Matthew R. Devine is civil litigator. He is a member of the trial bar for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and practices in state and federal courts throughout the country. He focuses his practice on defending putative class actions and other heavily-litigated aspects of business law, such as partnership disputes, fiduciary duties, restrictive covenants and high-stakes “mass raid” cases. Mr. Devine also counsels individuals and corporations faced with government investigations.
Mr. Devine’s recent highlights include winning dismissal with prejudice of two separate putative nationwide consumer class actions. Mr. Devine also represented then-firm Chairman Anton R. Valukas in his capacity as court-appointed examiner for the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy. He served as a special assistant attorney general, successfully defending top government officials against allegations of political patronage. Mr. Devine was counsel for American Airlines in defending and prosecuting $1 billion in claims arising out of the November 2001 aviation disaster known as In Re Belle Harbor Aviation Disaster - AA Flight #587. That litigation concluded with successful settlements. He has advised corporate general counsel for Fortune 500 companies on developing state-of-the-art compliance programs and best practices for responding to government inquiries and investigations. He frequently lectures on these subjects.
Mr. Devine also has an active pro bono practice representing indigent criminal defendants in state and federal court. Illinois Super Lawyers has repeatedly named Mr. Devine as a “Rising Star” in civil litigation defense. Mr. Devine received the Constitutional Rights Foundation’s “Bill of Rights Award” with other Jenner & Block attorneys for their work in national security litigation arising out of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. 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. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and Chicago Inn of Court. Mr. Devine is a member of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law Alumni Board of Governors, serves as chairman of the Loyola Academy Bar Association and president of the Evanston Youth Hockey Association. Before law school, Mr. Devine was a newspaper journalist for three major metropolitan daily newspapers, and then served as press secretary and communications director for a United States Congressman.