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Richard A. Devine

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013

Dick leads MBT’s white-collar criminal defense, investigations, and commercial litigation practices. A trial lawyer for more than 45 years, Dick has extensive experience in both criminal and civil litigation, including white-collar and commercial litigation, securities, eminent domain and zoning. 

Dick is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has a wide range of court experience in the federal system. He has also argued major cases before the United States Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Illinois Supreme Court and the Illinois Appellate Court.  

After spending more than 25 years in private practice in Chicago, Dick was elected Cook County State’s Attorney in 1996 and held that post for 12 years before deciding to return to private practice. Dick had many notable accomplishments during his tenure as State’s Attorney. He established the office’s acclaimed Domestic Violence Unit, was instrumental in creating a more effective Juvenile Justice Bureau and Narcotics Unit, and made significant advances in the recruitment and retention of women and minority prosecutors. Dick was instrumental in reforming the system for prosecuting death penalty cases and published an article on the topic. 

Prior to being elected State’s Attorney, Dick was President of the Board of Commissioners of the Chicago Park District (1990-1993), served as First Assistant State’s Attorney to then-State’s Attorney Richard. M. Daley (1980-1983), and worked as an aide to Mayor Richard J. Daley (1969-1972).

Admitted to Practice:

Ohio (1968)
Illinois (1969)
United States Supreme Court (1983)
United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Work History:

Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson (1998 – Present)
Adjunct Professor – Loyola University School of Law (2008 – Present)
Mediator/Arbitrator – Resolute Systems LLC – Chicago, Illinois (2008 – Present)
Cook County State’s Attorney – Chicago, Illinois (1996 – 2008)
Partner – Shefsky Froehlich & Devine – Chicago, Illinois (1995 – 1996)
Partner – Phelan, Pope & John  - Chicago (1985 – 1995)
Foran Wiss & Schultz – Chicago, Illinois (1974 – 1980, 1983 – 1985)
Pope Ballard Shepard & Fowler – Chicago (1972 – 1974)
Squire Sanders & Dempsey – Cleveland, Ohio (1968 – 1969)


Loyola University of ChicagoBA 1966Northwestern University School of LawJ.D. 1968
American College of Trial LawyersCook County Greylord Commission

Case History

Represented American Stores in Multi-Million Dollar Class Action — Represented American Stores in a multi-million dollar class action based on the salmonella milk outbreak caused by tainted Jewel milk, which resulted in a not guilty verdict and punitive damages after a trial of several weeks.
Prosecuted Brown’s Chicken Murder Case — Lead prosecutor in the trial of Juan Luna, and of two people charged with multiple murders at the Brown's Chicken in Palatine, Illinois.  
Represented Jewel in Wrongful Death Jury Trial — Jewel and American Stores were sued for the wrongful death of an individual who came down with salmonella from tainted Jewel milk.  A two-week jury trial resulted in a damage award far below what had been offered in settlement. 

Office Location

123 North Wacker Drive, Suite 1800
Chicago, IL 60606
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

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