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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.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Banking: 30%
    14 years
  2. Foreclosure: 20%
    16 years
  3. Real Estate: 15%
    16 years
  4. Insurance: 15%
    16 years
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



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Duane Morris LLP

One Market Spear Tower Suite 2200
San Francisco, CA, 94105-1127

Duane Morris LLP

Suite 3100
865 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA, 90017-2578



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
2012 Fellow of the Leadership Council On Legal DiversityLeadership Council On Legal Diversity2012
Next Law Firm LeadersLos Angeles Daily Journal2011
RecognitionAmerican Business Trial Lawyers2010
Duane Morris Pro Bono Service AwardDuane Morris2008
RecognitionAmerican Business Trial Lawyers2008
Top 100 Minority Associate in the United StatesStakeholders, Inc.2007
Legal Essay Contest WinnerBlack Women Lawyers of Los Angeles2002
3rd Best Oral AdvocateFrederick Douglass National Moot Court Competition2002
Who's Who American Law StudentsWho's Who American Law Students2002
SemifinalistFrederick Douglass Western Regional Moot Court Competition2002
Cornell University Tradition FellowshipCornell University Tradition Fellowship Program1999
Cornell University Tradition FellowshipCornell University Tradition Fellowship Program1998
Congressional Black Caucus ScholarshipCongressional Black Caucus1998
Congressional Black Caucus ScholarshipCongressional Black Caucus1997
Congressional Black Caucus ScholarshipCongressional Black Caucus1996
Congressional Black Caucus ScholarshipCongressional Black Caucus1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerDuane Morris LLP2011 - Present
AssociateDuane Morris LLP2005 - 2010
AssociateHancock Rothert & Bunshoft2004 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionCo-Chair of the Employment Subcommittee2012 - Present
Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Northern California chapter)Leadership Development Committee2011 - Present
American Business Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1995 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and NevadaMemberN/A
California Association of Black LawyersMemberN/A
Bar Association of San FranciscoMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Duane Morris LLPDuane Morris Partner Terrance J. Evans Named to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity's 2012 Fellows Program2012
National Business Institute SeminarA Review of Complicated Priority Disputes and Lien Issues Under California Law2011
National Business Institute SeminarComplex Commercial Foreclosure Issues: A Review of California Foreclosure Law Regarding Possession and Receivership2011
San Francisco ChronicleHires and Promotions2011
San Francisco ChronicleMovers & Shakers In Business2011
CityBiz List PhiladelphiaDuane Morris Names Nine Attorneys to Partnership2011
Jaffe Legal News ServiceDuane Morris Names Nine Attorneys to Partnership2011
Law.comThe Psychic Rewards of Law Firm Partnership2011
Daily JournalThe Next Law Firm Leaders: 2011 Partner Class2011
Duane Morris AlertsRescission Is The New DJ2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Cornell UniversityGovernment and EconomicsBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Chicago Partnership RetreatMaking Partner At An AmLaw 100 Firm2011
Association of Business Trial Lawyers - LDC MCLE ProgramMediation Strategies For Young lawyers2011
Advance Issues In ForeclosureComplex Commercial Foreclosure Issues: A Review of California Foreclosure Law Regarding Possession and Receivership2011
Advance Issues In ForeclosureA Review of Complicated Priority Disputes and Lien Issues Under California Law2011
Duane Morris Annual MeetingBusiness Development At An AmLaw 100 Firm2010
Duane Morris 4th Annual Diversity RetreatDiversity Issues in the Workplace2010
Duane Morris 2nd Annual Diversity RetreatBusiness Development Techniques For Minority Lawyers2008
American Business Trial Lawyers' Annual SeminarEffect Trial Techniques For Lawyers2008