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.