Gregory Evans is President and Founder of Integer Law Corporation, a law firm dedicated to national trials and litigation. Greg has over 20 years of federal and state court trial experience across the United States. He has an exemplary record of courtroom success and unexpectedly beneficial client settlements in some of the most important and largest cases in United States history. Greg founded Integer Law Corporation with the commitment of avoiding the tension between large firm partner driven economics and the needs of his clients.
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Before founding Integer, Greg served as head of litigation in one of the country’s largest law firms and was a highly profitable equity partner with a prestigious American Lawyer Top 10 Wall Street firm. With this experience and through his exposure to many complex and high stakes cases, Greg can now deliver the highest quality and most sophisticated legal strategies in an exclusive, boutique litigation setting.
Representative clients include Nike, The Sherwin-Williams Company, Vodafone, 3M, Steinway Musical Instruments, Hewlett Packard, and The Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Company.
The American Lawyer named Greg as one of America’s top 45 lawyers under the age of 45. In 2006, The American Lawyer also selected Greg as a “Star Lateral of the Year,” one of only 9 American lawyers receiving this recognition. Greg’s professional climb has been noted by The Wall Street Journal, The National Law Journal, The Los Angeles Business Journal, and many other publications. Los Angeles Magazine’s California Lawyer repeatedly selects Greg as one of California’s best or “top” litigators. In January 2005, the Daily Journal published, statewide, an extensive profile of Greg’s background and his practice (click to view).
Greg has demonstrated, time and again, that he is capable of communicating complicated information effectively and persuasively to judges and juries of all backgrounds and in many different regions of the country. As examples, Greg has obtained dismissals, jury verdicts and defense judgments in difficult environmental cases, a RICO case filed as a class action (California Superior Court), a fraud case filed by multiple parties against one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies (United States District Court, California Superior Court and Texas State Court), stock option vesting cases, (California Superior Court), a contract indemnity case (U.S. District Court, E.D. New York) and in unfair business practice cases filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles and in New York. Although some of these cases were appealed, they have all been affirmed.
COMMUNICATING DIFFICULT CASES
Greg is experienced in trials and litigation which present racial, economic, social, community, labor and other sensitive issues as a part of the underlying case. Many of Greg’s cases generate government or media interest and he is trained and thoroughly experienced to handle the political and media facets to higher profile litigation.
Greg received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California (1984), a Master’s Degree from the University of California at Berkeley (1986), and his Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame (1989). While attending the University of Notre Dame Law School, Greg was selected as a named Thomas J. White Scholar. Greg served as Research Editor for Notre Dame Law School’s Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy. He was awarded Notre Dame’s Dean David T. Link Award for Social Justice upon graduating in 1989.
PUBLIC RECOGNITION AND PROFILES
In various U.S. and international publications, Greg has been called “prominent,” “preeminent,” “the go to litigator,” “esteemed,” “top,” “star,” “coveted,” and “elite.” These publications include The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Bloomberg and the Daily Journal.
Greg has lead clients through many U.S. Department of Justice and state attorneys’ general investigations involving environmental issues.
When helpful to a client’s case, and when requested by clients, Greg has appeared on various national and local news shows and in newspapers. Greg has also testified and prepared clients for testimony before several U.S. congressional committees and many state and federal regulatory agencies.
The following are some of his more notable engagements:
■Americas Smelting and Refining Corporation, Incorporated (ASARCO Inc.). Greg currently serves ASARCO Inc. as its primary outside litigation counsel on environmental claims made by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. EPA, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, and numerous state attorneys general relating to ASARCO’s operation of mining, smelting and refining businesses over the past 100 years in 30 different states.
■The Sherwin-Williams Company.
Mr. Evans obtained numerous dismissals of civil and criminal complaints against Sherwin-Williams for alleged environmental damages. Most recently, Greg successfully represented Sherwin-Williams in a wide-scale California Attorney General’s investigation, and related litigation, which ended in complete abandonment of all claims against the company, no finding of fault, no payment of fine or any other adverse consequence. In a recent Federal Grand Jury proceeding commenced in the Central District of California, Greg led The Sherwin-Williams Company, the target of that investigation, to an outcome that resulted in no payment of any fine, penalty or settlement.
■Vodafone Group. While serving as primary U.S. outside litigation counsel for Vodafone Group, Greg achieved jury defense verdicts, arbitration awards and bench trial judgments for Vodafone in cases involving trade secret misappropriation, technology-related contract disputes including cross-broader issues, joint venture disputes, corporate change in control and stock option vesting.
■3M Corporation. In a class-certified action entitled Common Cause v. 3M Corporation, a case alleging that certain 3M products exposed consumers and handlers of certain products to an increased risk of cancer, Mr. Evans obtained a defense judgment for 3M in the Los Angeles Superior Court.
■Nike, Inc. Greg has represented Nike in high-profile litigation where a negative outcome could impact the Nike brand adversely. Recently, Greg defeated on summary judgment two major, unrelated business discrimination cases filed in U.S. District Court (Los Angeles and New York). Greg also recently knocked out a significant consumer class action case for Nike, before class certification.
■The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF). Beginning in 1990, Greg successfully represented BNSF in environmental and commercial cases in jury and bench trials. As examples, Greg defeated a land use and community wide class-action seeking to prevent the railroad’s expansion and merger. This result was affirmed on appeal. Greg coordinated and directed BNSF’s response to the Cajon Pass Derailment, one of the largest freight train accidents in U.S. history. As a leader of response and defense activities, Greg successfully represented the company through a grand jury investigation (without indictment). Greg also defeated each of the class-action lawsuits alleging toxic tort and environmental harms from the Cajon Pass catastrophe. Representing BNSF and Amtrak, Greg also obtained a defense verdict for both railroads in claims of catastrophic damages caused by the railroads near Los Angeles’ Union Station. Greg spearheaded the well known Brown and Bryant environmental litigation in 1994.
■Mendoza, et al. v. State of California, et al.. In this California state constitutional powers litigation, Greg represented the Los Angeles Unified School District (“LAUSD”), in cooperation with other law firms, to defeat an effort by the Mayor of Los Angeles to control LAUSD schools. The trial court decided this case in favor of LAUSD, the League of Women Voters and Congresswoman Diane Watson. This decision was later upheld on appeal (3-0).
■Station Casinos. Greg recently defeated land use litigation brought to gain control of commercial property to be used for a casino and supporting commercial development in California’s Central Valley.
Greg is an active participant in community affairs and pro bono activities including longstanding service on the national board of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), Catholic Charities of Los Angeles Board of Trustees, the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation, San Francisco YMCA Board of Directors, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, Public Counsel Law Center, and the University of Notre Dame Thomas More and Edward Frederick Sorin Society. Greg served in 2008 and 2009 as an instructor for the Constitutional Rights Foundation’s Youth Moot Court Competition. He is a member of the Mexican American Bar Association. Greg has maintained involvement with Notre Dame since graduation, including active membership in the Thomas More Society.
Greg completed a Fellowship with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. and served later as Deputy Counsel to the National Coalition for the Homeless in Washington, DC. For his pro bono services to the poor, Greg has been honored by the State Bar of California and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Greg has several published articles on public policy, legislation and society.
Greg is fluent in Spanish.
Greg is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Ninth Circuits, all U.S. District Courts in California, the Washington Supreme Court, and the United States Supreme Court.