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 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 copper mining giant Asarco. The win was reported in several media outlets, including The New York Times.
In May of 2021, Greg prevailed for the second time in a CERCLA case against BP’s Atlantic Richfield Company, with a federal court ordering Atlantic Richfield to immediately pay $16 million to copper mining giant Asarco, and 25 percent of all future clean-up costs advanced by Asarco for cleanup of a superfund site.
In 2021, Lawdragon named Greg as one of 500 leading lawyers across the nation recognized for shaping the future of the environment and energy in their inaugural “500 Leading U.S. Environmental & Energy Lawyers” list. In 2019, The National Law Journal selected Greg as one of the country’s Winning Litigators, a prestigious award given to few trial lawyers. 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.
Given Greg’s years of environmental trial experience, his advanced degree in social welfare and continuing social justice engagement, Greg provides focused and valuable advice to investors, regulators, and shareholders on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.
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. Greg has received an appointment to teach a course on Law and Social Policy at UC Berkeley in the Fall of 2020.
Before joining McGuireWoods, 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. In 2011, their 14 year old daughter Katherine Evans died of a sudden, fatal arrhythmia. Greg was present at the time and had difficulty placing a wireless 911 call for help. Since then, Greg has devoted his legal skills to improving the deployment of wireless communications facilities nationally, including through his representation of Verizon Wireless.
Representative clients include Verizon Wireless and Verizon Communications, Nike, The Sherwin-Williams Company, Vodafone, Steinway Musical Instruments, Hilton, Asarco and Grupo Mexico.
Verizon Communications. Greg represents Verizon Communications in cases and issues around the United States. He is currently assisting Verizon with its deployment of 5G in communities and related litigation.
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.
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 cases against Nike styled as consumer class actions, civil rights and other commercial disputes.
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.
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 has represented Station Casinos in a variety of land use litigation, including in a case seeking to prevent a development by Native Americans 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.
Steinway Musical Instruments. For twenty years, Greg has represented Steinway Musical Instruments and many of its subsidiary musical instrument companies. Greg’s assistance involves commercial disputes, environmental enforcement actions and environmental litigation.
Selected for inclusion in "500 Leading U.S. Environmental & Energy Lawyers" list, Lawdragon, 2021
Selected for Inclusion, Daily Journal, “Top Verdicts,” 2020
Named a "Leader in Law", Los Angeles Business Journal, 2019
Named a "Winning Litigator," The National Law Journal, 2019
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 as a "Leading Lawyer," General Commercial Disputes, 2017; Energy Litigation: Oil and Gas, 2018; California, Legal 500 US
Named, “Star Lateral," American Lawyer, 2009
Profiled, Wall Street Journal, 2005
Profiled, Daily Journal (statewide, California), 2005
Selected for Inclusion, “45 Under 45," American Lawyer, 2003
Recipient, “Wiley Manual Award for Pro Bono Service," California State Bar, 2001
Recipient, Dean’s Award for Social Justice, University of Notre Dame, 1989
Research Editor, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, 1988-89
Commencement Speaker, University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School, 1986
Latinx Lawyers Affinity Group, McGuireWoods LLP
Member, Diversity & Initiative Committee, McGuireWoods LLP
Board of Directors, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
Trustee, Catholic Charities of Los Angeles
Board of Directors, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Property Advisory Board
Advisory Council, Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame
Advisory Council, UC Berkeley, School of Social Welfare
Board of Directors, Constitutional Rights Foundation
Board of Directors, YMCA of San Francisco
Gregory Evans Co-Authors Peer-Reviewed Environmental Journal Article on Superfund Cleanup
July 30, 2021
Lawdragon Names Six McGuireWoods Partners "Leading Environmental & Energy Lawyers"
April 2, 2021