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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 2018 “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 for several years included him on its “40 & Under Hot List”; and Super Lawyers named him a 2020 Southern California Super Lawyer. Mr. Evanson is also a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers.
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 Southern California and University of California, Irvine Law Schools, and has lectured and written on a wide variety of subjects (sample list below), including the Supreme Court, class actions, arbitration, copyright law, patent law, punitive damages, appellate procedure, and constitutional law. Mr. Evanson serves on the board of directors of Community Legal Aid SoCal, and previously served as the Chair for the appellate section of the Orange County Bar Association. He oversees the pro bono efforts of the firm’s Orange County office, and maintains an active pro bono practice himself, 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