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Blaine H. Evanson is a litigation partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where his practice focuses on complex commercial litigation both in the trial court and on appeal. He is a member of the firm’s Appellate and Constitutional Law, Class Actions, and Intellectual Property practice groups.
Mr. Evanson has represented clients in a wide variety of appellate matters in the Supreme Court of the United States and federal and state appellate courts around the country. He has briefed several dozen appeals in almost every federal court of appeals and many state appellate courts, and he has argued several appeals in the Ninth Circuit and California’s Courts of Appeal. In the trial court, Mr. Evanson has broad commercial litigation experience, particularly with complex motion practice and providing strategic advice to trial counsel preparing for appeal.
In 2018, Law360 named Mr. Evanson one of five national “Rising Stars” under 40 in the area of appellate litigation, and Euromoney named him the “Best in Litigation: Appellate” among its Americas Rising Stars. He has been included in the appellate practice section of The Best Lawyers in America since 2013; Benchmark Litigation has named Mr. Evanson to its national “Under 40 Hot List” since 2016; and he has for several years been listed as one of the “up-and-coming 100 rising stars” in Southern California by the “Superlawyers” edition of Los Angeles magazine.
Recent representative matters include:
Before joining the firm, Mr. Evanson served as a law clerk for Judge A. Raymond Randolph of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He graduated from Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar and a Senior Editor on the Columbia Law Review. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Brigham Young University.
Mr. Evanson has taught advanced constitutional law seminars at the University of California, Irvine and University of Southern California Law Schools, and has lectured and written on a wide variety of subjects (sample list below), including the Supreme Court, class actions, patent law, copyright law, arbitration, punitive damages, appellate procedure, and constitutional law. Mr. Evanson serves as the Chair for the appellate section of the Orange County Bar Association, and on the board of directors of the Orange County Legal Aid Society. He maintains an active pro bono practice, representing clients in cases involving religious liberty, immigration, voting rights, and domestic violence.
Mr. Evanson is a member of the California bar, and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States; the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth, Federal, and D.C. Circuits; and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Central, and Eastern Districts of California.
Columbia University - 2006 Juris Doctor
Brigham Young University - 2003 Bachelor of Science