J. Randolph Evans

J. Randolph Evans

Partner - Atlanta
revans@mckennalong.com
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303 Peachtree Street, NE
Suite 5300
Atlanta, GA 30308
TEL: 404.527.8330
FAX: 404.527.4198
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Experience

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Randy Evans handles high profile, complex litigation matters in state and federal courts throughout the United States for some of the largest companies in the world.

In addition, Mr. Evans serves on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia and Chairs the Suicide Prevention Committee and the Task Force for Indigent Services. He served as outside counsel to the Speakers of the 104th-109th Congresses of the United States. He represents former Speakers of the United States House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert and Newt Gingrich, as well as J.C. Watts, former Representative to the United States House of Representatives from Oklahoma. He also represents several current Members and former Members of Congress, as well as elected officials in Georgia.

Mr. Evans is a frequent lecturer and author on the subjects of professional liability and ethics, government ethics and politics. Among numerous articles and publications published, Randy is the co-author of several books, The Practical Guide to Legal Malpractice Prevention (Eighth Ed. 2000), The Practical Guide to Purchasing Legal Malpractice Insurance (Third Ed. 1999), Georgia General Liability Insurance (1st Ed. 2010), Georgia Legal Malpractice Law (1st Ed. 2011 and 2nd Ed. 2013), and Climate Change Insurance (1st Ed. 2012).

Mr. Evans negotiates speaking, broadcast and literary contracts, including three New York Times bestsellers for political clients.  He also advises clients on corporate governance issues.

Mr. Evans was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014 in the field of Legal Malpractice Law.  Atlanta Magazine has recognized him as a “Georgia Super Lawyer” in the area of Business Litigation. JAMES Magazine has recognized Randy as one of Georgia's Most Influential People. He has also been named as one of Washington DC & Baltimore's Top Rated Lawyers.

Corporate Board of Directors

Mr. Evans was chairman of the board of the Newt Gingrich Companies until Gingrich's announcement that he was a candidate for president in 2011.  He is also chairman of the board of the J.C. Watts Companies.

Community/Civic Involvement

He served as Special Master to the Georgia Supreme Court from 1999-2004. He is the longest serving Member of the Georgia Board of Elections having served from 2001-2011. Mr. Evans was former General Counsel to the Georgia Republican Party from 2001-2009. Mr. Evans was a member of the 1994-1995 Leadership Atlanta class. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Republican National Lawyers Association.In 2011, Evans was selected as Republican National Lawyer of the year.

In 2011, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal appointed Evans to co-chair the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC). The JNC recommends candidates for appointment to fill open judgeships in Georgia.

Education

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Publications:

Seminars and Presentations:

  • Presider, "Malpractice Avoidance, Ethics and Professionalism," Georgia Public Broadcasting Studios, March 7, 2014.
  • Speaker, "Update on Georgia Law: Ethics," ICLE, January 27, 2014.
  • Speaker, "Legal Ethics and Malpractice," Georgia Law of Torts CLE, September 27, 2013.
  • Speaker, "Drafting Ethical, Effective Engagement Letters that Reduce Firm Liability and Improve Client Relationships," Center For Competitive Management CLE, July 25, 2013.
  • Panelist, "Ethics and Etiquette in the Workplace and Beyond," Corporate Counsel CLE Program, May 22, 2013.
  • Speaker, "Who is Getting Sued for Legal Malpractice and Why," Professionalism and Ethics Update, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, March 8, 2013.
  • Speaker, "Avoiding Conflicts of Interest: Best Practices," CLE Law Journal Newsletters, March 5, 2013.
  • Speaker, "Climate Change - Current Developments in Coverage Litigation," Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, ABA, February 15, 2013. 
  • Speaker, "I Am Not Your Lawyer...Or Am I? Legal Malpractice," CLE Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, February 14, 2013.
  • Speaker, "Recent Developments in Ethics and Malpractice," CLE Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, November 16, 2012. 
  • Speaker,  "3rd Annual Start-Ups and Early Stage Companies," CLE State Bar of Georgia Headquarters, October 2, 2012. 
  • Speaker, "Professionalism, Ethics and Malpractice," CLE presentation, Kennesaw State University, September 14, 2012. 
  • Speaker, “Emerging Tort Liability Risks:  What’s On the Horizon,” CLE presentation to ACE Group, July 19, 2012 (with Joanne Zimolzak)
  • Speaker, "Climate Change and Insurance: What's Ahead?" Practising Law Institute, July 17, 2012. 
  • Speaker, "Candidate Training Focused on County Elections," Georgia Republican Party 14th Congressional District, May 26, 2012.
  • Speaker, “'One Law For All: The Story of Atlanta Legal Aid' and Who is Getting Sued For Legal Malpractice and Why? 10 Things Every Lawyer Can Do to Reduce the Risk of a Malpractice Claim," Professionalism and Ethics CLE Seminar, (presented with Shari Klevens) March 22, 2012, Atlanta, GA
  • Speaker, "Legal Ethics and Malpractice," Georgia Law of Torts Seminar, Georgia ICLE, (presented with Shari Klevens), March 22, 2012.
  • Program Chair, "Professionalism and Ethics Update," Georgia ICLE, March 9, 2012.
  • Panelist, “Georgia Judges, Journalists, Lawyers and the First Amendment: A Primer on Recurring and Emerging Issues and the Law,” Georgia Bar Media and Judiciary Conference, February 25, 2012.
  • Panelist, BNA's EHS Webinar, "AEP v. Connecticut: The Decision and Its Implications," Wednesday, July 6, 2011.
  • Panelist, BNA's EHS Webinar, "AEP v. Connecticut: Will the U.S. Supreme Court Shape the Future of Climate Change Litigation," Tuesday, April 26, 2011.
  • "Ethics and Malpractice Law for Georgia Lawyers," Professionalism and Ethics CLE Seminar, (presented with Shari Klevens), March 11, 2011, Atlanta, GA.
  • J. Randolph Evans, ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar, “There’s a New Claim in Town: Insurer Liability for Vendor/Consultant Conduct," March 3-5, 2011, Tucson, AZ.
  • Speaker, “The Spiraling, Exploding Bad Faith Case,” ABA Spring 2011 National Legal Malpractice Conference, April 27, 2011, (with Scott Barabash, Diane K. Kanca and William Voorhees, Jr.).
  • J. Randolph Evans, "Professionalism and Ethics Seminar" (March 2009). 
  • Speaker,  "California Coverage Dreaming on a Winter's Day," 17 Annual Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Los Angeles, California, February 26-28, 2009.
  • J. Randolph Evans and Seth F. Kirby, "Garnishment of Stipulated Judgments - Insurance Coverage Law."