Antitrust Division in 1995, when he served on active duty and later as a Navy General Counsel's Office trial attorney with the joint U.S. Department of Justice/Navy Office of General Counsel A-12 Litigation Team. Mr. Lynch led the Prima Facie Case Issue Group on this trial team, which litigated the $3.5 billion A-12 aircraft contract termination trial in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Prior to this, Professor Lynch served several tours on active duty, including positions as adjunct staff judge advocate to the President of the U.S. Naval War College; as staff judge advocate to both the Commander of Submarine Squadron SIX and to the Commanding Officer, USS L. Y. SPEAR (AS-36); and as both a trial attorney (military prosecutor) and a defense counsel in more than 200 trials. Lynch's practice as a staff judge advocate includes advising senior leadership on issues including military justice and international, contracts, environmental, fiscal, and personnel law. He was recalled to active duty from 2008 through 2010 and forward deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, followed by two tours in Iraq, where he served as staff judge advocate to the Commanding Officer of Al Asad Air Base and on the headquarters staff of U.S. Forces-Iraq. Lynch presently is assigned to a reserve unit on The Joint Staff supporting the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Professor Lynch's teaching experience includes instructing senior defense ministry staff as a country team member with the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies. He has taught Ethics, Law of Armed Conflict, and other Rule of Law Program courses overseas to country teams sent to the Republic of Georgia and Papua New Guinea. He also has taught Civil Trial Advocacy at the Justice Department's National Advocacy Center. Professor Lynch has been an adjunct professor for Michigan State University College of Law's Federal Externship Program in Washington, D.C., since 2006.

Graduate Diploma 1990, U.S. Naval War College; J.D. 1986, Michigan State University College of Law; B.A. 1982, Michigan State University

  • Antitrust Law
    (Formerly DCL 310)This course will explore the role of antitrust law and analysis of restraints of trade and competition in various markets. Beginning with an analysis of the goals of antitrust law, and their operation in society, the requirements of antitrust claims will be explored through historical and current examples. Highlights will include problems in market power, monopoly, price fixing, tying, bundling, and special problems with patents. The course will include discussion of recent issues in antitrust law.

U.S. Court of Federal Claims; Michigan; New York; Virginia; Washington, D.C.