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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


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 90%
    28 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Workers Compensation: 10%
    28 years, 1 thousand cases



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Law Off. of Vladimir P. Devens LLC

707 Richards St
The Block
Honolulu, HI, 96813-4613


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top One Percent Trial AttorneyNations Top One Percent2015
Law Firm RecognitionBest Lawyers in America2013
Personal Injury LawyerBest Lawyers in America2012
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalLaw Offices of Vladimir P. Devens, LLC2013 - Present
Chief CounselState Hawaii Organization of Police Officers1986 - 2015
Association namePosition nameDuration
Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme CourtHearings Officer2014 - Present
Hawaii State Bar FoundationFounding Fellow2014 - Present
American Judicature Society, Hawaii State ChapterMember2013 - Present
Hawaii State Bar Association, Bench/Bar CommitteeCommittee Member2011 - Present
Hawaii State Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2011 - Present
CrimeStoppers of HonoluluBoard of Directors2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1986 - Present
Hawaii Association for JusticeMember1986 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers v. County of KauaiAffirmed 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 BoyerJury verdict affirmed in victim's favor
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Publication nameTitleDate
Hawaii Bar JournalJoint and Several Liability2011
Hawaii Bar AssociationHSBA's Annual Seminar Litigation Manual2006
Lorman Education Services publicationAutomobile Accident Law2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
University of California - BerkeleyEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts, High Honors1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Business Agents conferenceSHOPO Contract Negotiation Workshop2015
Insurance Adjusters ConferenceLiability in the Workplace2014
SHOPO Training WorkshopBusiness Agents Training Workshop2012
Laobr and Worklife ProgramPolice Labor Unions Conference2012
Hawaii Hotel Engineers AssociationHotel Liability2009
Hawaii Hotel Engineers ConferenceHotel Guest Liability2008
Hawaii Hotel Association of Secuirity Directors ConferenceHotel Security Liability2008
Hotel Security Directors ConferenceAvoiding Security Liability2007
Police Union ConferenceRevised Uniform Arbitration Act2003
Lorman's Seminar for Practicing AttorneysAutomobile Accident Law2003
Police Union ConferenceCollective Bargaining2002
Police Officers ConferenceFair Labor and Standards Act2002
Kapiolani Community College-Paralegal AssociationParalegal Work1998