John Devlin

John graduated from Haverford College, magna cum laude, in 1993, and 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. 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 and began working as a Deputy District Attorney in Multnomah County in 2005.  While in the D.A.’s office John tried approximately 50 cases, as well as presenting cases to the grand jury.

John joined Rosenthal & Greene, P.C. as an associate in October 2006.  He became a partner in Rosenthal Greene & Devlin, P.C. in 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 recent years —


    • John handles numerous cases for the families of people who have died as a result of inadequate medical care in Oregon jails. In those cases, John sues local governments and private medical providers including Corizon Health and Conmed Healthcare Management (now known as Wellpath). Click here and here to read judicial opinions from two of those cases.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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. 
    • 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 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 can be reached at john@johndevlinlaw.com.