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Tad A. Devlin has twenty five years of experience handling complex business, commercial and insurance disputes, including class action defense in various industries and business sectors. Mr. Devlin litigates complex labor and employment law matters in arbitration and litigation, including PAGA and class action defense, discrimination and harassment claims. He also provides employers with advice and counsel and conducts workplace investigations.

He handles insurance coverage, bad faith, and monitoring of high exposure claims. Mr. Devlin has conducted examinations under oath, and worked with special investigation units and the California Department of Insurance concerning insurance fraud. He also handles real estate and financial services disputes, and professional liability and disciplinary defense of lawyers, doctors, accountants, insurance agents and brokers, architects and engineers.

Utilizing his criminal law background as a felony prosecutor, he has defended and counseled individuals, officers and directors, and businesses in state and federal government enforcement actions in criminal and civil matters, including RICO, bribery/kickbacks, and privacy violation claims involving allegations of illegal recordings, wiretapping, eavesdropping and hacking.

He also advises clients regarding privacy, data breach, monitoring and surveillance, virtual meetings and related media securitization, risk management and best practices related to HIPAA, financial data privacy, insurance privacy, electronic fraud, cyber identity theft, and hacking.

Mr. Devlin has assisted clients in litigation related to California’s Proposition 65, including advice, counsel and defense of manufacturers, suppliers and distributors, and large utility vendors in the electricity sector, as well as false advertising and labeling claims, and those arising under the Unfair Business Practices Act.

Mr. Devlin has extensive business law experience including acting in the role of outside general counsel for large and small companies. He has handled all aspects of contract law, corporate legal work, and transactions in various established and emerging industries.


  • California
  • U.S. District Court
    • Eastern District of California
    • Northern District of California
    • Central District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals
    • Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court
    • Northern District of California


  • Pacific McGeorge School of Law – J.D.
    • with honors
  • University of California, Davis – B.A.

Professional Memberships

  • The Bar Association of San Francisco, Justice and Diversity Center
  • PLUS Journal Editorial Board
  • Insurance Law360 – 2010 Editorial Advisory Board
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Peers – Legal Counsel for the Sharing Economy
  • Property Claims Association of the Pacific

Representative Matters

  • Prevailed on summary judgment in Santa Clara County Superior Court for a major financial institution and its life agents in professional liability dispute concerning complex IRC 412i plan, advice and funding case concerning alleged negligence in providing tax advice, recommendations and financial planning, in which the plaintiffs claimed several millions of dollars in damages.
  • Accomplished favorable settlement of a business dispute concerning claims of business torts, unpaid loans and shareholder dispute as part of a complex asset purchase agreement by a successor company.

Community Service

  • Hannukah Hoops, Advisory Board Member
  • KALW Call a Lawyer Night Fundraiser


Tad Devlin will lay out the current state of the recent amendments to San Francisco’s Short-Term Rental Ordinance (Chapter 41A of the San Francisco Administrative Code, hereinafter “Chapter 41A”), specifically addressing the hosts’ responsibilities and obligations under the code, and what the appeal procedures.

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