We Command Respect in Courtrooms Attorney Mark Devore is Widely-Recognized for His Knowledge, Skill, and Integrity

Attorney Mark S. Devore


Mark S. Devore has practiced criminal law exclusively since graduating from law school in 1992. After two years as an associate at a prestigious Palm Beach criminal defense firm, he returned to Southern California in 1995 and joined the Orange County Public Defender’s office where he represented individuals charged with serious crimes in jury trials at all six county branch courts. He then opened his sole practice in 1998, concentrating on criminal trials and appeals.

Widely-recognized for his knowledge, skill, and integrity, Mr. Devore has been highly praised by judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys throughout the nation. Mr. Devore has been appointed by the California Supreme Court, the California Court of Appeal, and the Los Angeles, Orange, Fresno, Contra Costa, and Riverside County Appellate Divisions to represent indigent defendants on appeal. In addition to multiple state and federal jurisdictions, he is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Devore has successfully handled criminal trials and appeals before courts in Los Angeles, Orange, Fresno, Contra Costa, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Ventura counties, as well as throughout Florida. He is well-known for his cross-over knowledge between immigration law and criminal law, and is often retained by non-citizens facing deportation on account of past criminal convictions. Since 2001, Mr. Devore has served as a temporary Superior Court judge in several Orange County courts, presiding over traffic and small claims cases.

Practice Areas

  • Trials - Felonies, Misdemeanors, DUI/DMV
  • Writs and Appeals
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions


  • 1992 – Florida; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida,
  • 1994 – California; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • 1998 - U.S. District Court, Central District of California; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • 2006 – United States Supreme Court


  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California, J.D. 1992.
    • Dean’s Honors List
    • Academic Scholarship Recipient
  • University of California, Los Angeles, California, B.A.1989.
    • Dean’s Honors List
    • Political Science Honor Society
  • National Criminal Defense College, Macon, Georgia 1993
    • Certificate in Trial Advocacy


  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (Board of Governors 2001-2006)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association; Appellate Section, Criminal Justice Section, Immigration law Section
  • Orange County Bar Association, Appellate Law Section
  • Orange County Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • California Appellate Defense Counsel

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