William Evans is a litigator and trial attorney who represents clients in a variety of civil matters, both in and out of court.
What do you focus on?
I focus on helping clients to find solutions and protect their rights in difficult situations. I regularly advise on and litigate matters involving contract disputes, business torts (such as breach of fiduciary duty and fraud), creditor’s rights (including adversary proceedings in bankruptcy), government contracts, insurance coverage, commercial lending, real estate and title disputes.
I have litigated in state, federal and bankruptcy courts, and I have experience with both jury and bench trials, appellate proceedings and various forms of alternative dispute resolution (including mediation and arbitration). I have first and second chaired multiple trials, and I handle all aspects of the litigation process, including drafting and arguing motions, taking and defending depositions, drafting and responding to discovery requests, drafting and responding to complaints and drafting appellate briefs.
What do you see on the horizon?
With the rising cost of arbitration and general dissatisfaction with the process itself, I see a shift back toward traditional litigation in preferred forums in contexts where cost and expedient resolution have been the primary motivators for selecting arbitration.
- Represented a national bank in defending an appeal to state supreme court of trial court’s award of attorney’s fees. Env't Specialist, Inc. v. Wells Fargo Bank Nw., N.A., 291 Va. 111, 782 S.E.2d 147 (2016)
- Represented an insurer in successfully defending an appeal on an issue of first impression in state supreme court. REVI, LLC v. Chicago Title Ins. Co., 290 Va. 203, 776 S.E.2d 808 (2015)
- Represented an individual partner seeking share of profits from partnership engaged in government contracting. Sahraeyan v. Shahkarami, 88 Va. Cir. 413 (2014)
- Represented an investment bank in recovering its fees owed in connection with transaction and obtained judgment including attorney’s fees. Seale & Associates, Inc. v. Ingersoll-Rand Co., 2016 WL 4435083 (E.D. Va. Aug. 16, 2016)
- Represented a national bank in enforcing its rights in, and ultimately recovering, collateral securing a commercial loan after the borrower went into bankruptcy
- Represented a regional bank in defending a variety of contract and tort claims brought by borrowers in relation to a commercial loan
- Represented a local business in pursuing claims under state law and ERISA against former corporate officers that resulted in a favorable settlement
- Represented a government contractor in pursuing contract claims in binding arbitration that resulted in a favorable settlement
- Represented NGO in pursuing a former officer on a variety of claims related to his actions as an officer and his employment agreement that resulted in a favorable settlement
- Represented a university and its trustees in removing and obtaining judgment against an employee who had violated contractual and fiduciary duties to the university
- Represented small-business owners accused of misconduct by other owner and negotiated their departure from the company without litigation
- Represented a local business in settling a personal injury lawsuit and obtained substantial settlement contributions from an insurance company that repeatedly denied coverage and a property management company that also denied responsibility
- “Practitioners Beware: Pitfalls Created by Virginia’s New Business Records Statute,” Virginia Lawyer Magazine (the official publication of the Virginia State Bar), August 2015