J. Devlan Geddes

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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.

Areas of Practice (15)

  • General Practice
  • Trial Practice
  • Appellate Practice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability
  • Complex Litigation
  • Antitrust
  • Natural Gas
  • Class Actions
  • Property Law
  • Securities Law
  • Public Land Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
406-587-0618  Phone
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 6580, Bozeman, MT 59771-6580
University Attended:
Montana State University, B.S., 1997
Law School Attended:
University of Oregon, J.D., 2001
Year of First Admission:
2001, Washington; 2002, Montana
State Bar of Montana; American Bar Association; Montana Trial Lawyers Association.
Birth Information:
Eugene, Oregon, December 5, 1974
Reported Cases:
Public Lands Access Association v. Jones, 2004 MT 394, 325 Mont. 236, 104 P.3d 496 (2004); Burns v. Mackinder, 332 Mont. 547, 138 P.3d 426, 2006 WL 1454801; Benefis Healthcare v. Great Falls Clinic, LLP, 2006 MT 254, 334 Mont. 86, 146 P.3d 714 (2006); Corporate Air, et al. v. Edwards Jet Center, 2008 MT 283, 345 Mont. 336, 109 P.3d 1111 (2008); Public Lands Access Association v. Jones, 2008 MT 12, 341 Mont. 111, 176 P.3d 1005 (2008); Mosley, et al. v. American Express Financial Advisors, Inc., 2010 MT 78, 356 Mont. 27, 230 P.3d 479 (2010); Brown & Brown of MT, Inc. v. Raty, 372 Mont. 463, 313 P.3d 179 (2013); Public Land/Water Access Ass'n. Inc. v. Jones, 368 Mont. 390, 300 P.3d 675 (2013)

Peer Reviews

Bozeman, Montana