Terrance J. Evans is a partner in the Trial Practice Group of Duane Morris in San Francisco. He concentrates his practice in representing the financial services industry, which includes international, national and community banks; loan service companies; and insurance companies. During his career, Mr. Evans has both recovered and saved clients of the firm tens of millions of dollars in settlements, judgments and extrajudicial procedures. Mr. Evans is also a member of the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
With respect to the insurance industry, Mr. Evans concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation and policy interpretation and analysis. He has represented commercial primary, excess and umbrella insurers in a wide range of multimillion-dollar cases, including declaratory relief, bad faith, rescission, subrogation, indemnity, additional insurance, interpleader and reformation actions. Mr. Evans has served as national coordinating counsel and monitoring counsel for insurance companies evaluating multi-jurisdictional claims where the exposure was estimated in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Mr. Evans has extensively advised commercial insurers and policy holders regarding primary, excess and additional insurance obligations in jurisdictions around the United States. His experience includes analyzing and advising clients regarding claims related to the construction industry, automobile industry, homeowners associations, real estate agents, accountants, enrolled agents, attorneys, ministers, international religious organizations, intellectual property, trademarks, mobile home parks, international imports and exports, interstate commerce, livestock, retail chains, wineries, cemeteries and other commercial establishments. He has also advised insurers regarding issues related to national security and the U.S. military.
In relation to the banking industry, Mr. Evans has represented international, national and community banks and loan service companies in consumer lending litigation, complex commercial litigation and various secured transactions, including commercial and residential nonjudicial foreclosures; unified foreclosures; judicial foreclosures; creditors' rights issues, which includes obtaining relief from stay in various bankruptcy courts; mechanics' lien lawsuits; stop notice claims; abatement issues; priority contests; RESPA claims; forbearance agreements; municipality disputes; transfer tax disputes; property tax disputes; short sales; loan purchase and sale agreements; predatory lending claims; discriminatory lending claims; Fair Debt Collection Practices Act claims; and many other issues.
Mr. Evans has negotiated settlements in dozens of multimillion-dollar cases, litigated in more than ten states, and has participated in more than 100 mediations, mandatory settlement conferences, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution for matters in both federal and state courts. Mr. Evans has also successfully represented clients in appellate matters, including matters before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Evans has spoken at insurance coverage seminars, business development workshops, and diversity conferences around the country. Additionally, he has been very involved in the firm's pro bono efforts.
Mr. Evans has been recognized both locally and nationally for his professional accomplishments. In 2012, he was appointed as co-chair of the American Bar Association's Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee. In 2010 and 2008, Mr. Evans was honored by the American Business Trial Lawyers of Northern California for his dedication and professionalism. In addition, he was named one of the top 100 minority associates in the United States for 2007 by the Stakeholder Organization. Mr. Evans has also received special honors from the NAACP, the Congressional Black Caucus, the 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, the Young Black Scholars Program, the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, the American Legion and many other organizations.
Mr. Evans graduated from Cornell University, where he made multiple appearances on the Dean's List, and was a Cornell Tradition Fellow. He also graduated from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles with recognition, and he was ranked as the Third Best Oral Advocate in the United States at the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition.
•Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2011-present
- Associate, 2006-2010
•Hancock Rothert & Bunshoft LLP
Honors & Awards
•Named by Super Lawyers Magazine as a Northern California Rising Star, 2012-2015
•Named one of the Top 100 Minority Associates in the United States for 2007 by the Stakeholder Organization
•3rd Best Oral Advocate Frederick Douglass National Moot Court Competition
•Who's Who American Law Students
•Semifinalist Frederick Douglass Western Regional Moot Court Competition
•Winner of the Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles Annual Essay Competition
•Cornell University Tradition Fellowship
•Congressional Black Caucus Scholarship
Selected Speaking Engagements
•Moderator, Examining Opening Statement Strategies for Plaintiffs and Defense Attorneys, 2015 Annual Meeting of The State Bar of California, Anaheim, California, October 8, 2015
•Speaker, Young Lawyer Track-Mediation Boot Camp 101: Preparing Your Coverage Case for Resolution, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar, March 7, 2014
•Speaker, How to Make Partner During Uncertain Economic Times, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, San Francisco, June 25, 2012
•Speaker, Please Excuse the Delay: The Consequences of Untimely Notice, Slow Investigation, and the Failure to Communicate American Bar Association's Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar, Tucson, Arizona, March 2, 2012
•Mr. Evans is a frequent guest speaker for the Young Black Scholars Program, the 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, and the NAACP.
•Keynote Speaker, Celebrate the Excellence Within, 26th Annual Young Black Scholars Celebration of Achievement, Los Angeles, June 3, 2012
•Speaker, Advanced Issues in Foreclosure, National Business Institute Seminar, Oakland, California, July 14, 2011
•Speaker, Diversity Issues in the Workplace, Philadelphia, May 2009
•Moderator, Businesses in the Courtroom: Getting Your Message Across! panel discussion, Association of Business Trial Lawyers' 2008 Annual Seminar, Kauai, Hawaii, September 24-26, 2008
•Speaker, Business Development for Minority Lawyers in Corporate Law Firms, Philadelphia, May 2008
• How to Avoid Getting Wacked By The Doctrine of Reasonable Expectations, American Bar Association Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Annual Meeting, Tucson, Arizona, March 1, 2008
•Gave presentation regarding marketing and business development at the Duane Morris National Convention in October 2007
•Co-Presenter, Analyzing Claims for Bodily Injury, Property Damage, Personal Injury, and Advertising Injury Under Primary and Excess Liability Policies, San Francisco, California, December 15, 2005
•Spoke at Duane Morris' First Annual Diversity Retreat in May 2007
•Co-author, Please Excuse the Delay: The Consequences of Untimely Notice, Slow Investigation, and the Failure to Communicate, chapter in the American Bar Association's annual Insurance Coverage Book, March 2012
•Author, A Review of Complicated Priority Disputes and Lien Issues Under California Law, chapter in Advanced Issues in Foreclosure, National Business Institute, 2011
•Author, Complex Commercial Foreclosure Issues: A Review of California Foreclosure Law Regarding Possession and Receivership, chapter in Advanced Issues in Foreclosure, National Business Institute, 2011 (Also at Los Angeles and San Diego Offices)