Bronx Assistant District Attorney Derek Lynton is a recipient of the Thomas E. Dewey Medal from the New York City Bar Association. Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark made the announcement this week

Lynton began his career in the Bronx district attorney’s office in 1997, and he has successfully tried more than 30 cases to verdict. He has extensive experience in criminal investigation, and in management and supervision of legal staff in prosecutions of homicides, shootings, armed robberies and other violent crimes. Lynton graduated from The City University of New York School of Law.

“Derek has been with the office for nearly 20 years and has been an exemplary prosecutor and supervisor, rising to his current position as Bureau Chief of Trial Bureau 30,” Clark said. “Derek’s passion for getting guns off the street, his dedication to justice and his commitment to the citizens of the Bronx have earned him this prestigious award.”

The Dewey Medal is given annually to an outstanding prosecutor in each of the city’s five district attorney’s offices and in the office of the city’s special narcotics prosecutor. It is named for Thomas E. Dewey, the gang-busting prosecutor who was elected district attorney of New York County in 1937 and brought integrity and professionalism to the office of district attorney. Dewey later became governor of New York.