Robert J. Lynn is the 36th Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. He was nominated by Governor Christopher Sununu, confirmed by the Executive Council on a unanimous vote and sworn in on April 9, 2018.
Prior to becoming Chief Justice, Lynn served as an Associate Justice on the state's high court for seven years following his nomination by Governor John Lynch in 2010. He was appointed to the trial court bench in 1992 by Governor Judd Gregg and was later named Chief Justice of the Superior Court in 2004 by Governor Craig Benson.
During his judicial career, Chief Justice Lynn has served on numerous committees, including the Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Rules, the Committee on the Judiciary and the Media, the Minimum Continuing Legal Education Committee, and the New Hampshire Bar Association's Committee on Cooperation with the Courts. He also is a member of the Federalist Society.
Before becoming a member of the judiciary, Chief Justice Lynn worked as a federal prosecutor and Assistant U.S. Attorney in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. In Boston, he served as Chief of the New England Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, then as First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Hampshire. He also was in private law practice in Concord, New Hampshire.
Chief Justice Lynn is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of New Haven in Connecticut from which he received a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice in 1971. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut School of Law where he earned his J.D. in 1975 and also served as executive editor of the law review. He went on to clerk for Judge J. William Ditter, Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Before attending law school, he worked as a Special Agent for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
He is married to Dina Chaitowitz and has four children and seven grandchildren.
Swearing in Ceremony as Chief Justice held on April 9, 2018
- Remarks by Chief Justice Robert J. Lynn
- Remarks by Ret. Associate Justice Carol Ann Conboy
- April 9, 2018: Watch the swearing-in of Chief Justice Robert J. Lynn