Gregory Hinojosa Evans is a litigator and trial lawyer. He has over 25 years of experience in courtrooms across the United States. Greg's practice is genuinely national in scope. He has an exemplary record of success and unexpectedly beneficial client results in some of the most difficult, novel and important cases in United States history.
In 2017, Greg successfully appealed and argued four groundbreaking cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th, 5th and 9th Circuits. In the same year, Greg completed a month-long trial in United States District Court in Idaho. In June 2018, Gregory Evans served as first chair trial counsel in Asarco v. Atlantic Richfield Company, winning a $30 million judgment in favor of his client Asarco. The win was reported in several media outlets, including The New York Times.
In 2018, the Los Angeles Business Journal chose Greg as one of L.A’s Most Influential Minority Lawyers. He was selected as a finalist for the 2017 Financial Times “Most Innovative Lawyers in North America” award, and selected by Law360 as an “MVP” for environmental litigation. In 2018, Greg received The National Law Journal’s 2018 “Trailblazer Award,” for litigation. In previous years, Greg was honored by The American Lawyer as one of “Forty Five Under Forty Five,” The American Lawyer called Greg “Star Lateral of the Year,” Public Counsel recognized him as a “Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year” and the California State Bar recognized him with its Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Services. Greg was profiled in depth by California’s Daily Journal (“Public Works,” 2005).
Greg’s work has been reported on and his opinions on important legal cases have been published in The Financial Times, Newsweek, Bloomberg, The New York Times, The American Lawyer, The National Law Journal, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Greg has also authored and published several articles on public policy, legislation and society.
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 San Francisco YMCA Board of Directors, The Constitutional Rights Foundation Board of Directors, Public Counsel Law Center (past board member), the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Property Management Board.
Greg is also an active participant in the management, growth and development of McGuireWoods. In 2018, his partners elected him to the Board of Partners, the firm’s governance body.
In 2014, the President of the University of Notre Dame appointed Greg to serve on Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies Advisory Council. Greg received Notre Dame’s Award for Social Justice upon his graduation from Notre Dame Law School. At U.C. Berkeley, he served as president and commencement speaker of his graduate school.
Before joining McGuire Woods, he was an equity partner with Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, Greg completed a Fellowship with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and served as Deputy Counsel to the National Coalition for the Homeless in Washington.
Greg and his wife Diane have four children and, as a couple, they coach grammar and high school kids participating in the Constitutional Rights Foundation’s Mock Trial Program.
Representative clients include Verizon Wireless and Verizon Communications, Nike, The Sherwin-Williams Company, Vodafone, Steinway Musical Instruments, and Grupo Mexico.
Greg has led clients through many U.S. Department of Justice and state attorneys general investigations involving environmental issues and assorted environmental crimes.
When helpful to a client’s case, and when requested by clients, Greg has appeared on various national and local news shows and is quoted regularly in other media. Greg has testified for clients before the United States Congress. He has also testified before state and regulatory agencies for clients.
Americas Smelting and Refining Corporation, Incorporated (ASARCO). Greg currently serves copper mining giant ASARCO as its primary outside litigation counsel on environmental issues including 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. Greg represented Asarco’s parent, Grupo Mexico, in Asarco’s successful reorganization in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The U.S. Department of Justice described the Asarco bankruptcy as the largest and most successful environmental bankruptcy in U.S. history.
The Sherwin-Williams Company. For over 15 years, Greg has represented paint and coating giant Sherwin-Williams. During this period, he 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, and 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-border issues, joint venture disputes, corporate change in control and stock option vesting.
3M Corporation. In a class-certified action titled Common Cause v. 3M Corporation, which alleged that certain 3M products exposed consumers and handlers of certain products to an increased risk of cancer, Greg 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. Greg defeated on summary judgment two major, unrelated business 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, and an alleged unfair pricing case filed in Los Angeles.
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, a result 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), defeated each of the class-action lawsuits alleging toxic tort and environmental harms from the Cajon Pass catastrophe, and defended against federal and state environmental enforcement actions. Representing BNSF and Amtrak, Greg also obtained a defense verdict after a long jury trial involving claims of catastrophic damages caused by the railroads near Los Angeles’ Union Station. Greg spearheaded the well-known Brown and Bryant environmental litigation that resulted in a favorable environmental decision in the United States Supreme Court.
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 by Native Americans for a casino and supporting commercial development in California’s Central Valley.
Ultimate Fighting Championship – UFC. Greg has represented UFC in a variety of litigation including media distribution disputes, international merger and acquisition litigation, and in other legal fights.
Named an "Energy & Environmental Trailblazer," The National Law Journal, 2018
Named "Most Influential Minority Attorneys," Los Angeles Business Journal, 2018
Named an Environmental MVP, Law360, 2017
Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," General Commercial Disputes, 2017; Energy Litigation: Oil and Gas, 2018; California, Legal 500 US
Named "Star lateral of the Year," The American Lawyer, 2006
Named to "45 Under 45," The American Lawyer, 2003
National Board of Directors, New York NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
Trustee, Catholic Charities of Los Angeles
Advisory Council, Center for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame
McGuireWoods Wins Ruling Awarding Asarco $28 Million for Montana Superfund Site Costs
June 27, 2018
The National Law Journal Honors McGuireWoods’ Gregory Evans as Energy & Environmental Trailblazer
March 5, 2018