Prior to practicing law, Jim served as a fishery scientist and policy advisor with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Office of Hydropower Licensing, in Washington, D.C., and the NMFS Northwest Region, Protected Resources Division, in Washington and Oregon. Prior to departing NMFS' Northwest Region, he served as the regions' first Regional ESA Section 7 consultation coordinator, overseeing many complex consultation activities. Before joining K&L Gates, Jim served as a law clerk for the U.S. Departments of Interior and Commerce in 1993 and 1994. Jim presently serves on the Science and Statistical Subcommittee of the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council, where he advises the Council on technical issues pertaining to fisheries management in the Western Pacific Ocean.
While at NMFS, Mr. Lynch received the agency's Bronze Medal for Superior Federal Service. He has been named one of Washington's "Rising Stars" by Washington Law & Politics magazine.