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Patrick Devine is an experienced trial attorney who focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, professional liability defense and insurance defense. Mr. Devine’s commercial litigation practice has focused on the areas of surety and fidelity law, while his professional liability practice has centered on the defense of physician and attorney malpractice claims.

In the realm of insurance defense, Mr. Devine has defended cases arising out of construction issues accidents and defects, trucking accidents, fire losses, hotel losses, theater losses, premises accidents, transportation subjects and other serious accidents. He also assists insurance clients with examinations under oath (EUO), special investigation unit (SIU) matters and claims involving allegations of bad faith and unfair claims practices.

Mr. Devine has assisted many insurance clients, including State Farm, Acuity Insurance, CNA, CUNA Mutual Insurance Company, Federal Insurance Company, XL Insurance, First Group, Hanover Insurance, Medical Protective, Washington International Insurance Company, Safeco, American States, BoatUS and others. He has also represented the State of Indiana and other government entities and non-profit corporations.

Professional Background

Mr. Devine joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in August 2005. Previously, he was a trial attorney with Eberhard & Gastineau, P.C., where he was recruited to open the firm's Mishawaka, Indiana, office in 2004. He was also a trial attorney for four years with the Law Offices of Citizens Insurance, where he was responsible for high exposure/excess cases, and was the recipient of their Citizens/Allmerica Exceptional Performance Award in 2001. During his tenure at Citizens’ Mishawaka, Indiana office, Mr. Devine had responsibility for supervising the office, including managing staff and mentoring junior attorneys.

Professional Affiliations

  • Lake County (Indiana) Bar Association
  • Serves as a Lake County judge pro tempore

Representative Matters

A couple of Mr. Devine’s reported decisions are below. Click on the link to see Mr. Devine argue each case.

Chaffins v. Kauffman, 995 N.E.2d 707 (Ind. Ct. App. 2013).

Breeden v. Hoffmeister-Repp, 941 N.E.2d 1045 (Ind. Ct. App. 2010).

Presentations

Mr. Devine has lectured to students at Michiana Business College on the role of the paralegal in staff counsel. His other presentations include:

  • "The Three-Way Relationship Between Insurer, Insured and Assigned Counsel:  Ethics and Malpractice Issues," WestLegalEdcenter, live webcast, May 27, 2016.
  • "The Use of Expert and Skilled Lay Witnesses in Legal Malpractice Cases," West LegalEdcenter, live webcast, March 31, 2015.
  • "Are Those Damages Really Recoverable?: A Discussion of Claims for Punitive, Emotional and Consequential Damages in Legal Malpractice," West LegalEdcenter, live webcast, March 2014.
  • "Avoiding the Medicare Trap: Medicare Considerations and the Potential for Legal Malpractice Claims," webinar, West Publishing, April 2013.
  • “Discoverable Social Media and its Admissibility,” in-house live webinar, June 2012.
  • "Legal Ethics for Everyday Practice," National Business Institute, Merrillville, Indiana, November 2011.
  • “Personal Injury Settlements in Indiana: Practical Methods for Perfecting the Settlement of a Claim,” National Business Institute, Indiana, 2002.

Publications

Mr. Devine’s publications include:

  • “Good Intentions/Problematic Application: The Medical Malpractice Doctrines of Loss of Chance and Increased Risk of Harm,” Hinshaw’s Medical Malpractice Newsletter, February 2009.
  • “Inadvertently Disclosed Information: Do I Have to Give it Back?” co-author, The LawyerCare Newsletter, Volume 9, Number 2, September 2008.

Community/Civic Activities

Senior advisor to the Anna C. Gamble Charitable Foundation, a private charitable trust.  Involved in assisting the trust with selecting recipients for charitable gifts.

Board of Trustees for Forest Ridge Academy, a private primary school in Northwest Indiana.

Education

J.D., with honor, DePaul University College of Law, 1996

  • Member, Order of the Coif
  • Recipient, CALI Award for Excellence in Advanced Trial Advocacy

B.S., Indiana University School of Business, 1992, Accounting

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