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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.

I also mediate all types of civil cases.  I am a member of the Oregon Mediation Association and have received training in Mediating Disputes from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.  While I believe that the civil jury trial is an essential way to resolve disputes and express the conscience of the community, I know that cases should go to trial only after the parties have engaged in a good-faith effort to resolve their dispute.

I believe strongly in the power of mindfulness to help lawyers deal with the challenges of their profession.  I write and speak about this topic as often as I can, because I want to make the benefits of mindfulness available to as many lawyers as possible.

When I am not working, I serve on the board of Portland Homeless Family Solutions, a nonprofit organization that helps families experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.  I also enjoy shooting pool competitively and watching New York Yankees baseball.

I can be reached by phone at (503) 228-3015 or by email at john@johndevlinlaw.com.  My office address is Devlin Law, P.C., 1212 SE Spokane Street, Portland, OR 97202.

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