R. Jane Lynch

R. Jane Lynch

Los Angeles, California

Ms. Lynch, voted one of Southern California "Super Lawyers" in 2011 in a poll conducted by Los Angeles Magazine, formed Goodkin & Lynch, LLP after several years of practice in the risk management group of a major Southern California real estate law firm. Her extensive experience and expertise in all aspects of real estate litigation, business litigation, insurance coverage and risk management for developers, homebuilders, lenders and investors includes first-hand experience in litigating claims that could have been minimized or avoided through better risk management at the inception of the project. As a result, Ms. Lynch brings a unique perspective to managing all risk exposure for her clients.

Ms. Lynch has litigated real estate cases involving individual homeowner and homeowner association construction disputes, purchase and sale agreements, and insurance coverage disputes. Her expertise includes the negotiation and settlement of difficult claims involving high-risk exposures such as mold and soils subsidence. She also represents insurers in toxic tort litigation, including food poisoning and CERCLA/RCRA cases.

With an impressive track record of negotiating and implementing project-specific as well as corporate “rolling” wrap-up insurance policies (ROCIPs) for residential construction projects, Ms. Lynch has advised and consulted with clients and their insurance brokers to obtain the broadest insurance coverage available specifically tailored to the project at hand. To be successful, the process requires a comprehensive risk management strategy that includes project document review and modification, to avoid liability exposure to lenders and joint venturers and to minimize the insurer’s ability to rely on exclusions and conditions to deny coverage for claims.

Ms. Lynch’s approach includes consulting with and monitoring compliance with third-party quality care consultants and risk management vendors, often required by insurers as a condition to obtaining insurance coverage under the policy for a future claim. Careful and efficient compliance monitoring can avoid the loss of precious coverage for a costly claim.

Representing a large number of residential developers in California, Nevada and Arizona, Ms. Lynch’s recent experience includes assisting with compliance with California’s Right to Repair Act (SB 800), Energy Efficiency: Equity, Jobs and Green Buildings Act (AB 758) and accessibility for disabled persons requirements of Civil Rights Act of 2005 (AB 1400), as well as Nevada’s Revised Statutes Chapter 40 governing homeowners’ pre-litigation requirements.

Co-author of a number of professional publications, Ms. Lynch has been a featured speaker on risk management, insurance coverage, and mold and related construction issues at local, regional and national conference of a number of industry and professional organizations, as detailed under R. JANE LYNCH SEMINARS AND PUBLICATIONS.

Ms. Lynch received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. While earning her juris doctorate at the University of Southern California (1993), she was awarded American Jurisprudence Awards in Torts and Legal Writing and served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Arleigh Woods, Presiding Justice, Division Four, California Court of Appeal.

Areas of Practice

  • General Business Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1992


  • University of Southern California Law School, Los Angeles, California - 1993
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    • Undergraduate degree


  • Marcus & Millichap Multifamily Forum: Southern California June 2015 , Moderator
  • Emerging Issues: High Risk Insurance Coverage Litigation (The Knowledge Group) October 2015, Speaker
  • CGL Insurance Coverage: New Case Law and Developments You Need to Know