Cozen O’Connor: Devine, Richard A.

Richard A. Devine

Of Counsel

Chicago

(312) 474-7993

(312) 706-9739

Recent News:

138 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Richard A. Devine has more than 45 years of experience in both criminal and civil litigation, including white-collar and commercial litigation, securities, eminent domain and zoning.

Dick is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has a wide range of court experience in the federal system. He has also argued major cases before the U.S Supreme Court, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Illinois Supreme Court and the Illinois Appellate Court. Among his many significant results, Dick represented American Stores in defending a multimillion dollar class action based on the salmonella milk outbreak caused by tainted Jewel milk, which resulted in a not guilty verdict.

Dick was elected Cook County state’s attorney in 1996 and held that post for 12 years. As the chief prosecutor, he ran an office of more than 900 attorneys, the second largest in the country. 

Prior to being elected state’s attorney, Dick was president of the Board of Commissioners of the Chicago Park District (1990-1993), served as a first assistant state’s attorney to then-State’s Attorney Richard. M. Daley (1980-1983), and worked as an aide to Mayor Richard J. Daley (1969-1972).

Dick serves as co-chair of the committee appointed by Senator Richard Durbin to review applicants for the position of federal district court judge for the Northern District of Illinois.

Dick received his law degree, cum laude, in 1968 from Northwestern University School of Law, where he was managing editor of the Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago in 1966.

News

138 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2019

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Leading Lawyers Network Recognizes 17 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers as Top Illinois Practitioners

May 21, 2019

The Leading Lawyers Network has named 17 Cozen O’Connor lawyers to its annual list of Illinois’ top practitioners - including one Emerging Lawyer - in its 2019 survey results.

Seven Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named To 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers Lists

January 24, 2019

Super Lawyers has named seven attorneys at Cozen O’Connor to its 2019 lists of top practitioners in Illinois.

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Twelve Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named To 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers Lists

January 26, 2018

Super Lawyers has recognized 12 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 lists of top practitioners in Illinois, including Joe Tilson who was again named one of the "Top 100" Illinois Super Lawyers.

Leading Lawyers Network Recognizes 22 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers as Top Illinois Practitioners

November 29, 2017

Leading Lawyers Network has recognized 22 Cozen O'Connor attorneys as top Illinois practitioners, including 19 "Leading Lawyers" and 3 "Emerging Lawyers" for its 2017 survey results publication.

100 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 23, 2017

Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition based on a rigorous peer-review that has been developed and defined for more than 30 years.

Thirteen Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers Lists

February 03, 2017

Super Lawyers represents the top five percent of all practicing lawyers in each state. The publishers of Super Lawyers identify preeminent attorneys based on surveys and interviews with thousands of attorneys, plus consideration of civic service and pro bono activities.

Sixty-Two Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 15, 2016

Sixty-two Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 13 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

A Former Prosecutor Comes to the Defense of Cook County's Criminal Justice System [Crain's Chicago Business]

July 01, 2016

Richard Devine, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, discusses Cook County's criminal justice system in Crain's Chicago Business.

Leading Lawyers Network Recognizes 22 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers as Top Illinois Practitioners

July 01, 2016

The Leading Lawyers Network has named 22 Cozen O’Connor lawyers to its annual list of Illinois’ top practitioners and named 4 others as Emerging Lawyers in its 2016 survey results.

15 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

February 03, 2016

Super Lawyers has named 15 attorneys at Cozen O’Connor to its 2016 lists of top practitioners in Illinois.

Dick Devine Discusses Police Enforcement Concerns in Chicago on Salon.com

January 05, 2016

Dick Devine, of counsel to the firm’s Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations Practice, has been quoted in a number of publications recently about the ongoing police enforcement actions in Chicago.

Dick Devine Discusses the Search Process for Chicago's Next Police Superintendent [Crain's Chicago Business]

December 03, 2015

Dick Devine, of counsel in Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations, shares his perspective in Crain's Chicago Business on the vetting process for a new Chicago Police Superintendent. Devine served as the Chicago Cook County State's Attorney from 1996 to 2008, running the second largest prosecutor's office (900 attorneys) in the country.

Fifty-Two Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 17, 2015

The current edition is based on more than five million detailed evaluations by the top lawyers of the country. This list will be included in dozens of city and regional publications in the United States including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

Publications

Former state’s attorney: Smollett case gone, but not about to be forgotten [Chicago Sun Times]

April 03, 2019

Richard Devine shared his concerns on the abrupt prosecutor office's dismissal of charges against Jussie Smollett.

New standards of proof for the death penalty continues the debate in Illinois [Chicago Daily Law Bulletin]

June 06, 2018

Dick Devine, of counsel in Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations practice, offers his insights into the ongoing legislative debates around capital punishment in Illinois.

Chicago Police Department already is controlled by civilians—in City Hall

April 11, 2018

Dick Devine, of counsel, in Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations practice, shared in Crain's Chicago Business his concerns over the recent proposal to shake up the organizational structure of the Chicago Police Department.

Amid the Violence, a Police Department at the Crossroads [Crain's Chicago Business]

February 22, 2017

Dick Devine, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice, discusses the Chicago Police Department in Crain's Chicago Business.

Keeping a Check on Police Acts: Are We Making Changes to Make Changes? [Chicago Daily Law Bulletin]

August 03, 2016

Dick Devine, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice, discusses keeping a check on police acts in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

Advice for Chicago's New Top Cop: Boost Morale, Reduce Crime [Chicago Tribune]

April 04, 2016

Dick Devine, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice, discusses the ongoing news about the new Chicago Police Superintendent​.

Opinion: Police-Involved Shootings Don't Always Call For Special Prosecutor [Chicago Sun-Times]

February 24, 2016

Dick Devine, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations practice, discusses police involved shootings in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Opinion: Next police chief will face big challenges [Chicago Sun Times]

January 29, 2016

Dick Devine, of counsel in Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations, authors opinion column in Chicago Sun-Times sharing his ongoing concerns over the vetting process – as the city looks to install a new Police Superintendent in the wake of recently exposed enforcement concerns.

Education

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

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers in America 2013-2019

Leading Lawyers Network 2017

Illinois Super Lawyer 2018

  • Illinois