U.S. Department of Energy deputy general counsel for litigation and enforcement Timothy Lynch has been named general counsel of the University of Michigan.
Lynch, who since April 2010 has led DOE's litigation efforts and served as the point person for the massive case involving radiation leaks from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, will start his new job on January 7.
He'll oversee a 20-plus lawyer legal department, serving as senior legal counsel to the Board of Regents and university administration and will manage relationships with outside counsel.
In an interview, he called the university "a great, public-oriented client with a really strong science mission."
Lynch began his legal career in 1995 in Detroit, where he clerked for U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Judge Cornelia Kennedy.
He went on to work at Shea & Gardner (now part of Goodwin Procter); as an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, and as an assistant chief litigation counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
He also served as DOE's acting general counsel from December 2011 through April 2012.
"I look forward to the leadership, depth of experience, and vision that Mr. Lynch will bring to the University as vice president and general counsel," university president Mary Sue Coleman said in a recommendation to the regents. "The Board of Regents and I are deeply committed to maintaining a well-respected and superior office of general counsel for the university, and we are very confident that Mr. Lynch will excel in managing this area."