Catholic University law school graduate John Devaney, Class of 1983, has been elected Managing Partner of the Seattle-based law firm Perkins Coie, formally assuming his duties in January 2015. Perkins Coie has more than 950 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia.
His appointment marks the first time the 102-year old firm has named a D.C.-based managing partner. Devaney has been an attorney at the firm since 1988, focusing his practice on the areas of commercial litigation, political law litigation, and communications law. During his 30-year career, Devaney has represented clients in more than 20 appeals, including appeals before the U.S. Courts of Appeals and administrative appeals before U.S. district courts.
Devaney was listed in "Super Lawyers" for Washington D.C., 2013–2014.
While a student, he was an editor of the Catholic University Law Review. Following law school, Devaney clerked for the Hon. Justices Gallagher, Pair, Reilly and Yeagley in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Prior to joining Perkins Coie, he was a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked in the Civil Rights Division.
Devany and his wife, Deborah Reagan, have raised their three children in the nation’s capital. While conducting his practice and assisting with the management of Perkins Coie, he has also pursued his passion for baseball by serving as a Little League coach for 15 years. In addition, Devany is the co-founder of the Washington Lawyers’ Foundation for Children’s Hospital, which focuses on enlisting financial support from D.C. law firms for the Hospital’s Critical Care Unit.