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“Evan Tager is one of the nation’s most prominent appellate practitioners.” He “deploys a grasp of language and argument that is a marvel to behold.”

Chambers USA

Evan Tager is a member of the firm's Supreme Court & Appellate and Class Action practices. Identified by Chambers USA as one of America’s leading appellate lawyers for the past nine years, and profiled by Legal Times as a leading appellate lawyer, Evan has been integrally involved in a range of issues of paramount importance to the business community, including punitive damages, class-certification standards, admissibility of expert testimony, and enforceability of arbitration agreements.

In February 2013, International Law Office awarded Evan its Client Choice Award for the Litigation category in Washington, D.C. This award, which is based entirely on client nominations and references, is given to one lawyer per city. According to ILO’s press release, “[c]lients are asked to rate individual lawyers and law firms on the following client service criteria: quality of legal advice, value for money, commercial awareness, effective communication, billing transparency, tailored fee structures, response time, sharing of expertise and use of technology.” One client interviewed by ILO commented that “Evan Tager’s trial and appellate work for my company has facilitated a fundamental positive change in some of the most important legal doctrines impacting businesses.” Another observed that “Evan’s reputation is that of a master strategist and communicator, with top-flight analytical skills and a unique ability to simplify the complex.” And a third said that “Evan brings a value set and open-mindedness that allow him to become a trusted business partner, and he is eager to align his interests with the client’s.”

In 2012, The National Law Journal named Evan to its “Champions and Visionaries” list, citing his work helping Cingular Wireless (now AT&T Mobility) create an incentives-based customer arbitration process aimed at reducing the number of class actions the company had to fight and his successful defense of that process at the US Supreme Court. In AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, the Court ruled that the Federal Arbitration Act preempts states from refusing to enforce arbitration provisions on the ground that they disallow class actions. Recognizing the nearly ten-year duration of Evan’s efforts in this area, The National Law Journal said that “Evan Tager has established himself as one of the great marathon runners in the federal appellate system.”

The National Law Journal quoted one of Evan’s clients as saying that his company retained Evan because “his reputation was that of a master strategist and communicator, with top-tier analytical skills and a unique ability to simplify the complex and make sense of confusion. I learned he is that and more. Evan brings a value set and open-mindedness that allow him to become a trusted business partner and is eager to align his interests with the client’s.”

Legal Times, in its issue on leading appellate lawyers, said that “when a major company needs to find a lawyer in a key case involving class certification, punitive damages, or arbitration, there's a good chance it will hire Evan Tager.” “In the past several years,” the publication stated, Evan “has become the go-to attorney in a growing number of cases that matter to big businesses across the United States.” Evan has been listed as a leading lawyer for several years running in Chambers USA, Legal 500, and Benchmark Litigation. He also has been named as a top lawyer repeatedly in The Washingtonian. The 2009 edition of Legal 500 described Evan as a “professional and ethical thought leader” who is “responsive, committed to shared goals, and fair-minded.”

Evan has filed hundreds of briefs on issues of importance to the business community in the United States Supreme Court and in lower courts throughout the country. One of Evan’s clients told Chambers USA that, as a briefwriter, Evan “deploys a grasp of language and argument that is a marvel to behold.” Also according to Chambers USA, Evan is “‘smart and adept,’ he is praised by clients for his ‘ability to focus on the details at the same time as keeping his eye on the bigger picture.’” Evan has delivered 41 appellate arguments. He has argued cases in the US Supreme Court, the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits, the DC Court of Appeals, the California Court of Appeal, the Illinois Appellate Court, the Illinois Supreme Court, the Pennsylvania Superior Court, the Tennessee Court of Appeals, the Washington Supreme Court, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, and numerous state and federal trial courts. In addition, he has published extensively on the subjects of appellate advocacy, punitive damages, class actions, and expert testimony, among other things, and has participated frequently on panels devoted to punitive damages and class actions.

Evan received his AB, magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1982 and his JD in 1985 from Stanford Law School, where he was Articles Editor of the Stanford Law Review and winner of the Board of Editors Award for Outstanding Editorial Contribution to the Stanford Law Review. Following law school, he served as a law clerk to Judge Mary M. Schroeder in the Ninth Circuit.

Evan is a regular contributor to Class Defense, the firm’s blog on key issues affecting class action law and policy.

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