Brian W. Devane

24 Fife, Slingerlands, NY 12159, 518-478-0194 (H)



LAW OFFICES OF BRIAN W. DEVANE, ESQ.                                                Sole Proprietor

Delmar, New York                                                                                        2008 – present


DREYER BOYAJIAN LLP                                                                                   1991 – 2008

Albany, New York                                                                                        1996 – Partner


ALBANY COUNTY SURROGATE COURT                                                           2009 – Present


Albany, New York


Criminal Law Experience



Job responsibilities include:  assessment of criminal charges, facts, client history and          credibility, establishment of retainer or fixed fee amount; preparation of Letter of              Engagement; analysis and application of Criminal Procedure Law and Penal Law (NYS),

The Federal Criminal Code and Rules, and The Federal Sentencing Guidelines Manual;     attend arraignments, prepare bail applications, conduct investigation, discovery and    motion practice, engage in plea negotiations, attend allocutions, prepare for and conduct            trials; maintain itemized time and prepare monthly billing statements.

United States Criminal Justice Act, Panel Member          

Obtain assignments from United States Magistrate Judges to represent criminal      defendants who qualify financially for appointment of counsel.



Albany County Special District Attorney; 30 appointments pursuant to County Law §701

Responsibilities include coordinating criminal prosecutions with City and County Law      Enforcement personnel; conducting arraignments and making bail recommendations;             preparing and conducting grand jury presentations; offering appropriate plea bargains;     attending allocutions preparing for jury selection and trials.


Personal Injury Litigation

Job responsibilities include:  investigation, development and assessment of facts of case;   application of the law; assess client credibility and history; obtain retainer agreements;      analyze anticipated outlay of expenses and discuss with clients; prepare complaints,       conduct discovery and depositions, engage in motion practice and settlement       negotiations, prepare for and conduct mediations, arbitrations and trials; maintain itemized time and review work-in-progress sheets.


Insurance Litigation

Job responsibilities include:  defense of roadway claims against municipalities and claims against Police Departments/Officers in state and federal court; maintain itemized time            and prepare quarterly billing statements; prepare Answers with Affirmative Defenses and     Cross-Claims, conduct discovery and depositions, engage in Motion practice and         settlement negotiations; prepare for and conduct mediations, arbitrations and trials;       prepare Case Analysis Reports and Litigation Budgets.

Municipal Representation

      Town of Germantown Town Attorney                                                          2004 – 2005

Employed as independent contractor to attend Town and Planning Board meetings,          represent the Town’s interests on various zoning issues and in defense of claims,       maintain itemized time and prepare monthly billing statements.


City of Albany                                                                                                               2006

Employed as independent contractor to represent the City Treasurer in defense of a           lawsuit commenced by the City Comptroller – obtained dismissal.

UNITED STATES JUDICIAL LAW CLERK,                                                         1990-1991

Honorable James T. Foley, United States District Court (NDNY)                                  

Job responsibilities included:  managing the Court’s calendar; attending conferences with attorneys and clients; conducting research and briefing legal issues for the Court.


MAYNARD O’CONNOR & SMITH,                                                                          1989-1990

Law Clerk/Associate Attorney                                                                    

Job responsibilities included:  assisting a specific partner of the firm in handling an            insurance defense caseload.



United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals

United States District Court – Northern District of New York

New York State Appellate Division – Third Judicial Department

New York State Bar Association

Albany County Bar Association

American Inns of Court

Capital District Trial Lawyers Association




Albany Law School, Juris Doctor, May 1989

National Trial Competition, Regional Championship Team

Rugby Team Captain


St. Lawrence University, Bachelor of Arts, May 1986

Presidential Scholar

Student Preceptor, Political Science

Rugby Team



  • YMCA
  • CYO – St. Catherine’s of Siena
  • Tri-Village Little League
  • Bethlehem Tomboys
  • Mater Christi Food Pantry


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  • American Inns of Court
  • New York State Bar Association
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Northern District
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • Super Lawyers 2009-2012