J. Devlan Geddes

Education:

University of Oregon, J.D., 2001, Order of the Coif; Editor-in-Chief, Oregon Law Review
Montana State University, B.S., 1997

Biography

Devlan grew up in Junction City, Oregon. He moved to Montana in 1992 to attend Montana State University and play football for the Fighting Bobcats football team. Devlan was a four year starter at defensive end for the Bobcats and earned All-Big Sky Honors and All-American Honors for his athletic and academic achievements. Devlan graduated from Montana State University with a unique degree combining Justice Studies and Physics.

Devlan attended law school at the University of Oregon in Eugene. He graduated in the top 10% of his law school class and was elected the Editor-in-Chief of the Oregon Law Review.

After law school, Devlan started his legal career at Preston, Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates) in Seattle, Washington. Devlan’s practice in Seattle focused primarily on intellectual property and commercial litigation.

In 2002, Devlan returned to Bozeman to join Goetz, Baldwin & Geddes P.C.. Devlan quickly developed a broad based practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex litigation matters. He has represented litigants in matters ranging from anti-trust violations, natural gas royalty disputes, class actions, personal injury claims, property disputes, and securities violations. Devlan is also leading the charge in Montana to preserve access to public land, rivers, and lakes through his representation of Public Lands/Water Access Association, Inc.

Devlan is a member of the American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, and the Montana Trial Lawyers association. Devlan is a member of Board of Directors of the Montana Justice Foundation, which is a charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting equal access to justice for all Montanans.

Devlan is licensed to practice in Montana and Washington.

Devlan is married and has three children.

REPRESENTATIVE TRIAL EXPERIENCE:

Lane v. Greco, Montana Fourteenth Judicial District Court, jury trial, Judge John Warner. Constructive fraud/partnership case.

Lee v. Steeler, Inc., Montana Twentieth Judicial District Court, jury trial, Judge C. B. McNeil. Construction contract/fraud case.

Burns v. Mackinder, et al., Montana Sixth Judicial District Court, judge trial, Judge Gary L. Day. Public road easement case.

Montana Land and Mineral Owners Association, Inc., et al. v. Devon Energy Corporation, et al., United States District Court, Helena Division, Magistrate Judge Keith Strong. Class action regarding natural gas royalties.

Mosely, et al. v. American Express Financial Advisors, Inc., Montana Eighteenth Judicial District Court, jury trial, Judge John Brown. Securities fraud case.

Healy, et al. v. St. James Healthcare, et al., Montana Second Judicial District Court, jury trial, Judge Ray J. Dayton. Anti-trust/unlawful restraint of trade case.

Montana Cannabis Industry Association, et al. v. State of Montana, Montana First Judicial District Court, preliminary injunction, Judge James P. Reynolds. Constitutional challenge of SB 423.

In re: Securities of America, et al., Montana Securities Commissioner Contested Case Hearing, Hearing Examiner Michael J. Riley. Defense of Securities Commissioner fraud and suitability claims.

Museum of the Rockies, Inc. v. Ameya Preserve, Inc., Montana Eighteenth Judicial District Court, jury trial, Judge Michael Salvagni. Breach of contract, fraud, and piercing the corporate veil.

Paradise, et al. v. Intercity Radiology, P.C., et al, Montana Eighteenth Judicial District Court, Judge John J. Brown. Wrongful termination and breach of fiduciary duty case.

REPRESENTATIVE APPELLATE CASES:

Public Lands Access Association v. Jones, 2004 MT 394, 325 Mont. 236, 104 P.3d 496, (2004), public road easement.

Burns v. Mackinder, 332 Mont. 547, 138 P.3d 426, 2006 WL 1454801, public road easement.

Benefis Healthcare v. Great Falls Clinic, LLP, 2006 MT 254, 334 Mont. 86, 146 P.3d 714 (2006), emergency appeal regarding denial of preliminary injunction.

Corporate Air, et al. v. Edwards Jet Center, 2008 MT 283, 345 Mont. 336, 109 P.3d 1111 (2008), breach of contract and fraud.

Public Lands Access Association v. Jones, 2008 MT 12, 341 Mont. 111, 176 P.3d 1005, (2008) (“Jones II”), public road easement.

Mosley, et al v. American Express Financial Advisors, Inc., 2010 MT 78, 356 Mont 27, 230 P.3d 479 (2010), securities fraud.

Public Lands Access Association v. Board of County Commissioners of Madison County, 2014 MT 10, 373 Mont. 277, 321 P.3d 38. public road easement and stream access law.

Public Lands/Water Access Association, Inc. v. Jones, Montana Ninth Judicial District Court, jury trial, Judge Robert Olson. Intentional interference, public nuisance, and punitive damages.