Randy Evans is a partner at Dentons, the largest law firm in the world, where he serves on the DentonsUS Board of Directors. He is a litigator, author, columnist, and expert in complex matters involving high profile / high exposure challenges for clients around the world.
Currently, he serves as the Chairman of the Republican National Lawyers Association, Co-Chairman of the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission and the Georgia RNC Committeeman.
Previously, he has previously served as the outside Counsel to the Speakers of the 104th-109th Congresses of the United States; on the Georgia Bar Association Board of Governors and Georgia State Election Board (2001-2011); and as the Chairman of the Georgia Bar Association Torts and Insurance Section, Chairman of the Georgia Suicide Prevention Task Force, Chairman of the Georgia Indigent Services Task Force, a Special Master (Georgia Supreme Court – 1999-2004), and as a Special Attorney General, State of Georgia (Executive Order – July 3, 2007).
Randy Evans has been recognized with numerous awards and recognitions including: Best Lawyers in America; Super Lawyers; Who's Who in America; Corporate International Complex Litigator of the Year; Legal Legend (Georgia); Top Lawyers in Georgia; Top Lawyers in Washington, D.C & Baltimore; Republican National Lawyer of the Year; Georgia's Most Influential Attorneys, and Georgia's Top Lawyers for Legal Leader, Martindale-Hubbell Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards, Legal Elite - Most Innovative Litigator – Georgia, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Wall Street Journal, The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel and The National Law Journal Profiled Georgia's Top Rated Lawyers And AV Preeminent® attorneys in Georgia, Marquis Who's Who®, American’s Registry America’s Most Honored Professionals, Who's Who in America® 70th Platinum Anniversary Edition, ALM Legal Leaders: Washington D.C. and Baltimore's Top Rated Lawyers, AV Top Rated Lawyers Baltimore, M&A Award Winner: ‘Best for Complex Litigation – Georgia', Corporate America: Legal Elite Awards, Benchmark Judges: TOP US Litigators, Most Influential Georgians and Who's Who in Science and Engineering® 2016-2017 (12th Edition). He was in the Leadership Atlanta (1994-1995) class;
Randy Evans authors and co-authors bi-weekly professional liability articles in the Daily Report (Georgia); weekly professional articles in the Recorder (California); bi-weekly professional liabilty articles in the Daily Journal (California); monthly professional liability articles in sister papers in Florida and Texas. The articles also regularly appear in the National Law Journal and other legal publications around the country. In addition, the Atlanta Business Chronicle publishes a bi-weekly news analysis by Randy Evans called "The Evans Report" which is then republished in various other publications.
In additions, his books include: C. Carroll, J. Evans, L. Patton, J. Zimolzak, Climate Change and Insurance (American Bar Association 1st Ed. 2012); S. Klevens, J. Evans, & A. Clair, The Lawyer’s Handbook (ALM Media 2nd Ed. 2014); J. Evans, J. Berry & R. Besaw, Appraisal in Property Damage Insurance Disputes, Process, Law, and Strategy (West 1st Ed. 2014); Insurance Coverage for Intellectual S. Berry, J. Evans, C. Lyle, T. Trotta & K. Guinn, Property, Personal and Advertising Injury, Media and Cyber Claims (LexisNexis 1st Ed. 2016); J. Evans & S. Klevens, Georgia Legal Malpractice Law (ALM Media 1st Ed. 2011, 2nd Ed.2013, 3rd Ed. 2014); J. Evans, S. Klevens & S. Badawi, California Legal Malpractice Law (ALM Media 1st Ed. 2014); J. Evans & J. Berry, Georgia Property and Liability Insurance Law (West 2 Ed. 2013); J. Evans & J. Berry, Georgia General Liability Insurance (Bold Publishing 1st Ed. 2010); J. Evans, Practical Guide To Legal Malpractice Prevention (ICLE 8th Ed. 2000).
Randy Evans has lectured extensively across the United States on topics ranging from attorney malpractice prevention to climate change and insurance. To date, he has given over 100 seminars to over 100,000 attorneys. This includes seminars for the ABA, various bar associations, Fortune 500 companies, insurers, and individual law firms.
Randy Evans has argued numerous cases in the appellate courts around the United States including: Northside Hospital, Inc. Et Al. v. E. Kendrick Smith, (Ga. Ct. of Appeal 2015, ruling pending); Expedia, Inc. v. Steadfast Ins. Co., 180 Wash. 2d 793 (Wash. 2014); General Assur. of America, Inc. v. Overby-Seawell Co., 533 Fed. Appx. 200, 2013 WL 3722347 12-2244 (4th Cir. 2013); Anderson v. Jones, 323 Ga. App. 311 (2013); Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Com'n v. State Mut. Ins. Co., 321 Ga. App. 480 (Ga. App. 2013); Royal Capital Development, LLC v. Maryland Cas. Co., 688 F.3d 1285 (2012); Royal Capital Development LLC v. Maryland Cas. Co., 291 Ga. 262 (Ga. 2012); Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2010) (amicus brief for the Office of the Speaker), Ernie Haire Ford, Inc. v. Universal Underwriters Ins. Co., 331 Fed. Appx. 640 (11th Cir. 2009); Superior Const.Co., v. Inc. v. Brock, 445 F.3d 1334 (2006); Chomat v. Northern Ins. Co. of New York, 919 So.2d 535 (3rd DCA Fla. App. 2006); Northern Ins. Co. of New York v. Seitlin & Co., 919 So.2d 534 (3rd DCA Fla. App. 2006); Illinois Union Ins. Co. v. Shefchuk, 108 Fed. Appx. 294, 2004 WL 1858705 02-3767 (6th Cir. 2004); Lewis v. Cigna Ins. Co., 234 F.3d 1262 (2000); In re Pintlar, 205 B.R. 945 (D. Idaho 1997); Inapro, Inc. v. Alex Hofrichter, P.A., 665 So.2d 279 (3rd DCA Fla. App. 1995); Matter of Zale, 62 F.3d 746 (5th Cir. 1995); Home v. Bowers, 39 F.3d 1177 (4th Cir. 1994); Glass v. Carnes, 260 Ga. 627 (1990); Tuzman v. Leventhal, 174 Ga. App. 297 (1989)
Randy Evans graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Summa Cum Laude from West Georgia College in 1980 where he was President of the Student Government and a national debate champion. He graduated with a Juris Doctor degree, Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1983. He served as the Managing Editor of the Georgia Law Review, the National Moot Court Team (3rd in the Nation), the National Mock Trial Team (Top ten in the nation). He was Order of the Barristers.
Randy Evans' bar admissions include: United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals for the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits, United States District Courts for the Northern District of Georgia, Middle District of Georgia, Eastern District of Michigan, and, District of Columbia; Georgia Superior And State Courts, Georgia Court of Appeals, Georgia Supreme Court; and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Randy Evans has been admitted pro hac vice admissions around the United States including:
Supreme Court: Supreme Court of Florida, Tallahassee, FL; Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of NY, NY; Supreme Court of Appeals Kanawha County, WV; Supreme Court of the State of Washington.
Court of Appeals: Court of Appeals of California, Third Appellate District, CA; Court of Appeals of the State of Washington, WA; Commonwealth of Kentucky Court of Appeals (Franklin), KY; United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (Certificate of Admittance), MA; U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, OH.
District Court: Chancery Court for Davidson County, Tennessee, Twentieth Judicial District, at Nashville, TN; Southern District of New York, NY; U.S.D.C. for the Western District of North Carolina; U.S.D.C. Eastern District, PA; U.S.D.C. Southern District of Florida, FL; Federal Ct. U.S.D.C., Middle Dist. (Orlando), FL; District Court of Fourth Judicial Dist. County Of ADA, ID; District Court of Fourth Judicial, ID, in & for the City of ADA, ID; District Court of Travis County, TX; United States District Court, District of Arizona, AZ; United States District Court Of Arizona, AZ; District Court of Travis County, TX; U.S.D.C. Southern District of Florida Miami Division, FL; U.S.D.C. for the District of Maryland, MD; U.S.D.C. Southern District of Florida, Ft. Pierce Division, FL; U.S.D.C. Middle District of Florida, FL; U.S.D.C. Southern District of New York, NY; U.S.D.C. Southern District (West Palm Beach), FL; U.S.D.C. Southern District of Florida Miami Division, FL; U.S.D.C. of South Dakota Western Division, SD; Eastern District, MI, U.S.D.C. Middle District of Tennessee, TN; U.S.D.C. for the Southern District (Miami Division), FL; U.S.D.C. of Northern District of Mississippi, MS; U.S.D.C. Southern District of Georgia, GA; U.S.D.C. for the Northern District of West Virginia, WV; District Court of Dallas County, TX; U.S.D.C .District of South Carolina, SC; District Court Clark County, NV; U.S.D.C. for the District of Colorado, CO; U.S.D.C. Southern Dist. Ft. Lauderdale, FL; U.S.D.C. Middle District of Northern Alabama, AL; U.S.D.C. for the District of New Jersey, NJ; District Court of Smith County, TX; U.S.D.C. Middle District of Florida, FL; U.S.D.C. of Idaho, ID; Federal District Court for the Middle District of Florida, FL; U.S.D.C. for the District of Delaware, DE; U.S.D.C. Southern District of Mississippi, MS; U.S.D.C. Western District, TN; U.S.D.C. Northern Dakota, ND; U.S.D.C. for the Eastern District of Virginia, VA; U.S.D.C. Northern District Ft. Worth, TX; U.S.D.C. Eastern District, PA; U.S.D.C. Northern District of Ohio Eastern Division, OH; U.S.D.C. Southern District, IN; 293rd Judicial District Court of Dimmit County, TX; U.S.D.C. for the District of Kansas; U.S.D.C. for the Central District of California.
Bankruptcy Court: U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Idaho.
State Court: City and County of Honolulu, HI; St. of New Mexico County of Bernalillo Second Judicial, NM; Court of the State of Delaware in and for New Castle County, DE; Superior Court, Marion County, IN; Superior Ct. Chittenden County, VT; Superior Ct. of California, San Diego, CA; Superior Ct. of the State of California County of Orange, CA; Superior Ct. for the County of Maricopa, AZ; Superior Court of Delaware, New Castle County, DE; Common Wealth of Mass., Superior Ct., MA; Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, CA; Superior Court of New Jersey, NJ; Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division, DC; Circuit Court of Cole County, MS; Fairfax County Circuit Court, VA; Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois County, IL; Circuit Court of Colbert County, AL; Circuit Court of Talladega County, Supreme Court, AL; Circuit Court of Colbert County, Alabama, AL; Circuit Court of Morgan County, AL; Circuit Court of 11th Judicial Circuit, Miami Dade County, FL; Circuit Court in and for Pinellas County, FL; Circuit Court of Dane County, WI; Circuit Court Third Judicial Circuit, IL; Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit for Dade County, FL; Circuit Court Thirteenth Judicial Cir., Hillsborough County, FL; Circuit Court of 11th Judicial Circuit, Miami-Dade, FL; Circuit Court, Fourth Judicial Circuit, Duval County, FL; Circuit Court for the 13th Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough County, FL; Circuit Court of Common Pleas, Cuyahoga County, OH; Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, PA; Court of Commons Pleas Florence, SC.
Randy Evans has handled cases involving millions of dollars. Here are some of the significant matters:
- Weirton Steel: insurance coverage/bad faith lawsuit in West Virginia seeking $40+ million, arising out of property damage from mine fires and resulting business interruption; resulted in favorable settlement.
- Lane Cove Tunnel litigation: claims by institutional investors in major infrastructure project (toll road) in Australia, asserting that they invested in reliance on traffic forecaster/insured’s faulty traffic forecast. $160M+ AU in damages/interest claimed. After several weeks of trial, resulting settlement saved tens of millions.
- Cohen Mohr: successfully litigated and resolve $100 million legal malpractice claims pending in the Eastern District of Virginia
- Tropicana: $20+ million claims arising out of collapse of parking deck in Atlantic City, NJ (OCIP policy), resulted in favorable settlement.
- Washington State Dept. of Transportation/Koti Hu: retained post verdict in a claim alleging that defects in road design caused an accident which rendered the plaintiff a quadriplegic. Following trial, the jury delivered the largest personal injury verdict ever rendered in King County, WA ($30M). The resulting settlement saved millions.
- "The Link" litigation: assisting insurers in connection with multibillion dollar claim in Sydney, Australia involving claims against various professionals involved with the construction of a toll road;
Premcor: Delaware coverage action arising out of losses due to oil refinery explosion. Obtained summary judgment on duty to defend and settled remainder of case for a fraction of policy limit.
- Expedia: coverage/bad faith action (Washington State) arising out of denial of coverage for hotel occupancy tax-related claims under Travel Agent Professional Liability policies, with potential exposure of $100M+; resulted in favorable settlement.
- AECOM: ongoing matter involves more claims by institutional investors in major infrastructure project (toll road) in Australia, asserting that they invested in reliance on traffic forecaster/insured’s faulty traffic forecast. $1B+ AU in damages/interest claimed.
- Motiva: ongoing matter involves professional negligence (design defect, etc.) and fraud claims relating to a massive oil refinery expansion project in Port Arthur, Texas. Matter is currently in arbitration with plaintiffs seeking billions.
-Chinese drywall: $1B loss asserted in multidistrict litigation for multiple consolidated class actions alleging a myriad of claims arising out of the use and installation of Chinese Drywall
- Hugely/Naroca: $27m class action by 100 Florida homeowners against builder for construction claims including design errors
- City of Phoenix: $27 million claim arising out of an architect's conceptual and schematic designs of a city's $560 million convention center in Arizona.
- Philadelphia Eagles: Pennsylvania $79 million action relating to coverage for construction defect claims against various insureds arising out of the planning, design and construction of an NFL Football stadium.
- Formosa Plastics: a New Jersey $197 million claim arising out of an explosion at a PVC manufacturing plant located in Illinois in which key issues included scope of damage, proper valuation method, allowed site prep costs for a rebuild at a different location, and betterments in technology.
- Simon Properties: claims involving remediation, restoration and business loss resulting from the largest shopping mall flood loss in history claiming approximately $250 million in alleged damages in Tennessee; seven week jury trial last year; currently on appeal.
- Sidley Austin: claims by investor clients alleging hundreds of millions of dollars against an international law firm arising out of legal opinions it issued on tax shelters deemed non-allowable by the IRS.
- Vinson & Elkins: claims by investor clients alleging hundreds of millions of dollars against an international law firm arising out of legal opinions it issued on tax shelters deemed non-allowable by the IRS.
- Park Indemnity: claims by investor clients alleging hundreds of millions of dollars against an international law firm arising out of legal opinions it issued on tax shelters deemed non-allowable by the IRS.
- Pearl River Community College : claims involving remediation, restoration and business loss Illinois in which key issues included scope of damage, proper valuation method, allowed site prep costs for a rebuild at a different location, and betterments with approximate $40 million in alleged damages in Mississippi
- U.S. Capitol: tried last year case in Florida based on a $20 million claim arising out of the shopping mall
- Tradebe: plant explosion claim (approx.. $20 million claim) of a facility in Tennessee owned by a Spanish Company under an Internationale Programme Agreement issued in Spain.
-Heckman: retained after $284 million jury verdict in Texas; successfully resolved saving tens of millions.