On the recommendation of Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier, Paul R. Lynch of the Mt. Vernon office of Craig & Craig, LLC, has been appointed to the Supreme Court Committee on Illinois Evidence. The purpose of the Committee is to monitor, review and study Illinois cases and, to the extent relevant, cases from around the country, that impact evidence law generally and the Illinois Rules of Evidence specifically. The Committee will meet periodically each year to discuss relevant cases impacting evidence law, and produce an annual report to the Supreme Court at the end of each year on the status of evidence law in Illinois. The members of the Supreme Court Committee on Illinois Evidence are Judges and practicing attorneys located in each of the five Appellate Districts of the State.
Paul R. Lynch and Julie A. Webb, Partners in the Mt. Vernon Office of Craig & Craig, completed a five-day jury trial in the Circuit Court of Clinton County, in Carlyle, Illinois, on February 10, 2012, with a defense verdict in a case of claimed medical malpractice. Mr. Lynch and Ms. Webb represented Dr. Dean H. Matsuura and his former employer, Physician Services Corporation of Southern Illinois, d/b/a St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Medical Group.
From June, 2003, through November, 2005, Darren Flanagan was a patient of the Family Health Center of St. Mary’s Good Samaritan in Centralia, Illinois. Mr. Flanagan was diagnosed with Stage IV gastric cancer in late 2005, and died on December 25, 2006.
During Mr. Flanagan’s visits to the Family Health Center, he was seen and treated by Agnes Boehning, who is a nurse practitioner, and was then employed by St. Mary’s Good Samaritan, Inc. Dr. Matsuura was practicing internal medicine at the Family Health Center, and was Ms. Boehning’s "collaborating physician." Dr. Matsuura reviewed and approved Ms. Boehning’s office notes for Mr. Flanagan.
Plaintiff contended that the Defendants were negligent in failing to provide appropriate care and follow-up when Darren Flanagan reported to Agnes Boehning on August 2, 2004, that he had "black, tarry stools at times," resulting in delay of diagnosis.
The Defendants denied any negligence, and further claimed that Darren Flanagan was contributorily negligent, by failing to keep appointments at the Family Health Center and by failing to keep an appointment with a gastroenterologist, Dr. Stephen Ang of Centralia, on August 9, 2004.
At the conclusion of the trial, the jury deliberated for approximately one hour, and returned a verdict of "no liability" in favor of all of the Defendants.
Paul R. Lynch has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. The induction ceremony at which Mr. Lynch became a Fellow took place on Saturday, October 10, 2009, before an audience of approximately 974 persons, during the 59th Annual Meeting of the College in Boston. Mr. Lynch is a partner in the firm of Craig & Craig, where he has been employed since 1977, first at Mattoon, and, since 1986, in Mt. Vernon. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law. Mr. Lynch serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC), and is a member of the Jefferson County Bar Association.
Paul R. Lynch began working at Craig & Craig in Mattoon in September, 1977, a few months after graduating from the University of Illinois College of Law. He became a Partner in the firm in 1983. In 1986, Craig & Craig opened its office in Mt. Vernon, and Mr. Lynch became the resident Partner in the Mt. Vernon office.
Mr. Lynch's primary practice has been the defense of civil litigation in multiple categories of cases, including medical and legal malpractice, products liability, employment discrimination, professional liability claims against realtors and insurance agents, nursing home liability, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability and liquor liability. Mr. Lynch has tried over eighty jury cases in the State Courts of Illinois and in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. He has handled numerous appeals in the Appellate Court of Illinois, and has also argued appeals in the Illinois Supreme Court and in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Mr. Lynch also has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution, both as counsel for participants, and as a mediator. He has completed Basic Mediation Skills Training at the Law School of Southern Illinois University.
Mr. Lynch is rated in AV by Martindale Hubbell, and has been selected by his peers as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois. Mr. Lynch was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers at its annual meeting in Boston in October, 2009. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only, and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy, and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province.
Mr. Lynch has served on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC) since 2007. In 2014, he acted as co-chair of the highly successful IDC 50th Anniversary Gala celebration in Chicago.
Mr. Lynch recently completed work as co-author of the 2015 edition of Chapter 2 of the volume on Federal Civil Practice in Illinois, entitled, "Jurisdiction of Courts Other Than District Courts," published by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He has written and lectured for Lorman Education on the subject of Confidentiality of Medical Records in Illinois.
From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Lynch served as the President of the Southern Illinois American Inn of Court. The members of the Southern Illinois Inn of Court include lawyers and judges, in addition to professors and students from the Law School at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. The American Inns of Court is a legal mentoring organization that has adopted the traditional English model of legal apprenticeship, modified to fit the particular needs of the American legal system. Its goals include the promotion of professionalism and collegiality among attorneys and judges. The Southern Illinois American Inn of Court was founded in the early 1990’s, and Mr. Lynch was one of the original members.