Barbara M. G. Lynn took the oath of office as a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas on February 14, 2000.
A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Virginia, Judge Lynn graduated first in her class at Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1976. Upon her graduation from law school, she joined the Dallas law firm of Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP, and remained there until she took the bench. She was named a partner in the firm in 1983 and served on the firm’s executive committee from 1983 to 1999.
Judge Lynn served as the 1998-99 Chair of the American Bar Association’s 60,000 member Section of Litigation, and received SMU Law School’s Distinguished Alumni Award for private practice in 1999. She was the first recipient of the Louise Raggio award given by the Dallas Women Lawyers Association for her contributions to the profession. She was listed in the Best Lawyers in America in Business Litigation from 1994-99 and was designated by the National Law Journal in 1998 as one of the 50 most influential women attorneys in the country. In 2004, Judge Lynn was recognized as Judge of the Year by the Dallas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. In 2006, she was recognized by the Women and the Law Section of the State Bar of Texas as the Sarah T. Hughes Woman Lawyer of Achievement.
Judge Lynn is the Past Chair of the Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System of the Judicial Conference of the United States, Past Chair of the Federal Trial Judges Conference of the ABA Judicial Division and Past Chair of the ABA Judicial Division. She is Past President of the Dallas Chapter of the International Womens Forum. Judge Lynn has been the Chair of the Research Fellows of the Southwestern Legal Foundation, a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements, and President of the Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court. She is a member of the Executive Board and has been an Adjunct Professor at SMU’s Dedman School of Law, is a Fellow and former Committee Chair of the
American College of Trial Lawyers, and is a member of the American Law Institute.
In 2011, a new American Inn of Court chapter in Dallas, dedicated to intellectual property, was chartered and was designated by its founding members as The Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn American Inn of Court. Judge Lynn was the recipient of the 2012 Dallas Bar Foundation Fellows Award. She is a member of the Committee to Select the Recipient of the Morton Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award at Colby College.