Deborah Lynch has been a practicing attorney in Northwestern Michigan for over thirty (30) years. Her practice is heavily involved with domestic relation matters including custody, child support, spousal support, parenting time and the myriad of issue related matters within a divorce with and without children. Many clients are self-employed (or divorcing a self-employed spouse) with dissolution issues analogous to dissolving partnerships. Asset discovery and valuations are critical and time consuming. She has extensive experience in streamlining this very expensive process. She has enjoyed successful appearances at Referee Circuit Court, Family Court and Michigan Court of Appeals Decisions. She has been a successful mediator of family law issues for over 20 years.
Ms. Lynch has also served as In-house chief counsel for large "minor" Antrim Shale and Niagaran Oil and Gas Exploration Company for years. Highlighting her experience in the oil and gas industry is her lead attorney role in drafting a $12,500,000.00 Joint Venture with Shell Western Exploration and Production Inc. She has also authored Antrim Shale Oil & Gas Lease and Operating Agreement used within industry during the Antrim Play. She also co-counseled on the $75,000,000.00 Drilling Contract with NICOR Drilling in Tulsa, OK and merger negotiations between PetroStar Energy Co. and Howard Energy Company.
John Lynch, Deborah Lynch's son, is a graduate of Chicago-Kent School of Law and Michigan State University, and a native of Traverse City. He is a licensed to practice law in the states of Michigan and Illinois. His practice areas focus on business entity formation, contractual agreements, real estate, intellectual property rights, landlord/tenant matters, and mineral rights. Most clients are individuals looking to create or restructure their emerging small to mid-size business. He has had experience in developing creative solutions in business negotiations and contractual disputes. Currently he represents multiple apartment complexes and mobile home parks for all of their landlord/tenant matters; multiple limited liability companies, and several advertising companies growing their intellectual and software business.
Mr. Lynch is currently a member of the Grand Traverse Area Bar Association, the Michigan State Bar Association, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians Tribal Court, and the Illinois State Bar Association. He previously worked with the Cook County State's Attorney Office in the Criminal Felony Trial Division and for J.P. Morgan Chase Retail Investment Services. Mr. Lynch is also on Board of Directors for the Mt. Holiday Ski and Recreational Area, a 501(3)(C) non-profit organization, and consults for EverywhereUGO.com and other locally owned companies.