Matthew R. Devine

Partner, Chicago



Matthew Devine is a first-chair civil litigator and trial lawyer who represents clients in matters in state and federal courts throughout the country. His practice focuses on heavily litigated aspects of business law, particularly class action defense, trade secrets and high-stakes "mass raid" cases, as well as representing corporate clients in responding to inquiries and subpoenas from government regulators. He frequently handles highly sensitive matters involving reputational risk and media attention.

In his class action practice, Matthew has posted a string of victories, winning dismissal with prejudice of several closely watched putative class action lawsuits in the media spotlight. Matthew has also served as lead counsel for Fortune 500 companies and other clients in a variety of high-profile business litigation matters, including serving as counsel to the court-appointed examiner in a major corporate bankruptcy arising from the 2008 financial crisis, representing a major global airline in litigation arising out of an airline disaster and recently defeating class action matters against a Big Ten university and a global financial services company.

Mr. Devine has an active pro bono practice representing indigent criminal defendants in state and federal court. Illinois Super Lawyers has repeatedly named Matthew a "Super Lawyer." He received the Constitutional Rights Foundation's "Bill of Rights Award" for his work in national security litigation arising out of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Bars and Courts
Illinois State Bar
US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
US District Court for the Central District of Illinois
US District Court for the Western District of Michigan
US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Loyola University, Chicago

School of Law

University of Iowa


Speaking Engagements

Moderator, "Leadership Lessons with the Most Powerful Women in Chicago Business," December 13, 2018

"Insights from the C-Suite: A Roundtable Discussion on the Evolution of the Workplace," April 21, 2015


Class and Group Actions 2022, International Comparative Legal Guide, 14th Ed., November 2021

Class and Group Actions 2021: Developments and Trends in Collective Actions, International Comparative Legal Guide, 13th Ed., November 2020

Class Actions, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education 2020

Illinois Civil Litigation Guide

Awards and Recognition

Illinois Super Lawyer, Civil Litigation: Defense - 2018, 2019, 2020

Illinois Super Lawyers
"Rising Star," Civil Litigation: Defense - 2010, 2011, 2013

Mentorship Award - 2013

US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
"Excellence in Pro Bono Service" - 2016

Leading Lawyers Network
Commercial Litigation, 2015-2019