Lynn blends the traditional skills of a mediator with insight and connection honed from an appreciation of and commitment to the interpersonal aspects of the mediation process. With an extensive litigation background as both a trial attorney and an arbitrator/hearing examiner, Lynn brings sharp analytic and evaluative skills to the mediation process. In addition, Lynn’s ability to truly listen to the concerns and experiences of the parties enables her persistent, creative and successful approach to problem solving.
Since 1992, Lynn’s law practice has been devoted exclusively to dispute resolution in a variety of settings, working as a Mediator, Independent Hearing Examiner, and Arbitrator.
As a Mediator, Lynn provides mediation services in all civil disputes, with special expertise in labor and employment claims, including sexual harassment, sex and race discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination and unfair labor practices. In addition, she focuses on disputes involving education, family business, governmental and public policy issues, and internal organizational dynamics, including individual conflict coaching. Lynn has designed and implemented long-term dispute resolution processes in addition to traditional mediations, and served as a labor relations’ mediator for Alcoa, Inc. and the United Steelworkers in a two-year project designed to improve labor relations.
Lynn is comfortable with a variety of mediation styles and ultimately strives to create a balanced and productive process that is specifically designed to meet the particular needs of the parties involved. She is credentialed as a “Distinguished” Mediator by the Texas Mediators Credentialing Association as a result of presiding over thousands of hours of mediation.
As an Independent Hearing Examiner and Arbitrator, Lynn serves in the areas of Labor, Employment and Education privately and under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and Texas Education Agency. She also serves as a Civil Service Commissioner for the City of Austin, hearing employment related disputes for non-safety municipal civil service employees.
Lynn began her law practice in 1985 as a labor, employment and civil rights attorney with the Austin firm of Van Os, Deats, Rubinett, and Owen, P.C. She litigated complex cases in both administrative and judicial forums on behalf of public and private sector employees and labor unions. Lynn developed substantive expertise in statutory and constitutional employment laws, including sexual harassment, retaliation, sex and race discrimination, disability law, and wrongful discharge, as well as labor claims arising under the National Labor Relations Act and collective bargaining agreements. She also served from 1994-1999 as a Commissioner of the Texas Commission on Human Rights, the state agency responsible for implementation and enforcement of fair employment and housing laws for the State of Texas.
Lynn is an honors graduate of both Stanford University and Northeastern University School of Law. She is rated as “AV” (5 out of 5) by Martindale-Hubbell and has received mediation training from the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation, Lehigh University, Seton Cove Contemplative Leadership Program, and the Pepperdine University Straus Institute of Conflict Resolution.