Terrance J. Evans is a partner in the Trial Practice Group of Duane Morris in San Francisco. He concentrates his practice in representing the financial services industry, which includes international, national and community banks; loan service companies; and insurance companies. During his career, Mr. Evans has both recovered and saved clients of the firm tens of millions of dollars in settlements, judgments and extrajudicial procedures.
With respect to the insurance industry, Mr. Evans concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation and policy interpretation and analysis. He has represented commercial primary, excess and umbrella insurers in a wide range of multimillion-dollar cases, including declaratory relief, bad faith, rescission, subrogation, indemnity, additional insurance, interpleader and reformation actions. Mr. Evans has served as national coordinating counsel and monitoring counsel for insurance companies evaluating multi-jurisdictional claims where the exposure was estimated in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Mr. Evans has extensively advised commercial insurers and policy holders regarding primary, excess and additional insurance obligations in jurisdictions around the United States. His experience includes analyzing and advising clients regarding claims related to the construction industry, automobile industry, homeowners associations, real estate agents, accountants, enrolled agents, attorneys, ministers, international religious organizations, intellectual property, trademarks, mobile home parks, international imports and exports, interstate commerce, livestock, retail chains, wineries, cemeteries and other commercial establishments. He has also advised insurers regarding issues related to national security and the U.S. military.
In relation to the banking industry, Mr. Evans has represented international, national and community banks and loan service companies in complex commercial litigation and various secured transactions, including commercial and residential nonjudicial foreclosures; unified foreclosures; judicial foreclosures; creditor's rights issues, which includes obtaining relief from stay in various bankruptcy courts; mechanics' lien lawsuits; stop notice claims; abatement issues; priority contests; RESPA claims; forbearance agreements; municipality disputes; transfer tax disputes; property tax disputes; short sales; loan purchase and sale agreements; predatory lending claims; discriminatory lending claims; Fair Debt Collection Practices Act claims; and many other issues.
Mr. Evans has negotiated settlements in dozens of multimillion-dollar cases, litigated in more than ten states, and has participated in more than 100 mediations, mandatory settlement conferences, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution for matters in both federal and state courts. Mr. Evans has also successfully represented clients in appellate matters, including matters before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Evans has spoken at insurance coverage seminars, business development workshops, and diversity conferences around the country. Additionally, he has been very involved in the firm's pro bono efforts.
Mr. Evans has been recognized both locally and nationally for his professional accomplishments. In 2010 and 2008, Mr. Evans was honored by the American Business Trial Lawyers of Northern California for his dedication and professionalism. In addition, he was named one of the top 100 minority associates in the United States for 2007 by the Stakeholder Organization. Mr. Evans has also received special honors from the NAACP, the Congressional Black Caucus, the 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, the Young Black Scholars Program, the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, the American Legion and many other organizations.
Mr. Evans graduated from Cornell University, where he made multiple appearances on the Dean's List, and was a Cornell Tradition Fellow. He also graduated from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles with recognition, and he was ranked as the Third Best Oral Advocate in the United States at the Fredrick Douglass Moot Court Competition.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|2012 Fellow of the Leadership Council On Legal Diversity||Leadership Council On Legal Diversity||2012|
|Next Law Firm Leaders||Los Angeles Daily Journal||2011|
|Recognition||American Business Trial Lawyers||2010|
|Recognition||American Business Trial Lawyers||2008|
|Duane Morris Pro Bono Service Award||Duane Morris||2008|
|Top 100 Minority Associate in the United States||Stakeholders, Inc.||2007|
|3rd Best Oral Advocate||Frederick Douglass National Moot Court Competition||2002|
|Who's Who American Law Students||Who's Who American Law Students||2002|
|Semifinalist||Frederick Douglass Western Regional Moot Court Competition||2002|
|Legal Essay Contest Winner||Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles||2002|
|Cornell University Tradition Fellowship||Cornell University Tradition Fellowship Program||1999|
|Cornell University Tradition Fellowship||Cornell University Tradition Fellowship Program||1998|
|Congressional Black Caucus Scholarship||Congressional Black Caucus||1998|
|Congressional Black Caucus Scholarship||Congressional Black Caucus||1997|
|Congressional Black Caucus Scholarship||Congressional Black Caucus||1996|
|Congressional Black Caucus Scholarship||Congressional Black Caucus||1995|
|Partner||Duane Morris LLP||2011 - Present|
|Associate||Duane Morris LLP||2005 - 2010|
|Associate||Hancock Rothert & Bunshoft||2004 - 2005|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association, Litigation Section||Co-Chair of the Employment Subcommittee||2012 - Present|
|Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Northern California chapter)||Leadership Development Committee||2011 - Present|
|American Business Trial Lawyers Association||Member||1995 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada||Member||N/A|
|California Association of Black Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|Bar Association of San Francisco||Member||N/A|
|Duane Morris LLP||Duane Morris Partner Terrance J. Evans Named to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity's 2012 Fellows Program||2012|
|National Business Institute Seminar||A Review of Complicated Priority Disputes and Lien Issues Under California Law||2011|
|National Business Institute Seminar||Complex Commercial Foreclosure Issues: A Review of California Foreclosure Law Regarding Possession and Receivership||2011|
|San Francisco Chronicle||Hires and Promotions||2011|
|San Francisco Chronicle||Movers & Shakers In Business||2011|
|CityBiz List Philadelphia||Duane Morris Names Nine Attorneys to Partnership||2011|
|Jaffe Legal News Service||Duane Morris Names Nine Attorneys to Partnership||2011|
|Law.com||The Psychic Rewards of Law Firm Partnership||2011|
|Daily Journal||The Next Law Firm Leaders: 2011 Partner Class||2011|
|Duane Morris Alerts||Rescission Is The New DJ||2010|
|Loyola University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|Cornell University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|Advance Issues In Foreclosure||A Review of Complicated Priority Disputes and Lien Issues Under California Law||2011|
|Advance Issues In Foreclosure||Complex Commercial Foreclosure Issues: A Review of California Foreclosure Law Regarding Possession and Receivership||2011|
|Chicago Partnership Retreat||Making Partner At An AmLaw 100 Firm||2011|
|Association of Business Trial Lawyers - LDC MCLE Program||Mediation Strategies For Young lawyers||2011|
|Duane Morris 4th Annual Diversity Retreat||Diversity Issues in the Workplace||2010|
|Duane Morris Annual Meeting||Business Development At An AmLaw 100 Firm||2010|
|Duane Morris 2nd Annual Diversity Retreat||Business Development Techniques For Minority Lawyers||2008|
|American Business Trial Lawyers' Annual Seminar||Effect Trial Techniques For Lawyers||2008|