Devin has deep experience litigating and arbitrating commercial, trade secret, securities, and employment cases in federal and state court and before various arbitration tribunals (FINRA, JAMS and AAA-ICDR). He has successfully defended numerous customer and employment claims made against brokerage firms and other financial institutions. Devin’s practice also includes advising broker-dealers and financial advisers in regulatory matters before FINRA and the SEC and assisting his corporate clients with complicated internal investigations and serving as an advocate for his clients in international arbitrations.
Devin has served as lead trial counsel defending several financial institutions, brokerage firms and financial advisers in 100+ court matters and arbitrations, many resulting in favorable dispositions including several defense awards and rulings against multimillion dollar claims. Devin has handled securities litigation and regulatory enforcement matters involving several different types of complicated investment products, strategies, and sales practices resulting in claims of statutory and common law securities fraud and unsuitability. He has also served as lead counsel defending brokerage firms and advisers before FINRA and the SEC in regulatory investigations and enforcement matters. This experience has given him the unique experience of trying as lead counsel several civil matters to award or verdict.
Devin represents companies and individuals in commercial and trade secret litigation matters in both court and arbitration, including the prosecution and defense of matters filed under the federal Defense of Trade Secrets Act or the various states’ uniform trade secrets acts. He has successfully litigated high-profile trade secret matters in California and other jurisdictions in various industries including financial services, retail, entertainment/sports, insurance brokerage and many others. His business and commercial litigation experience includes defending companies in international arbitrations including one of the largest banks in the world in an arbitration involving an eight-figure investment filed by a well-known bank in South America. Devin also serves on the AAA-International Centre for Dispute Resolution arbitrator panel. Devin’s employment litigation experience includes defending companies in California and around the country against numerous types of employment claims — both statutory (federal and state) and common law — and he has successfully handled the complicated and thorny employment issues that California employers face.
As a former business owner himself, Devin has a unique perspective and understanding of the issues that his corporate clients typically face and can tailor his advice in a way that many practicing lawyers cannot. Devin views each representation as a partnership with his clients. He listens to his clients carefully, learns the ins and outs of their businesses, and becomes familiar with their goals so that he can provide the most efficient and effective advocacy.
Devin earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Prior to law school, he served as a legislative aide in the California State Senate. While in law school, Devin served as Student Bar Association president, an editor of McGeorge’s Transnational Lawyer and president of the McGeorge International Law Society. Devin is also a graduate of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership LA Program.