According to clients quoted in The Best Lawyers of America, Mr. DeVries is “a giant among his peers” and “uses his vast experience to recommend thoughtful defense strategies, has the respect of the plaintiff’s bar, and utilizes his many relationships to obtain successful outcomes on cases.” Further, “[Mr. DeVries’] quiet yet strong manner provides clients great comfort and his adversaries great concern. His ethics are unassailable and his competence is unquestionable. When I have a matter that requires great legal skill coupled with common sense and intellect, Don is my lawyer of first choice.” As described by Chambers USA, a leading guide to the legal industry, he is a “superb lawyer” who is “top of the heap in medical malpractice and products liability defense in Maryland.” Being recognized as a leader by his peers, Mr. DeVries was honored as a recipient of The Daily Record's Leadership in Law Award (2006). He has consecutively been honored by The Best Lawyers in America every year since 1995. Mr. DeVries also has been a top-two placement among the Top 10 attorneys in Maryland since 2007 as voted by his peers and announced by Maryland Super Lawyer magazine.
In 2005, Mr. DeVries was inducted into the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an honor society that is limited to 500 of the best trial lawyers in the United States. Mr. DeVries is also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, which comprises the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada and is widely considered to be the premier professional trial organization in America. Mr. DeVries has been an Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) since 1984. He represented Maryland as a member of the National Board of Directors of ABOTA from 1995 - 2010 and also served as President of the ABOTA Maryland Chapter from 1992 - 1995.
Mr. DeVries has been extremely active in the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), having served as a member of the nine-member Board of Directors that governs the 2300-member organization. He previously chaired its Medical Malpractice Committee, served as a faculty member in its National Trial Academy, and has been a speaker in several of its programs. Since 1988, Mr. DeVries has also been a member of the International Society of Barristers (ISB) and presently serves as the Membership Chair for the ISB's Maryland Chapter.
In addition to his activities as a lawyer, Mr. DeVries has been extremely active in community affairs. In 1993, as a result of his familiarity with Maryland’s Emergency Medical System (EMS) through his service on the Shock Trauma Board, he was appointed by Governor Schaefer as the first Chairman of the EMS Board governing Maryland’s entire emergency medical system, a position that he still holds, having been subsequently reappointed as Chairman by Governors Glendening, Ehrlich, and O’Malley. The Board plays a pivotal role in ensuring EMS services to the citizens of Maryland. The EMS consists of nine trauma centers, specialty referral centers for burns and hand trauma, 49 emergency rooms, 11 Maryland State Police helicopters, 500 ambulances, and over 30,000 pre-hospital providers.