John Devlin

John Devlin

John graduated from the University of Chicago Law School with Honors in 1998.  While at the University of Chicago, he was a member of the University of Chicago Law Review and wrote a note for the University of Chicago Legal Forum entitled “Genetics and Justice: An Indigent Defendant’s Right to DNA Expert Assistance.” After law school, John served for one year as a law clerk for Judge Ed Carnes, a federal appeals court judge (11th Circuit) in Montgomery, Alabama, and then for one year as a law clerk for Judge Shira Scheindlin, a federal trial judge (S.D.N.Y.) in New York City.

After completing his clerkships, John worked for several years as an associate at Shea & Gardner (now Goodwin Procter), a commercial litigation firm in Washington, D.C.  John moved to Oregon in the summer of 2004 and began working as a Deputy District Attorney in Multnomah County in January 2005.  During his time as a Deputy D.A., John worked in the misdemeanor trial unit and felony property unit.  While in the D.A.’s office John tried approximately 50 cases, as well as presenting cases to the grand jury.  John also spent eight months as the “DUII Deputy” and was responsible for issuing misdemeanor traffic charges and overseeing the DUII diversion docket.

John joined Rosenthal & Greene, P.C. as an associate in October 2006.  He became a partner in Rosenthal Greene & Devlin, P.C. in September 2010.  He took over management of the firm in 2016.  Over the last decade, he has handled personal injury cases ranging from automobile crashes and premises liability to medical and legal malpractice.  He has a particular interest in handling civil rights cases.

Here are some of the cases that John has handled in the last few years —


  • In 2015, John and his partners handled a case for a man who died as a result of inadequate medical care at the Lane County Jail. After extensive briefing, a federal judge ruled that there was sufficient evidence to go forward to trial against Lane County, a private medical contractor named Corizon Health, Inc., and several individuals.  The parties resolved the case shortly before trial.  Click here to read the judge’s order.
  • Also in 2015, John won a jury verdict for a woman who suffered a nerve injury during a blood draw at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. After a four day trial, the jury concluded that the Providence employee was negligent and awarded $37,176.45 in medical expenses and lost wages (the full amount requested) and $500,000 in noneconomic damages (the amount requested was $750,000).
  • In 2014, John won a jury verdict for a man who had been arrested for a crime that he did not commit. After a four day trial, the jury concluded that a police officer had fabricated evidence.  John also recovered $295,000 in reasonable attorney fees and costs.  Here is a news article about the case. 
  • In 2013, John won a jury verdict for a woman who had been arrested for a crime that she did not commit. After a four day trial, the jury concluded that Clackamas County employees were negligent and falsely imprisoned the woman, and the jury awarded $101,500 (the full amount requested).  Here is a news article about the case. The Oregon Court of Appeals affirmed the jury’s verdict in 2015.  Click here for a copy of the Court of Appeals Opinion.
  • In 2011, John won a jury verdict for a child who had been abused by his foster parents. After a three week trial, the jury concluded that several state employees had violated the child’s constitutional rights, and the jury awarded $2,000,000 (the full amount requested).  John also recovered $300,000 in reasonable attorney fees and costs.  Here is a news article about the case. 
  • In 2006, Elden and John won a $5,754,052.05 jury verdict for a woman who had a misread mammogram that led to a diagnosis of terminal breast cancer.

In his free time, John enjoys shooting pool and watching New York Yankees baseball.  He is on the board of Portland Homeless Family Solutions, a nonprofit organization that helps families experiencing homelessness by providing temporary shelter, rent assistance, and support services.  He also runs an Art Literacy program at his daughter’s school. He can be reached at john@johndevlinlaw.com.