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William P. Lynch, 30


william-lynchPractice area: Criminal law
Law school: University of Missouri

William Lynch says that anytime he talks with a victim of crime, it is a humbling moment.
“Having the opportunity to stand up for those that cannot speak for themselves,” he says, “to fight for the safety of my community, and ensure that justice is served on a day-to-day basis is my favorite part of being an attorney.”
Lynch has been a part of the Jasper County Prosecutor’s Office since 2014. He also serves as president of the eight-chapter Missouri District of Kappa Sigma where he advises undergraduates at campuses from Rolla to Edwardsville, Illinois. A former intern for both the Jefferson City Municipal Prosecutor and Missouri State Sen. Jack Goodman, he is a member of various organizations from the Joplin Elks’ Lodge to the Carthage Rotary Club. This year, he has also been elected president of the Jasper County Bar Association.

If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what profession would you have chosen?
Before college, I had every intention of becoming a high school civics teacher and a football and baseball coach. Being able to shape young minds and awaken a love for learning is still something that interests me. I always looked up to my coaches as mentors and recognized the extraordinary position they were in to lead by example and teach the players things like integrity and commitment that weren’t a part of the classroom curriculum.

What is something that would surprise people about you?
I love birdwatching. I started when I was young watching birds with my grandfather in his backyard and now anytime I’m enjoying the outdoors, I keep an eye in the sky.