Michael Lynch Reflects on the Impact of Judge Paul Feinman

The New York Law Journal

Michael L. Lynch, Associate in the Litigation & Business Disputes practice, in the firm’s New York office, was quoted in The New York Law Journal, in “Trailblazing Judge Paul Feinman Dead After Recent Retirement from Court of Appeals,” by Ryan Tarinelli. (Read the full version – subscription required.)

Following is an excerpt:

Former New York Court of Appeals Judge Paul Feinman, the first openly gay member of the state’s highest court, has died. He was 61.

The news comes just over a week after he abruptly retired from the state’s highest court “to attend to health concerns.”

Feinman, who joined the Court of Appeals in 2017, was hailed as a champion of LGBTQ rights and as a trailblazer for LGBTQ lawyers and judges. …

Praise for Feinman and condolences poured in on Wednesday from state leaders and members of New York’s legal community. …

Michael Lynch, who worked as a law clerk for Feinman at an intermediate appeals court and at the Court of Appeals, wrote on social media that the judge provided him a start as a new lawyer.

“He was a mentor in every sense of the word, and I’ll always remember him for the unconditional kindness he showed to every person he interacted with,” Lynch said in the post. “That was maybe the greatest lesson of them all. He will be deeply missed.”