Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Visiting Faculty and Faculty in Residence

Richard A. Devine

Title/s: Distinguished Practitioner in Residence



In over twenty years of private practice, Mr. Devine specialized in litigation matters, with substantial experience in product liability, insurance coverage, election law, white collar crime, franchising, construction, contracts and eminent domain.

Mr. Devine is a member of the Federal Trial Bar, with a wide range of court experience in the federal system. He has argued cases before the United States Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Illinois Supreme Court and the Illinois Appellate Court. He has experience in major securities litigation, product liability and mass tort litigation. Represented American Stores in multi-million dollar class action based on salmonella milk outbreak in 1985 caused by tainted Jewel milk. Also supervised hundreds of bench trials to determine compensatory damages for individual claimants.

In 1996, Mr. Devine became State's Attorney of Cook County. As State's Attorney, he managed over 900 prosecutors. He tried major felony cases and argued before the United States Supreme Court. Some of Mr. Devine's significant accomplishments while State's Attorney have been creation of Domestic Violence Division, including nationally recognized Target Abuser Call (TAC) which provides comprehensive support services for victims in high risk cases; major reform of Illinois' juvenile justice system establishing the "balanced and restorative justice" approach; dramatic expansion of drug participation in opening of County's first mental health court; development of new strategies to investigate, prosecute and convict major drug dealers; reform of system for prosecuting death penalty cases; creation of comprehensive training programs for prosecutors; and leadership in passing legislation to allow sealing of records for non-violent offenses.


B.A., cum laude, John Carroll University/Loyola University Chicago, 1966
J.D., cum laude, Northwestern University School of Law, 1968

Program Areas

Criminal Law