John S. Devlin III

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.6280 |

Areas of Practice

John Devlin is the Chair of Lane Powell’s Mortgage and Consumer Finance Litigation Industry Team and a member of the Firm’s Securities Class Action, and Financial Institutions practice groups. In these positions, John combines his leadership skills as a former U.S. Army Airborne Ranger and West Point graduate with his extensive complex commercial litigation experience to assist clients faced with a myriad of litigation issues. John has tried over 30 bench and jury trials in state and federal court, and arbitrations governed by the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, the rules of the American Arbitration Association, and in the London Court of International Arbitration. Additionally, John has represented Directors and Officers of financial institutions and corporations during internal investigations, shareholder demand investigations and in litigation.

John has a great deal of experience with class action and mass tort cases involving various medical and other products. In representing national and regional financial institutions, John has handled class actions arising under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the Washington Consumer Protection Act (CPA). John is a member of Lane Powell’s team representing clients on Death Row in Louisana and Texas. He has also litigated the claims of lenders nationwide that have lien interests on real property seized by the U.S. Government pursuant to the Supplemental Admiralty Rules of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

In handling litigation involving various clients and opposing parties located in Japan, Portugal, Mexico, Ecuador, Barbados, Nevis & St. Kitts, Brazil and the United Kingdom, John has developed expertise with various multi-lateral treaties governing international discovery, service of process and enforcement of arbitral awards, including the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, the Inter-American Convention on International Commercial Arbitration, the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extra-judicial Documents, and the Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory.

Professional Experience

  • Member, Lane Powell Board of Directors
  • Lane Powell PC, Trial Lawyer, Associate/Partner (1994-Present)
  • Orleans Parish Indigent Defense, New Orleans, LA., Defense Counsel (1993-1994)
  • Tulane Legal Aid Program (TULAP), New Orleans, LA., Legal Intern (1991)

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Washington
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Pro Hac Vice Admissions: Utah, Alaska, Oregon, California, Florida


  • Tulane Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1994)
    • Tulane Law Review, Managing Editor
    • Moot Court Trial and Appellate Competition Champion (1993-1994)
  • United States Military Academy at West Point (B.S., 1985)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Chair, Mortgage and Consumer Finance Industry Team
  • Business Crisis Management and Emergency Remedies
  • Class Action Defense
  • Securities Litigation
  • Financial Institutions
  • FinTech
  • Insurance
  • International Arbitration
  • Litigation
  • London Insurance
  • Products Liability and Mass Torts Litigation

Representative Matters and Clients

  • Elitech Group, Inc. (USA) and Elitech Group SAS (France) v. Qiagen Gmbh (Germany) (ICC Arbitration) – Breach of Contract
  • Fishing Company of Alaska v. MAN Diesel (London Court of Intl. Arbitration) – Contract
  • Brunswick v. Milmar, LTDA (AAA Arbitration) – International Contract
  • Claircom de Mexico v. Cingular Wireless (Wash. Federal Court) – International Contract
  • Derry v. Aeromaster Airways, S.A. (Oregon Federal Court) – International Contract
  • Wolstein v. London Underwriters, et al. (Wash. State Court) – International Contract
  • Douglas v. ReconTrust Company, N.A. (Wash. Federal Court) – Class Action (Washington CPA)
  • Palavalli v. Bank of America, N.A. (Wash. Federal Court) – Class Action (Mortgage Contract)
  • Tavener v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. (Wash. State Court) – Class Action (Washington CPA)
  • Kauhi v. Countrywide (Wash. Federal Court) – Civil RICO
  • Capitol West v. Countrywide (Wash. Federal Court) – Class Action (RICO)
  • Beyer v. Countrywide (Wash. Federal Court) – Class Action (Mortgage Contract)
  • Wright v. AMC Mortgage Services, Inc. (Wash. State Court) – Class Action (Mortgage Contract)
  • Lund v. Sea Ray (Wash. State Court) – Class Action (Fuel Consumption/Consumer Protection)
  • Thomas v. Continental Ins. Co. (Wash. Federal Court) – Class Action (Insurance)
  • Aircraft Gear Corp. v. Boeing (Wash. Federal Court) – Commercial/Contract

TV/Radio Interviews

  • “New Regulations Target Predatory Lending Ads,” KOMO-TV (October 13, 2009)


  • “Responding to Discovery Subpoenas: Washington Q&A,” Practical Law The Journal (2015)
  • “Foreclosure Fairness Act — Recent Legislation Adds a New Mediation Step to the Foreclosure Process,” Seattle Business magazine (September 2011)
  • “Managing Tribal-State Relations in a Changing Economy,” a chapter in Inside the Minds: Emerging Issues in Tribal-State Relations (2010 edition), Co-author (March 2010)
  • “Measuring Borrowers in a New Legal Landscape,” Scotsman Guide (March 2008)

Speaking Engagements

  • “You Have Won Your Arbitration; Now What? — Enforcing International Arbitration Awards in Foreign Jurisdictions,” American Bar Association Section of International Law Annual Meeting, Panelist (October 19, 2016)
  • “Attorney Ethics in Foreclosure,” National Business Institute’s “Real Property Foreclosure:  A Step-By-Step Workshop” Seminar (May 14, 2012)

Awards and Honors

  • AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
  • Named as a “Washington Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers® magazine, General Litigation (2010); Class Action/Mass Torts (2011-2016) (“Top 100 Washington Super Lawyers,” 2015)
  • Distinguished Member of the 75th Ranger Regiment

Professional and Community Activities

  • American Bar Association, International Arbitration Committee
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association
  • Bainbridge Island Little League
  • 2nd Ranger Battalion Assistance Foundation

John S. Devlin III

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.6280 |


John S. Devlin III

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.6280 |