Lynne E. Evans is a trial lawyer and counselor with significant experience representing financial institutions, corporate and government entities and individual clients in matters in federal and state courts throughout the United States.
Her areas of practice include complex commercial litigation, matters involving breach of contract, negligence, fraud, RICO, breach of fiduciary duties, consumer class actions and internal and government investigations. Ms. Evans also handles a wide variety of banking-related matters, including claims involving bank regulations, the Uniform Commercial Code, NACHA rules, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Electronic Fund Transfer Act, Truth in Lending Act and Bank Secrecy laws.
Ms. Evans represents clients at all phases of litigation, including pre-litigation counseling and investigation, motion practice, requests for injunctive relief, discovery, trial and appeal, and at mediation and arbitration. She also frequently advises clients in assessing business transactions and strategies designed to avoid litigation and manage risk.
Ms. Evans chairs the firm’s Philadelphia office Inclusion Committee, and serves on the Philadelphia office Recruitment and Retention Committee. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Ms. Evans is a 2012 cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University.
Areas of Practice
- Commercial Litigation
- Class Action Litigation
- Corporate Governance
Won dismissal with prejudice in federal court on behalf of a major bank client in an action alleging breach of a construction loan agreement, state statutory violation and common law claims.
Won dismissal with prejudice in federal court on behalf of a debt collector of putative class action, alleging violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act based on efforts to collect a time barred debt.
Defended national bank in federal putative class action alleging FCRA violation following bankruptcy discharge.
- Defended national bank in putative class action alleging claims based on state and common law privacy laws.
Represented a trustee of mortgage backed securities in a jury trial on a mortgage loan default claim and defense of a RICO counterclaim, successfully settling case during trial.
Won motion for summary judgment in putative class action concerning alleged violation of UCC and consumer protection laws governing repossession notices.
Seconded at one of ten largest nationally chartered banks, managing extensive portfolio of retail bank and credit card litigation.
- Manage attorney teams throughout the United States and litigation portfolios for large bank clients in matters involving retail bank claims, including disputes over account documentation and transactions, financial instruments, liens, statutory and common law claims.
Manage attorney teams throughout the United States and portfolio involving credit card litigation, including cases raising consumer protection statutes and common law claims.
Won dismissal in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey for a major bank facing claims of violations of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and negligence arising out of an account opened in similar name by former employee of plaintiff.
Won summary judgment for a major bank in the Superior Court of New Jersey, in an action in which plaintiff alleged multimillion-dollar claims for breach of contract, implied covenant, and promissory estoppel over the bank's termination of a commercial lease, where Court found both factual and legal bases warranted dismissal with prejudice of all claims.
Won dismissal, for a major bank, of a commercial lease dispute in Bergen County, New Jersey Court which granted the extraordinary sanction of dismissal because of plaintiff’s discovery violations.
Won partial motion for summary judgment reducing recoverable damages by over $3 million, after which plaintiff voluntarily dismissed matter against insurance broker for claims based on program administration.
Served as national litigation counsel to company specializing in document management systems and services in commercial contract disputes, frequently involving third party claims for indemnification.
Represented osteopaths in a nationwide antitrust class action, resolved with an injunction against the unlawful tying arrangement and benefits to osteopathic physicians valued around $84 million.
Represented major retailer in successfully resolving putative class action alleging violations of the TCPA.
Represented major bank in putative class action alleging federal and state credit reporting claims.
Represented through class administration major bank in action concerning mortgage discharge recording.
Represented former officer and director of publicly traded company in high-profile SEC investigation that resulted in the SEC issuing a "no action" letter to conclude its multi-year inquiry.
Obtained on behalf of the Graham Company, a commercial insurance broker, a settlement in which the company received $1.1 million and a consent injunction barring a former employee from soliciting clients and most prospects for two years.
Represented physician in medical malpractice action, assisting in pretrial and trial preparation, including successful motion in limine to exclude plaintiff's expert from testifying for lack of qualifications under MCARE Act.
Prepared successful motion in limine that reduced recoverable damages by millions in medical malpractice matter, leading to prompt settlement that the client found favorable.
Represent client in application to obtain guardianship of adult, intellectually disabled son.
- Represented pro bono client in successful naturalization application and interview process, resulting in extension of citizenship to client.
- Represent pro bono client in application to obtain clemency pardon after client served 21 years in prison for conviction based solely on false confession.
- Represented through trial prisoner in pro bono civil rights action alleging prison official was deliberately indifferent to the failure to provide necessary medical treatment and continued mistreatment.
- Assisted in preparing amicus brief submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which resulted in obtaining a precedential decision, affirming the dismissal of a RICO claim and establishing that property owners do not violate the Immigration and Naturalization Act by knowingly renting apartments to undocumented aliens. Delrio-Mocci v. Connolly Properties, Inc., 672 F.3d 241 (3d Cir. 2012).
- New Jersey
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2012
- Senior Editor, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law
- Duke University, A.B., magna cum laude, 2008
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2021-present
- Associate, 2012-2020
Honors and Awards
- Named to Best Lawyers "Ones to Watch," 2021
Listed in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2017-2020
- Part of the Duane Morris team awarded the first TD Bank "U.S. Legal Champion" Award
Selected Speaking Engagements
Speaker, "Fraud on Your Finance Department – Risks, Rules and Recommendations for Preventing Bank Account Frauds," Association of Corporate Counsel – Greater Philadelphia’s 11th Annual In-House Counsel Conference, Philadelphia, April 24, 2019
- Speaker, "Retail Fraud: Costs, Claims and Other Considerations" - overview of sources of retail fraud affecting banks and related business impacts, Mar. 31, 2017
- Speaker, "Why Inclusion Matters" - considerations on diversity and inclusion in the workplace, Feb. 22, 2017
- Speaker, "An In-House Counsel Perspective" - recommendations on working with in-house law departments, Feb. 10, 2017
- Speaker, "Know Your Customer" - requirements for Bank Secrecy Act / Anti-Money Laundering compliance programs, Mar. 16, 2016
- Speaker, "Maintaining the Privilege: Practice Issues and Real-World Examples" - privilege considerations for in-house counsel, Feb. 11, 2015; Mar. 11, 2016