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Charles J Devens

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Location:Danville, Illinois



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Leading Lawyers Selected 2017Chuck Devens has over 30 years of legal experience and concentrates his practice in the areas of workers’ compensation and personal injury. He has represented injured workers and victims of negligence across the State of Illinois, but focuses his practice in Champaign, Vermilion and Iroquois Counties. Chuck Devens has worked closely with local unions and community colleges in conducting seminars for displaced workers across East Central Illinois. He has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in the area of workers’ compensation and is recommended and earned the distinction of being named a Leading Lawyer by being among those who were most often recommended by their peers in statewide surveys. Chuck Devens has lectured on trial preparation and has taught numerous classes on various aspects of the law.

Areas of Practice

  • 45% Workers’ Compensation
  • 45% Personal Injury & Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • 10% General Practice (Real Estate, Wills & Contracts)

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1977


  • University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois
    • J.D. – 1977
  • University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois
    • B.S. cum laude – 1974
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Worker’s Comp for the Worker, 1996
  • Worker’s Comp for the Worker, 2nd Edition, 2000
  • Worker’s Comp for the Worker, 3rd Edition, 2006


  • First Midwest Bank, Danville, Illinois
  • First Farmers Bank & Trust


  • Discovery Depositions, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2002 – 2003
  • Instructor, Law for the Layman Class, Danville Area Community College

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, University of Illinois College of Law, 2007
  • Leading Lawyer: Worker’s Compensation Law, 2002 – Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2002 – Present
  • Vermilion County Bar Association, Past President, 1978 – Present
  • Leading Lawyers Network, Advisory Board Member, 2002 – Present
  • Vermillion County Airport Authority, 1992 – Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Vermilion Co. State’s Attorneys Office, Assistant Prosecutor, 1977 – 1978
  • Marion Co. (Ind.) Prosecutor’s Office, Assistant Prosecutor, 1976 – 1977

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member, YFRC (Formerly YWCA) Board
  • Women’s Shelter Board, Vice President