Karen E. Evans

Karen E. Evans


The Cochran Firm, D.C.

Recognized since 2009

Washington, District of Columbia

Practice Areas

Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

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Karen E. Evans, a partner with The Cochran Firm’s Washington, D.C. office, has represented clients in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Throughout her 23-year career as trial attorney, she has successfully prosecuting a wide variety of high-stakes litigation matters. From 1995 to 2000, she successfully defended and won in excess of 92% of all serious medical malpractice cases tried to jury verdict. Since 2000, she has used the combination of her experience as a registered nurse and zealous trial advocacy skills to pursue claims on behalf of her clients. Karen has successfully tried and settled numerous cases in the seven and eight-figure ranges.

Karen is an active member of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and is the Immediate Past President and continues to serves on its Executive Committee. She is also an active member of the Washington Bar Association and is currently 1st Vice President. She also serves as President of the Washington Bar Association Educational Foundation. With an AV Preeminent rating, she has been awarded the highest level of professional excellence by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review. She has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, The Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyers and the Washington Post, Baltimore and Washington D.C.’s Top Lawyers, among other honors.

Before law school, Karen was a Captain in the United States Air Force Nurse Corp and practiced medical/surgical and intensive care nursing for ten years. She began her legal education at Texas Tech University School of Law where she was selected for Law Review. After her first year of study, she transferred to The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Law and earned her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) in 1990.

Karen is also a member of the American Association of Nurse Attorneys and has been profiled and featured in its members’ recognition section. She has been an invited speaker and guest lecturer at the request of various legal associations and groups, including the D.C. Bar, The George Washington University Law Center, the Virginia Nurses Association, the D. C. Superior Court Judicial Training session committee, the DC Trial Lawyers Association, the Ohio Association for Justice and the Maryland Association for Justice. Ms. Evans is a member of the state and federal Bars in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. She was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law from 2005-2012 and she currently serves as a mediator for the D.C. Superior Court.

Location

  • 1666 K Street NW, Suite 1150
    Washington, DC 20006

Demographics

  • Sex: Female
  • Ethnicity: Black or African American

Education

  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., graduated 1990
  • East Carolina University, BSN, graduated 1980

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, The District of Columbia Bar
  • Maryland, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Virginia, Virginia State Bar

Affiliations

  • American Association of Nurse Attorneys - Member
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Maryland Association for Justice - Member
  • National Bar Association - Member
  • S.M.A.R.T. Community Organization - Advisory board member
  • Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. - Past President
  • United States Air Force Nurse Corp. - Former Captain
  • University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law - Adjunct Professor of Law
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association - Member
  • Washington Bar Association - Immediate Past President
  • Women's Bar Association - Sustaining Member

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Special Focus

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Wrongful Death

Awards:

  • Washington, D.C.'s Top Lawyers
  • Washington D.C. Super Lawyers (2007, 2012, 2013)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2009-present)
  • AV-preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • Commendation Medal, United States Air Force
  • Achievement Medal, United States Air Force

Aim High and Fly


by Khalil Abdullah

From a silent victim of hometown segregation to Air Force captain and lawyer of consummate skill, Karen Evans exemplifies leadership—and vows always to help those who seek to follow her path.

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