Cozen O’Connor member Peter A. Lynch has been awarded the 2007 Thomas “Campy” Campuzano Member of the Year Award by the California Conference of Arson Investigators (CCAI). This award honors his dedication to CCAI and to providing knowledge and education to the conference’s membership. As Lynch was serving in Iraq when the award was announced, the CCAI held it until he returned home.
Resident in the San Diego office, Lynch concentrates his practice in representing individuals, companies and insurers impacted by catastrophes to include subrogation and recovery, environmental matters, contracts and other civil matters. He is a weekly Internet columnist for interFIRE, a legal advisor to the San Diego County Fire Investigators Association, and a legal columnist for California Fire & Arson Investigator, published by the California Conference of Arson Investigators. He has also published over 65 articles on fire investigation and litigation and is a frequent lecturer on these topics.
Lynch was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, as the Deputy Rule of Law Officer, II Marine Expeditionary Force Forward, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lieutenant General Helland, Commander of the Marine Corps Forces Central Command, Marine Expeditionary Force, presented the medal upon completion of his 14-month presidential recall to active duty from the retired list.
Lynch was awarded a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award (CLAY) in the Pro Bono category in recognition of his representation of a woman whose son was killed while serving as a fire fighter. The Brett Alan Laws Act was enacted and signed by the governor to protect emergency response personnel based on Lynch’s work. The award is given to those attorneys “who have left a lasting impact on the way those who follow them will practice.”
Lynch is a graduate of Illinois State University (B.S., 1981) and Southern Illinois University (J.D., 1984), where he was named Outstanding Senior, Environmental Law. He is admitted to practice in California.