Mr. Devens received his BA degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated magna cum laude ("High Distinction") and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He received his Juris Doctorate from U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall. Mr. Devens is considered one of Hawaii's premier personal injury attorneys representing accident victims over the last 25 years. He has litigated cases in all of
the Hawaii State courts, including the Hawaii Supreme Court, Intermediate Court
of Appeals, Circuit Court, District Court, Family Court, the federal courts
(District of Hawaii, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals), and before
various administrative agencies, including the Zoning Board of Appeals,
Building Board of Appeals, Disability Compensation Division, Labor and
Industrial Relations Appeals Board, Hawaii Labor Relations Board and Board of
Land and Natural Resources. In what is considered one of the highest
settlements in the country, Mr. Devens was the lead trial attorney in a class
action consisting of over 2,000 police officers and firefighters based on a
violation of the Fair Labor and Standards Act (“FLSA”) that was filed against
the City and County of Honolulu, County of Kauai, County of Maui and County of
Hawaii, and which settled for over $30 million dollars.
In a landmark decision authored by the
Hawaii Supreme Court, Mr. Devens also successfully obtained a verdict in
excess of $1 million dollars against the State’s Child Protective Services for
failing to protect an abused child on Maui.
Mr. Devens has also successfully litigated a variety
of other cases, including motor vehicle collisions, slip and falls, medical
malpractice and many complex cases.