Booker T. Evans Jr., a prominent white collar criminal defense attorney and commercial litigator with more than 25 years of experience defending multimillion-dollar cases for businesses and individuals, has joined Ballard Spahr as a partner in Phoenix, firm Chair Mark Stewart announced today. Evans was Chief Deputy District Attorney in Las Vegas and an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Nevada and Arizona before entering private practice. He currently serves as Judge Pro Tem for the Maricopa County Superior Court.
“Booker’s standing as a trial lawyer, a bar and community leader, and an advocate for diversity in the profession means that he will fit in beautifully at Ballard,” Stewart said. “He shares our commitment to legal excellence and our values. We are absolutely delighted to have him.”
Evans has broad civil and criminal trial experience and handles post-conviction matters involving the federal courts and their sentencing guidelines. He is well-known for his work in white collar criminal defense, RICO cases, product liability, insurance matters and health law. He also has tried cases involving tax evasion, disputes over real estate holdings, copyright and trademark infringement, criminal bankruptcy fraud, and civil forfeiture. Evans is co-chair for the 2015 Arizona State Bar Convention and is the co-founder of the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association. He is licensed to practice in Arizona and Nevada. Ballard Spahr has offices in both Phoenix and Las Vegas.
“Booker is a highly respected litigator in Phoenix,” said Stephen M. Savage, managing partner for Ballard Spahr’s Phoenix office. “In addition to being the quintessential gentleman, he has the level of skill and experience to handle our largest and most complex litigation matters. He’s a terrific fit for the office and the firm.”
Evans’ arrival adds depth to Ballard Spahr’s national litigation and trial teams. The firm’s litigators are prepared to take the largest and most complex cases to trial, as plaintiff’s or defense counsel. They are located in every one of the firm’s 14 offices, and try cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. Members of its White Collar Defense/Internal Investigations Group conduct internal investigations and represent clients facing government enforcement actions. The firm has represented public figures, political leaders, and Fortune 500 corporations and executives in a range of high-stakes criminal and civil matters.