James M. Lynch

Jim Lynch is a partner in Winston & Strawn’s Chicago office and co-chair of the firm’s tax practice. Mr. Lynch concentrates his practice in the corporate and tax areas. He is a Certified Public Accountant, and a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.

His representative clients include Allied Waste Corporation, Dynegy, Exelon Corporation, Sara Lee Corporation, Kellogg Company, SPX Corporation, and Waste Management.

Mr. Lynch received a B.S. in Business Administration from Xavier University in 1973, a J.D. from the John Marshall Law School in 1976, and an LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in 1980.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Lynch was honored for tax law in the peer rankings-based 2007, 2012, 2014, and 2015 editions of The Best Lawyers in America, where he has appeared annually for more than 10 years. He is also listed in the 2008, 2010, and 2012  2014 Chambers USA directory.


Mr. Lynch is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and was an adjunct professor at DePaul University College of Law from 1983 – 1990. Mr. Lynch served on the board of directors of Music of the Baroque, and is a member of the planning committee for the University of Chicago Tax Conference. He also is a member of the American College of Tax Counsel. In addition, he is a member of Winston & Strawn’s Executive Committee.

Speeches and Publications

Mr. Lynch has published numerous articles on corporate tax issues, including “Back to the Code: A Reexamination of the Continuity Doctrines and Other Current Issues in Reorganizations” (December 1995), “Taxing Major Corporate Distributions (Not Involving Changes in Control)” (December 1993), and “War of the [Tax] Worlds:  Privilege Versus Transparency” (March 2004), in Taxes Magazine. He is a frequent speaker for the Practising Law Institute and for many Tax Executives Institute seminars.


  • Illinois


  • John Marshall, JD, 1976
  • Georgetown University, LLM, 1980