SAN FRANCISCO, June 17, 2016—Duane Morris partner Terrance J. Evans of the firm’s San Francisco office has been named by the National Bar Association (NBA) as one of its “40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates” for 2016. The awards recognize the top lawyers under age 40 in the United States who exemplify a broad range of high achievement in the law, including in advocacy, innovation, vision, leadership and overall legal and community involvement. Recipients were chosen by a panel that included former NBA presidents and other key individuals. Evans and the other new members will be honored at the National Bar Association’s 40 Under 40 Awards Gala on July 18, 2016, during its 91st Annual Convention in St. Louis.
Evans represents clients in complex commercial litigation in the areas of commercial banking, real estate and insurance coverage. He has successfully handled numerous multimillion-dollar cases in federal and state trial and appellate courts throughout California and other jurisdictions. Included among Evans’ victories is a recent defense judgment in Los Angeles County Superior Court for a client in the largest coordinated securities action in California history involving claims in excess of $200 million. He also recently defended a judgment on appeal in a multimillion-dollar case pending before the California Court of Appeal.
Evans has devoted hundreds of billable hours to pro bono service, which has included securing child support payments for children; protecting indigent families from wrongful evictions; fighting for government benefits for disabled citizens; seeking asylum for families facing persecution; and teaching trial advocacy to intercity children.
Among his accomplishments, Evans is a member of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of California, Litigation Section; Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Diversity Subcommittee for the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (ICLC); 2016 co-chair of the ICLC Annual Seminar; and the past chair of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers Leadership Development Committee of Northern California.
Evans has been honored by many organizations, including the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity; NAACP; Congressional Black Caucus; 100 Black Men of Los Angeles; Young Black Scholars Program; American Legion; and many others. He is co-chair of the Duane Morris San Francisco Diversity and Inclusion Committee and serves as the West Coast Vice Chair of the firm’s Banking Practice Group.
Evans is a graduate of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, with recognition. He also graduated from Cornell University, where he was a Cornell Tradition Fellow.
About the National Bar Association
The National Bar Association was founded in 1925 and is the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges. It represents the interests of more than 60,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students. The NBA is organized around 23 substantive law sections, nine divisions, 12 regions and 80 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world. For more information, please visit: www.nationalbar.org.
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