Lynn Fontana,
Attorney at Law


 
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Lynn was born and raised in New Orleans, where most of her family still resides. She received her B.A. in political science, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 1984. Upon graduation, she received the A.C. Reynolds Founder Award for outstanding citizenship. Lynn attended the University of North Carolina School of Law, graduating in 1987 in the top 15% of her class. She was one of eight members of her class inducted into the James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Society, based on academics, character, integrity, leadership, and service to the university community.
 
While in law school, Lynn clerked with Ferguson, Stein in Chapel Hill. She began her legal career practicing as an employment lawyer with Crisp, Davis in Raleigh. In 1991, Lynn started her own law practice in Durham, where she remains today.
  • North Carolina State Bar, 1987
  • U.S. District Courts, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1988
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1991


Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
      Labor & Employment Law Section
      Council, 1991-1995, 1998-2000
      Chair 2000-2001
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
      Education Committee, 1989-1991
      Nominating Committee, 1991-1992
      Chair, Judicial Endorsement Committee,
        1992-1996
  • Durham County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
    Employment Law Section
  • American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina
      Board of Directors, 1998-2007
      Chair, Legal Committee, 2001-2007
Lynn is an avid fan of Carolina basketball and LSU football. She has continued, inexplicably, to be a loyal supporter of the New Orleans Saints ever since, at age 8, she watched John Gilliam return the opening kickoff for a touchdown in the Saints' inaugural game on September 17, 1967.

Lynn's dog, Billy Fontana
(a beagle-chihuahua mix),
can usually be found in her office.