Jan Evans has over 28 years’ experience litigating complex, high stakes disputes. Jan has litigated in federal and state courts across the country in class actions and complex commercial matters. She has participated in the joint strategic defense of multi-venue class actions involving numerous parties, as well as collateral bankruptcy proceedings, and she has appeared before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. Jan has litigated on behalf of institutional investors against leading Wall Street banks in antitrust class actions venued in multidistrict litigation for billions in investment losses. She has advised boards of directors and senior executives of Fortune 500 companies on legal claims and strategies having significant impact on corporate objectives.
Jan was lead attorney in a nationwide gender discrimination class action, a nationwide Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) misclassification class action, and an age discrimination class action. As lead attorney, Jan managed litigation teams ranging between five and 30 attorneys, paralegals, document review teams, and administrative staff in defense and prosecution of complex cases. Jan has also represented companies in defense of individual- and group-initiated employment claims and has litigated non-compete and trade secret matters.
Prior to law school, Jan spent several years on campus teaching courses at Duke University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Jan currently is an adjunct instructor at St. Thomas University School of Law.
Jan gives back to the community serving on nonprofit boards of directors. Jan is on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society, past chair of the board of MoveFwd, past chair of the American Heart Association board (Twin Cities Chapter), and formerly a board member of the Minnesota Housing Partnership and the Minneapolis Music Company. Among her community activities, Jan is a member of the House Committee and Nominating Committee of the LaFayette Club, where she also enjoys playing golf.