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
ANNUAL ACCOUNT EXAMINER
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.
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.
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
Student Preceptor, Political Science
VOLUNTEER AND COMMUNITY SERVICE:
- CYO – St. Catherine’s of Siena
- Tri-Village Little League
- Bethlehem Tomboys
- Mater Christi Food Pantry
Click here to view Brian W. Devane’s full resume.