Mark R. Devan of Counsel

Mark R. Devan of Counsel
Biography

Of Counsel

Mr. DeVan is a graduate from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He has worked vigorously and tirelessly as a criminal defense attorney for clients facing investigation or prosecution in State and federal courts throughout Ohio. He appreciates the significant and life-altering consequences for those facing criminal charges and the necessity of devoting sufficient resources to adequately defend those charged with criminal offenses. As Of-Counsel at Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C., Mr. DeVan is an invaluable resource, bringing his years of experience to the firm’s complex criminal matters. These cases often involve extensive and complicated litigation, including white collar prosecutions in both State and Federal cases. Mr. DeVan has represented individuals and entities in a wide array of complex criminal matters, such as bank fraud, tax evasion, and wire and mail fraud. He has also represented clients in general criminal matters, including individuals charged with aggravated murder, robbery, gambling, arson and rape.

Mr. DeVan has made significant contributions to the legal community throughout his career. His efforts have been recognized not only by his peers, but also by numerous local and national legal organizations. Mr. DeVan is a member of several local and national associations, including the Ohio Eighth Judicial District, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (“NACDL”), the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Ohio State Bar Association. He has served as a Master Bencher for the America Inns of Court, William K. Thomas Chapter as well as various committees of the NACDL. He has served as President of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He has been named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers as well as the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. He has been honored as one of the Best Lawyers in America and has received accolades from Ohio Super Lawyers and Marquis Who’s Who in American Law.

Education

Education

  • Ashland College, B.A., 1971
  • Cleveland Marshall College of Law,
  • Cleveland State University, J.D., 1974
Honors

Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2004 to present.
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law, 2005 to present.
  • Ohio Super Lawyers, 2005 to present.
  • Cleveland’s Best Lawyers, 2009 to present.
Professional Membership

Affiliations & Organizations

  • Ohio State Bar Association, 1974 to present.
  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers, Fellow, 1995 to present.
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 1999 to present.
  • The Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1987 to present.Board of Directors, 1988; Vice President of Publications, 1989-1991; Treasurer, 1992; President, 1993-1994.
  • The Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1974 to present. Board of Directors, 1985 to present.Committee memberships: Chairman, Amicus Committee, 1985 and 1986; Chairman, Grand Jury Committee, 1986-1988;Lawyers’ Assistance Committee, 1986; Chairman, Resource Panel, 1986; Annual Meeting Committee, 1986; President, 1988-1989.
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1980 to present. Committee memberships: Death Penalty Committee, 1983 and 1984; Vice Chairman, Hot Line Panel of Experts, 1986; Legislative Committee, 1987.
  • American Inns of Court, Master Bencher, 1989 to present.
  • Eighth Appellate Judicial District, Judicial Conference, Life Member.
Court Admissions

Court Admissions

  • State of Ohio, November 9, 1974
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, November 1974
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, June 30, 2003
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, October 2, 1975
  • United States Supreme Court, January 11, 1982
Publications

Publications

  • The Effective Assistance of Assigned Counsel,CCDLA Newsletter, Vol. 1, 1978;
  • Tacit Waiver of Speedy Trial, CCDLA Newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 41, 1978;
  • House Bill 565, A Bill of Rights for the Mentally Ill and Retarded Defendant, CCDLA Newsletter, Vol. 2, No. 1, 1979;
  • Administrative Searches, CCDLA Newsletter, Vol. 7, No. 1, 1985;
  • Conducting a Defense Jury Voir Dire Through the Judge in Federal District Court, The Champion, Vol. XI, No. 2;
  • Whose Grand Jury Is It Anyway?, An Account of the Reform of the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury,The Vindicator, Summer, 1988;
  • The Fundamentals of Representation of the Criminally Accused - The First Contact with a Criminal Case, Oakes’ Criminal Practice Letter, Vol. 1, No. 2.
Activities

Professional Activities

  • Guest Speaker, Ohio State Bar Association/American College of Trial Lawyers. Topic: Ethics and Fees in Criminal Cases. Columbus, Ohio, November 2007.
  • Guest Speaker, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Topic: Cross Examination of Cooperating Witnesses. Hamilton, Ohio, October 2002.
  • Guest Speaker, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Topic: Client Representation at Trial. Athens, Ohio, October 2000.
  • Guest Speaker, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Topic: Opening Statements in Criminal Cases. Columbus, Ohio, January 1999.
  • Guest Speaker, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers. Topic: Jury Selec in Violent Cases. Columbus, Ohio, February 1995.
  • Guest Speaker, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Topic: Jury Selection Through Use of Jury Experts. Columbus, Ohio, June 1994.
  • Guest Panelist, Society of Professional Journalists. Topic: Im of the Media on High Profile Cases. Cleveland, Ohio, September 1993.
  • Guest Panelist, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawy Topic: Jury Selection. Dayton, Ohio, August 1991.
  • Guest Lecturer, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Topic: Forfeiture and Assets. Cleveland, Ohio, May 1990.
  • Guest Lecturer, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.Topic: Making the Grand Jury Work for Your Client. Sandusky, Ohio, June 1989.
  • Editorial Board, Oakes’ Criminal Practice Letter, 1988.
  • Guest Lecturer, The Cleveland Bar Association, Practice and Procedure Clinic.Topic: Defense Practice in Common Pleas Court. Cleveland, Ohio, January 1985.
  • Chairman, Criminal Law Section, The Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1981 and 1982.
  • Guest Panelist, Cuyahoga County Bar Association, Death Penalty Seminar. November 1982.
  • Chairman of Death Penalty Symposium, presented by the Ohio Academy ofTrial Lawyers and Office of the Ohio Public Defender. Columbus, Ohio, November 1981.
  • Guest Speaker, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers. Topic: Fees in Criminal Cases. Columbus, Ohio, February 1981.
  • Guest Speaker, Cleveland State University, “The Law You” (Radio Program), March 1980 and May 1988.
  • Guest Speaker, Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland S University, Criminal Law and Procedure, 1978 and 1980.
  • Guest Lecturer, Cuyahoga County Psychiatric Clinic. Topic: New Insanity Law in Ohio; a Defense Perspective. Cleveland, Ohio, November 1978.
  • Guest Lecturer, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers. Topic: Developments in Criminal Law. Youngstown, Ohio, April 1978.