Evan's complex litigation practice is focused on technology-related litigation and class actions involving intellectual property, commercial contract disputes, along with insurance, trade secret, unfair competition, and other Internet-related litigation.
Evan has spent more than a decade defending putative class actions in California and elsewhere, including consumer products, false advertising, and other product liability claims. The majority of these lawsuits involved claims under California's Unfair Competition Law, California's False Advertising Act, and California's Consumer Legal Remedies Act. He also has extensive experience in insurance coverage and contribution actions.
Securities, Real Estate, & Fraud Litigation
•Obtained dismissal with prejudice of all 13 claims, including fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, and California Corporations Code violations, in a federal securities action against a prominent investment banker.
•Defended a real estate advisor and property management company in a lawsuit by 20 property investors alleging fraud, negligence, California Corporations Code violations, UCL ( 17200), and other claims. Successfully eliminated all but contract claims and obtained early dismissal with prejudice of two defendants.
•Defended a managing broker-dealer of real estate securities in connection with claims arising from sale of investor interests in a California commercial real estate project.
•Represented an owner of landmark multifamily residential real estate property in California in an action involving claims of wrongful foreclosure, slander of title, breach of contract, and UCL ( 17200) violations.
•Obtained a favorable jury verdict in a California federal action involving fraud, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO), and False Claims Act claims in a government-funded transportation construction project.
•Won an appeal and obtained an award of attorneys' fees for appellate work in a real estate contract dispute.
•Defended five defendants in a 10-count action brought by a former president, director, and shareholder of one of the corporate defendants. Most of the claims - including breach of fiduciary duty, RICO, conversion, employment discrimination, and unlawful termination - were dismissed on the pleadings.
•Defended a prominent investment banker in disciplinary proceedings before the National Association of Securities Dealers (now the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
IP, Technology-Related & Other Complex Litigation
•Defended a software modification and customization firm in contract, fraud, and 17200 action involving the design and implementation of an enterprise resource planning software (ERP) system.
•Defended a company providing customized radio frequency identification (RFID) asset tracking technology in an action involving trade secrets and technology issues.
•Represented the owner of famous trademarks in kitchenware industry in parallel federal trademark infringement actions pending in California and New York (along with 17200 and other claims); we briefed and argued successful motion to stay California action.
•Defended a software programming firm in contract disputes concerning a customized e-commerce website and client application.
•Represented a website in a dispute pending simultaneously in federal and state courts over trademark and ownership rights in domain name and website assets.
•Represented numerous clients in disputes over Internet domain names and related trademark issues including compelling transfer of infringing domain names.
•Represented a variety of clients, including wine makers, a ski and snowshoe manufacturer, and a pharmaceuticals company, in trademark disputes including Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings and negotiation of co-existence agreements.
•Defended a Germany-based software manufacturer against contract claims by a US-based distributor and prosecuted counter claims for trademark and copyright infringement in federal court.
•Managed an action by a manufacturer of printed circuit boards against a non-US consumer involving compliance with specifications for plasma TV technology.
•Successfully defended a consumer website company in actions alleging violation of California's Anti-Spam laws.
•Advised a trademark owner in a dispute with a licensee over a breach of license agreement and infringement of marks and proposing a creative resolution.
•Participated in a bench trial on advertising and a First Amendment case against the attorney general.
•Obtained complete dismissal on pleadings in a federal employment discrimination, defamation, and negligence case.
•Counseled and advised an Internet retailer concerning the effects of regulations in all US jurisdictions governing online tobacco sales.
•Counseled an Internet client on trademark and privacy issues surrounding online promotions.
•Won a favorable settlement for an Internet caching service client in an arbitration involving Lanham Act false advertising claims.
•Counsel and advise numerous insurance companies on coverage and defense matters, including serving as panel counsel for a leading technology insurer.
•Defended insurance carriers against claims of bad faith, contribution, and indemnity seeking more than US$200 million involving complex allocation across decades of policies stemming from long-tail product liability claims.
•Prosecuted and defended equitable contribution, indemnity, and subrogation claims on behalf of numerous insurers, including in direct action against insurer, multi-party construction defect cases, and disputes among primary and excess insurers in product liability actions.
•Represented insurance carrier in action against broker for misappropriating premiums and failing to properly account for funds among insurers.
Recognitions & Awards
•Northern California Super Lawyers (2014)
•Northern California Super Lawyers: Rising Star (2009 - 2012)
•Featured in a front-page article of The Recorder in 2009 concerning a successful motion to deny class certification in a nationwide consumer products class action in federal court alleging false advertising and unfair competition ( 17200 and other state analogues)
•Benjamin Franklin Scholar, University of Pennsylvania
•Phi Beta Kappa
• Mintz Levin's Evan Nadel to Speak at Bridgeport Class Action and Litigation Conference, (08.13.2013)
•quoted in Big Retailers May Regret Moving Tracking Suits to Federal Court, Law360 (04.03.2013)
•Featured in Mintz Levin Adds New Office Head, Class Action Atty in SF, Law360 (10.15.2012)
• Mintz Levin Names Paul Churchill to Head Growing San Francisco Office, (10.15.2012)
•Featured in Mintz Levin Tries New Recipe in the Bay Area, The Recorder (10.15.2012)
•Co-author, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Bows to U.S. Supreme Court on Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements, Class Action Alert (08.06.2013)
•Co-author, Recent Class Arbitration Decisions by Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and U.S. Supreme Court in Conflict, Class Action Alert (07.02.2013)
•Co-author, Delta Finds Reprieve in State Court, but Not Everyone Will Get to Fly the Friendly Skies, Privacy & Security Alert (06.03.2013)
•A Setback for Apple in Privacy MDL, Law360 (03.15.2013)
•Co-author, Ninth Circuit Clarifies Extraterritorial Reach of California Antitrust Laws, Antitrust Alert (02.25.2013)
•Co-author, Aryeh V. Canon: Impact on Calif.'s Unfair Competition Law, Law360 (02.15.2013)
•Co-author, California Supreme Court Gives California's Unfair Competition Law More Coverage, Litigation Alert (02.11.2013)
• Speaker, State of the Law - Procedural Update, 2013 Class Action Litigation & Management Conference, Bridgeport Continuing Education, San Francisco, CA (08.22.2013)
• Speaker, Standing, Damages & California's Unfair Competition Law, Privacy Litigation & Management: Strategies for Protection & Litigation, Bridgeport Continuing Education, San Francisco, CA (12.06.2012)