Lynn is known for her whole-hearted commitment to the mediation process. She relies on a wide variety of skills and a broad range of experiences to facilitate a balanced and productive 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, along with an ability to truly listen to the underlying concerns of the parties. This combination enables her persistent, creative, and successful approach to problem solving.
Lynn began her law practice in 1995 as a labor, employment, and civil rights attorney with the Austin law firm of Van, Deats, Rubinett, and Owen, P.C. Lynn represented a wide variety of public and private sector labor unions and individual employees in all settings, including state and federal courts, administrative agencies, arbitration, and negotiation. As a litigator, Lynn developed substantive expertise in statutory and constitutional employment claims including sexual harassment, retaliation, discrimination, wage and hour, and wrongful discharge.
For the past twenty-five years, Lynn’s law practice has been devoted exclusively to dispute resolution, working as a mediator, independent hearing examiner, and arbitrator. Lynn has garnered the trust and respect of both sides of the bar because of her quick grasp of the issues, and her balanced, insightful and even-handed approach to conflict resolution.
As a Mediator, Lynn holds the credential of “Distinguished Mediator,” the highest credential awarded by the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association. Lynn has successfully mediated all types of civil disputes but is particularly skilled and experienced in the areas of labor and employment, harassment and discrimination, disputes involving governmental agencies and small businesses, educational disputes of all varieties, and internal organizational dynamics, including nonprofits, small business, or professional corporations. In addition to traditional mediation, Lynn also provides individual conflict coaching, as well as the design and implementation of longer-term dispute resolution processes for organizations and businesses.
As an Arbitrator and Hearing Examiner, Lynn serves upon selection of the parties in labor, employment, and commercial cases. She works privately and under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association, National Arbitration and Mediation Inc., and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. As an Arbitrator, Lynn has heard cases involving municipalities, counties, state and federal agencies, independent school districts, private corporations, individual employees, and public and private sector labor unions. Lynn has also served for 25 years as an independent hearing examiner on contract with the Texas Education Agency, deciding disputes between families and school districts concerning the provision of educational services to students with disabilities.
Lynn served as a Commissioner of the Texas Commission on Human Rights, the state agency responsible for implementation and enforcement of fair employment and housing law (1994-1999) and as a Commissioner on the City of Austin Municipal Civil Service Commission (2013-2015), the city commission designated to draft rules for the City’s first civil service commission, and to hear and decide employment related disputes for city personnel.
Lynn is an honors graduate of both Stanford University and Northeastern University School of Law. She has received extensive professional development training from the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation, Lehigh University, Pepperdine University Straus Institute of Conflict Resolution, the Austin Dispute Resolution Center, and the Seton Cove Contemplative Leadership Program. In addition, Lynn has presented workshops and trainings in advanced mediation skills to mediators, as well as other organizations.
Lynn has always been active in a variety of community organizations focused on the needs of families and children. She currently serves as the Board president of the Amala Foundation, an Austin-based organization that inspires people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with themselves and others, grow as individuals, and serve as conscious leaders in their communities.