Mr. Devens has successfully litigated a variety of cases at all levels in our Hawaii State courts, including the Hawaii Supreme Court, Intermediate Court of Appeals, Circuit Court, District Court, Family Court, the federal courts (District of Hawaii, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals), and before various administrative agencies, including the Disability Compensation Division, Labor and Industrial Relations Appeals Board and Hawaii Labor Relations Board.
In what is considered one of the highest settlements in the country, Mr. Devens was the lead trial attorney in a class action that settled for over $30 million dollars and consisted of over 2,000 police officers and firefighters based on a violation of the Fair Labor and Standards Act ("FLSA"), which was filed against the City and County of Honolulu, County of Kauai, County of Maui and County of Hawaii.
In a landmark and groundbreaking decision issued by the Hawaii Supreme Court in 2008, Mr. Devens successfully litigated and obtained a verdict in excess of $1 million dollars against the State’s Child Protective Services for failing to protect an abused child on Maui.
Mr. Devens has successfully litigated a variety of cases, including wrongful death cases, car, pedestrian, moped and bicycle accidents, bus accidents, slip and falls, work/construction accidents, medical malpractice and many complex injury cases that have resulted in substantial settlements and/or verdicts. He has also represented the State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers in many high profile labor matters, including major contract arbitrations and grievances.
The Best Lawyers in America: Personal Injury, Litigation National Trial Lawyers Association: Top 100 Trial Lawyer Super Lawyers by Key Professional Media, Inc.
1987: University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall School of Law) (JD) 1984: University of California at Berkeley (BA, economics, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) 1980: Kalani High School
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top One Percent Trial Attorney||Nations Top One Percent||2015|
|Law Firm Recognition||Best Lawyers in America||2013|
|Personal Injury Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2012|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2012|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Principal||Law Offices of Vladimir P. Devens, LLC||2013 - Present|
|Chief Counsel||State Hawaii Organization of Police Officers||1986 - 2015|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court||Hearings Officer||2014 - Present|
|Hawaii State Bar Foundation||Founding Fellow||2014 - Present|
|American Judicature Society, Hawaii State Chapter||Member||2013 - Present|
|Hawaii State Bar Association, Bench/Bar Committee||Committee Member||2011 - Present|
|Hawaii State Bar Association||Board of Directors||2011 - Present|
|CrimeStoppers of Honolulu||Board of Directors||2010 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1987 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Member||1986 - Present|
|Hawaii Association for Justice||Member||1986 - Present|
|Hawaii Bar Journal||Joint and Several Liability||2011|
|Hawaii Bar Association||HSBA's Annual Seminar Litigation Manual||2006|
|Lorman Education Services publication||Automobile Accident Law||2003|
|University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1987|
|University of California - Berkeley||BA - Bachelor of Arts, High Honors||1984|
|Business Agents conference||SHOPO Contract Negotiation Workshop||2015|
|Insurance Adjusters Conference||Liability in the Workplace||2014|
|SHOPO Training Workshop||Business Agents Training Workshop||2012|
|Laobr and Worklife Program||Police Labor Unions Conference||2012|
|Hawaii Hotel Engineers Association||Hotel Liability||2009|
|Hawaii Hotel Engineers Conference||Hotel Guest Liability||2008|
|Hawaii Hotel Association of Secuirity Directors Conference||Hotel Security Liability||2008|
|Hotel Security Directors Conference||Avoiding Security Liability||2007|
|Police Union Conference||Revised Uniform Arbitration Act||2003|
|Lorman's Seminar for Practicing Attorneys||Automobile Accident Law||2003|
|Police Union Conference||Collective Bargaining||2002|
|Police Officers Conference||Fair Labor and Standards Act||2002|
|Kapiolani Community College-Paralegal Association||Paralegal Work||1998|
|State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers v. County of Kauai||Affirmed in police union's favor|
|Kaho'ohanohano v. State of Hawaii, Dept. of Human Services, 117 Haw. 262, 178 P.3d 538 (2008)||Hawaii Supreme Court affirmed verdict in victim's favor|
|Karl Liftee v. Alexene Boyer||Jury verdict affirmed in victim's favor|
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