REPRESENTING CLIENTS — I work on cases where an institution needs to be held accountable for causing harm. Many of my cases are against governments and private corporations performing government functions. Over the last decade, I have handled cases for people who have been harmed or died as a result of poor medical care in jails, for people wrongfully arrested by police officers, and for children in the foster care system who experienced abuse. In the legal system, these types of cases are called civil rights cases, but I prefer to think of them as human rights cases.
MEDIATING CASES — Over the last two decades, my career has involved a broad range of legal work — commercial litigator, local prosecutor, trial lawyer, and federal judicial clerk. Those experiences allow me to understand any issues that arise in civil litigation. While the civil jury trial is an essential way to resolve disputes and express the conscience of the community, cases should go to trial only after the parties have engaged in a good-faith effort to resolve their dispute. I help attorneys and parties in that effort by serving as a mediator in all types of civil cases.
SERVING THE COMMUNITY — When I am not working, I proudly serve on the board of Portland Homeless Family Solutions, a nonprofit organization that helps families experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.
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Devlin Law, P.C., 434 NW 19th Street, Portland, OR 97209