Jenner & Block

Matthew R. Devine is a civil litigator and trial lawyer who first-chairs matters in state and federal courts throughout the country. His practice focuses on heavily litigated aspects of business law, such as class action defense, contracts, partnership disputes, fiduciary duties, restrictive covenants, trade secrets and high-stakes “mass raid” cases.  Mr. Devine frequently counsels individuals and corporations faced with government subpoenas and investigations.  He handles highly sensitive matters for corporate clients that involve reputational risk.

In his class action practice, Mr. Devine has posted a string of victories, winning dismissal with prejudice of numerous putative class action lawsuits filed against different clients on separate legal issues in state and federal courts across the country, including seven separate lawsuits filed against an internet marketing company, three different lawsuits filed against a global publishing company, and two filed against a national equipment rental company.  Mr. Devine has served as lead counsel for Fortune 500 companies and other businesses in trade secret and “mass raid” lawsuits, class actions and shareholder derivative actions involving fiduciary duties and board conduct, and in leading the defense for clients faced with government investigative subpoenas.  He has extensive experience with alternative dispute resolution.  Mr. Devine routinely advises corporate general counsel on developing compliance programs and best practices for responding to government inquiries and investigations. 

Mr. Devine has an active pro bono practice representing indigent criminal defendants in state and federal court.  Illinois Super Lawyers has repeatedly named Mr. Devine a “Super Lawyer.”  He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Inn of Court.  Mr. Devine is a member of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law Alumni Board of Governors, serves as chair of the Loyola Academy Bar Association and is a past president of the Evanston Youth Hockey Association.  He received the Constitutional Rights Foundation’s “Bill of Rights Award” with other Jenner & Block lawyers for their work in national security litigation arising out of the September 11th terrorist attacks.  Prior to law school, Mr. Devine was a newspaper journalist for three major metropolitan daily newspapers  and served as press secretary and communications director for a United States Congressman on Capitol Hill.  In law school, he served on the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, received Loyola's “Leadership and Service Award,” was elected to the national honor society for Jesuit universities, and earned two CALI awards for highest class grade.  Mr. Devine received a BA in English from the University of Iowa, where he was a political journalist for The Daily Iowan and served as a news reporter for the Des Moines Register.