Jake Evans is an Atlanta attorney and member of Holland & Knight's Public Policy & Regulation and Litigation and Dispute Resolution Groups. Mr. Evans represents individuals and companies in matters involving complex litigation; government and regulatory services at the local, state and national level; and general business law advice and counsel.
As part of his litigation practice, Mr. Evans focuses on disputes involving breach of contract and fiduciary duties, residential and commercial real estate (including wrongful foreclosures and commercial leases), restrictive covenants, business dissolutions, partnerships and joint ventures, derivative corporate claims, note defaults and workouts, and intellectual property (including patents, copyrights, and trademarks). Mr. Evans has significant first-chair experience and manages all aspects of litigation, from early dismissals and resolutions to verdicts. He recently first-chaired, and tried two high-profile bench trials, winning both.
As part of his government services practice, Mr. Evans represents companies responding to government investigations by state attorney general offices, U.S. attorney offices, and other state and federal agencies. He also represents companies and individuals before Georgia state and local government agencies, including licensing boards, state commissions, and procurement offices. Mr. Evans represents and advises municipalities and counties on many election law issues, and is the only lawyer in Georgia history to successfully contest two elections in the same race. Mr. Evans also represents private entities, municipalities, state agencies, and community boards in federal and state courts, and in response to subpoenas and open records requests.
As part of his financial services practice, Mr. Evans serves as outside counsel to many midsize to large companies, and advises them on general business law issues, including agreement drafting (MSAs, corporate governance documents, and equity agreements) and acquisitions on the buy and sell side. In this role, he has significant experience representing emerging and early-stage companies, where he carefully balances providing sufficient legal protection with ensuring adequate resources are available to push a company's product to market.
In addition to his law practice, Mr. Evans is Chairman of the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (formerly the State Ethics Commission), a quasi-judicial body overseeing the ethical and reporting compliance of candidates for state and local elected office and lobbyists. Three consecutive Georgia State Bar presidents appointed Mr. Evans to bar committees, including the Georgia Civil Indigent Services Task Force, the Georgia Bar Journal Editorial Board and the Professionalism Committee.
Mr. Evans has received numerous honors and awards. He is a 2018 and 2019 Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star honoree, a recognition given to only 2.5 percent of Georgia lawyers, and was recognized by Georgia Trend magazine in its 2018 and 2019 Legal Elite list for the best lawyers in Georgia in the areas of Business Law and General Practice/Trial Law. The ALM Daily Report named him one of 20 Georgia attorneys in its On the Rise Class of 2018, attorneys expected to go far in their fields. James Magazine recognized Mr. Evans as one of Georgia's Most Influential Politically-Connected Attorneys in 2018 and 2019.
In addition, Mr. Evans is an honoree in the 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle's 40 Under 40 Class, an honoree in Outstanding Atlanta's 2018 Class, a graduate of the 2018 LEAD Atlanta Class, a graduate in the Republican Leadership for Georgia's 2019 Class, a graduate of the 2017 Leadership Buckhead Class, a graduate of the 2014 State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Leadership Academy, and he has been inducted into both the Lumpkin Inn of Court and the Lamar Inn of Court as a barrister.
Mr. Evans is the current president of the Atlanta Young Republicans (AYR), the largest YR organization in the country. From 2015 to 2017, he was chairman of the YLD Litigation Committee, the Georgia bar's largest YLD committee. He received multiple awards for his work in these roles, including the Georgia Young Republicans' (GYR) 2018 Man of the Year, the YLD's 2017 Award of Achievement, and the YLD's 2017 Winter Star of the Quarter. Under Mr. Evans' leadership, AYR won the 2018 National Large Chapter of the Year, the 2018 Georgia Chapter of the Year, and the 2018 and 2019 Event of the Year.
Mr. Evans frequently writes and speaks on legal and political issues, and he has appeared on many radio and television broadcasts, including CNN, NPR, PBS, CBS46, 106.7 FM, ABC's Channel 2, and Fox 5.
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