Tara R. Devine joined Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. in 2004 and became the firm’s first female partner in 2011. In 2018, Tara was promoted to Managing Partner of the firm’s Lake County office. She concentrates her practice in the areas of personal injury, nursing home negligence, wrongful death, medical malpractice and product liability cases.
Tara has helped achieve numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of her clients in personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death suits. In August 2017, she was part of the trial team that obtained a record-setting $148 million jury verdict on behalf of a dancer paralyzed by a collapsed pedestrian shelter at O’Hare International Airport. The verdict is the largest personal injury verdict ever awarded to an individual plaintiff in Illinois history.
Several months later, the City of Chicago appealed the verdict and the case settled for a record-breaking $115 million. In 2016, Ms. Devine obtained an $18.5 million settlement on behalf of a child who suffered a serious brain injury due to a delay in the diagnosis and treatment of meningitis. That same year, Tara obtained a $1.6 million verdict in a wrongful death case, the highest recorded verdict in Stephenson County.
Tara is licensed and practices in Illinois and Wisconsin.
In 2019, she was named to Crain’s Custom Media’s Chicago Gen X Leaders in Law list and 2018 Notable Women Lawyers in Chicago list. She was named to the 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers. In 2018, she received a Trial Lawyer Excellence Award from Law Bulletin Media. In 2016, she received the Lake County Journal’s “Women of Distinction” award. Tara has also been named to Law Bulletin Media’s Leading Lawyers list, an honor given to the top 2% of lawyers in Illinois who are age 40 or younger or have practiced 10 years or less. In 2014, she was named one of Law Bulletin Media’s 40 Illinois Attorneys to Watch Under Forty.
Tara received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois and her law degree from Marquette University. Currently, Tara is an active Marquette alumni member and has previously served as a Committee member for the Annual Chicago Marquette Lawyer Reception.
Additional credentials and distinctions include: serving as a Board Member of the Lake County Bar Association and a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and the Wisconsin State Bar Association. Tara is also involved with the American Association for Justice and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, where she serves on the Board of Managers and has been a guest speaker at the association’s legal seminars.