A Quarter Life Without the Crisis: LPCH Turns 25

A Quarter Life Without the Crisis: LPCH Turns 25

Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst celebrated 25 years at the Nasher Sculpture Center on Friday, March 2, 2018. Unlike the woes of uncertainty many twenty-somethings feel when contemplating what the hell they are doing with the rest of their lives, firm founder Mike Lynn has never felt better about his litigation boutique’s future.

“I think our better days are ahead of us,” Lynn told The Texas Lawbook. “We have a natural advantage – the world dividing us into solicitors and barristers, people who try cases and people who don’t.”

Lynn started the firm now known as Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst in 1993, when he was already seemingly at the peak of his career. He had been a partner in the litigation section of the Dallas-based powerhouse, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, for 10 years. He called Jack Hauer his personal mentor and dear friend. The firm was thriving, but Lynn could feel its focus straying away from the courtroom and toward expansion across the globe.

“I sent my wife (U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn) ultimately an estoppel letter that said, ‘Dear Barb, I’m going to be leaving in 10 days unless you object.’ She supported me wholeheartedly,” Lynn said.

Because hanging out one’s own shingle was (and still is) such a risk, Lynn said he never had a vision of the firm lasting 25 years. And because he wasn’t focused on how many lawyers he wanted the firm to grow to, he was free to focus on what he thinks truly matters: trying good cases.

A quarter of a century later, Lynn Pinker has 35 lawyers who represent some of the most elite clients in bet-the-company trials. There are always three or four different teams going to trial at the same time with lawyers still leftover to maintain firm business. The firm is listed as one of the top litigation boutiques in Texas. Plus, Lynn even calls a Saudi prince a client.

“In a real sense, I think we actually help make the commercial world work, or at least a lot better than it would otherwise,” he said. The “rights and obligations that people enter into are not self-enforcing. There has to be a mechanism where those complex deals are enforced.

“The only way to do that is to take them to a jury and explain them. At the end of the day, that’s what we do.”

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