Francis P. Devine, III, a senior trial lawyer and former chancellor of the 15,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association, is a partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP and former co-chair of the firm’s 280-lawyer strong Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. Mr. Devine has tried more than 60 cases to verdict during his career in state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, West Virginia and Texas. He has tried over 50 matters to verdict before arbitration tribunals.
Mr. Devine is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. The International Academy of Trial Lawyers limits membership to 500 Fellows from the United States. According to the IATL charter, the academy admits Fellows only if they possess, in an exceptional degree, the following qualifications: superior skill and recognized ability in trial and appellate practice; services rendered in promoting the best interests of the legal profession and the highest standards and techniques of advocacy; excellent character and absolute integrity. Mr. Devine is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He was selected for inclusion on the 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list and is listed as a local litigation star in Pennsylvania in Benchmark Litigation.
Mr. Devine focuses his practice on complex business and commercial disputes, products liability, insurance coverage, professional liability and malpractice, directors and officers liability, and intellectual property disputes. He is experienced in resolving disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation.
His clients include public and privately held companies, manufacturers, distributors, technology vendors and software designers. He also serves as national counsel for numerous national and international insurance companies.
Mr. Devine is a Judge Pro Tempore for the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas; a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; a member of the Civil Justice Advisory Group of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and a member of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania’s Administrative Governing Board, Committee on Gender and Racial Fairness. He serves as Pennsylvania state membership chair for the United States Supreme Court Historical Society.
He serves as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. and the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, and a mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Commerce Program of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.
Mr. Devine was chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 1996. He currently is chair of the association’s Long Range Planning Council. In the past, he has served as chair of the bar association’s Ad Hoc Committee on Race, Gender and Ethnic Bias; co chair of the association’s Committee to Promote Fairness in the Philadelphia Legal System; a member of the board of governors; chair of the Long Range Planning Committee; a member of the Commission on Judicial Selection, Retention and Evaluation; and chair of the Young Lawyers Section.
At the state level, Mr. Devine is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s House of Delegates and has served as tri-chair of its Council on Judicial Independence.
He also served as a member of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates from 1999 to 2001.
Mr. Devine is a leader in a number of professional and community organizations, including serving as Master of the Bench of the University of Pennsylvania Law School American Inn of Court. He was a co-founder and past chair of the board of directors of the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program; past president of The Lawyers’ Club of Philadelphia; past president of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation; and past president of the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel.
Mr. Devine has received numerous legal and professional awards, including the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Special Achievement Award; the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Pro Bono Award; the Pennsylvania Defense Institute’s “Lawyer of the Year” Award; the American Jewish Committee’s Judge Learned Hand Human Relations Award; the Villanova University School of Law Award for Public Service; Community Legal Services, Inc.’s Equal Justice Award; the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program’s Outstanding Leadership Award and its Founders Award; the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Fidelity Award; and the Chapel of the Four Chaplains’ Legion of Honor.
He is a regular speaker before industry, bar association and continuing education groups.
Before joining Pepper in January 2004, Mr. Devine was a partner in the Commercial Litigation Department of White and Williams LLP and chair of that firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group.
Mr. Devine received his B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970, and his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 1973. He is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bars, and is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.