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Paul S. Devine


Paul chairs the firm’s Municipal and Government Practice Group, as well as its General Litigation Practice Group. In three decades of client advocacy, he has taken more than 100 cases to verdict in federal and state courts around the country. Paul understands that plaintiff’s attorneys employ a strategy, from discovery to closing argument, of attacking the company as opposed to focusing on the accident. He represents owners and contractors in construction work site accidents, railroad accidents, and catastrophic injury cases with the knowledge that plaintiffs try to portray an “out of control” company and instill fear in the jurors. Paul applies this strategy to defend public and school transportation providers in municipal liability, product liability, and civil rights claims. Paul has extensive experience representing professionals in a wide swath of risk exposures. He has counseled professionals on ethical issues, represented lawyers in grievance issues, and litigated all types of professional liability claims to successful conclusion. Notably, Paul successfully represented the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing Cases – obtaining a favorable finding from New York’s highest court.

Paul preaches active participation in a claim’s investigation phase. He has participated in 100s of site and laboratory. He has spent decades debunking experts who base their opinions on “junk science.” He continues to represent the Port Authority and contractors on accidents at the World Trade Center — understanding that constructive or actual notice of a defect can often be the key to success in defending all types of matters.

Paul has argued dozens of appeals and can often be found arguing client interests at the Appellate Divisions of New York’s First and Second Judicial Departments. He has served as Chairman of the Trial Lawyers’ Section of the Nassau County and Suffolk County Bar Associations. He is an active member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI). He also possesses an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. His experience includes litigating maritime matters and success with several exoneration actions.

Paul happily resides in Northport, New York where he enjoys kayaking and biking. His interests in winter skiing have lead him to some of the world’s most exciting resorts in Europe and South America. And he has an unwavering passion to improve his golf game.