"A seasoned litigator." – Chambers USA 2019
Francis P. Devine, III, a very experienced 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 70 cases to verdict during his career in state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, West Virginia and Texas. In addition, he has tried over 50 matters to verdict before arbitration tribunals.
Mr. Devine is a Fellow of both 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 annually has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He routinely has been selected for inclusion on the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list and generally has been listed as a local litigation star in Pennsylvania in Benchmark Litigation.
Mr. Devine focuses his practice on complex business and commercial disputes, insurance coverage, professional liability and malpractice, directors and officers liability, products liability and intellectual property disputes. He has extensive experience 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 has served as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas since the program commenced. He has been 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 has served as Pennsylvania state membership chair for the United States Supreme Court Historical Society.
He has served as an arbitrator for the SEC, NASD and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. and continues to serve as an arbitrator for the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, and as 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. For the years 2011-2013, he served as 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.
Mr. Devine co-founded the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP) and subsequently served as chair of its board of directors. Philadelphia VIP annually provides $3-4 million in free legal services to the indigent and more than $100 million in such services since its inception.
In 1987, Mr. Devine conceived of, developed and started the Philadelphia Bar Foundation's now 30 year old annual golf fundraiser, which has raised millions of dollars for public interest organizations. He organized and chaired its first two events.
In 1996, Mr. Devine founded the Hamilton Circle with the goal of raising $2 million for the Foundation's Endowment Fund over 10 years. The effort exceeded all expectations, and now has raised over $3.5 million.
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 served as president of The Lawyers’ Club of Philadelphia; president of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation; and 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; the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel Distinguished Service 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.