Cathleen M. Devlin

Cathleen M. Devlin

Cathleen Devlin is chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department, a role in which she guides the Department’s strategic focus and initiatives, manages its daily operations, and oversees more than 200 litigators across the Firm’s 16 offices. She is the first woman to serve in the role at the Firm.

A seasoned trial lawyer, negotiator and problem-solver, Cathleen is recognized by Benchmark Litigation as one of the top 250 women litigators across the country. She has over 25 years of experience handling high-stakes commercial contract and business tort matters and complex environmental disputes nationwide. She also focuses on defending class actions and counseling clients in navigating investigations and audits arising from federal and state government inquiries. 


Cathleen has achieved favorable outcomes for her clients by way of successful motions and arguments, trial judgments, appeals, arbitration awards and mediated settlements.

Cathleen is an avid golfer, and has a niche practice counseling golf industry clients about developments in the law as to golf course design safety issues, disputes with neighboring property owners and other contract, tort, real estate and environmental issues affecting golf course owners and operators. Beyond golf, Cathleen is passionate about supporting National Parks conservation and animal rescue and adoption organizations. She is also committed to serving the legal profession through active participation in the leadership of the ABA Litigation Section. She currently serves as a co-chair of the Section’s Communications Committee and a member of the Section’s Task Force on Racial and Economic Justice, having recently concluded a three-year term as a member of the Section’s governing Council. 

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