rwgCarol W. Lynch
Carol W. LynchShareholderLos Angeles







Carol W. Lynch is senior counsel in the Public Law Department at Richards, Watson & Gershon with more than 30 years of experience representing local public agencies. Since joining the Firm, she has specialized in municipal law, particularly land use issues; planning law, environmental issues and rent control.

Ms. Lynch served as City Attorney for the City of Rancho Palos Verdes for twenty-five years from August 1990 through August 2015. She previously served as City Attorney for the Cities of La Habra Heights and La Puente.

With the implementation of the Rancho Palos Verdes View Restoration Ordinance, she has become quite familiar with the legal issues arising from disputes between people who have trees and people who have views. In connection with her representation of Rancho Palos Verdes, Ms. Lynch also has become extremely familiar with issues arising from landslide movement, including inverse condemnation.

Ms. Lynch also advised the City of Rancho Palos Verdes regarding permits issued by the City for telecommunications facilities, including cellular antennas. Ms. Lynch participated in the successful defense of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes against a lawsuit that alleged damages against the City under the Civil Rights Act and a corresponding claim for attorney's fees. The United States Supreme Court resolved those issues in favor of the City in City of Rancho Palos Verdes v. Abrams, 125 S.Ct. 1453 (2005).
Ms. Lynch assisted the City of Rancho Palos Verdes in acquiring approximately 1,200 acres to be preserved as open space.

Ms. Lynch received her law degree from Loyola University School of Law, Los Angeles in 1981 and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1973. She is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.


B.A., cum laude, University of California, Los Angeles, 1973
J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 1981

Practice Areas

Environmental Compliance
Land Use
Planning, Zoning and Subdivision Map Act
Public Agency and Municipal Law
Rent Control