Karen Evans

The Cochran Firm - DC
1100 New York Ave Nw Ste 340
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 682-5800

Karen E. Evans, R.N., J.D.

KAREN E. EVANS is a Partner with The Cochran Firm and prosecutes serious plaintiffs’ medical malpractice actions in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.  She also serves as co-director of The Cochran Firm’s National Medical Malpractice Group.  Ms. Evans 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.  Ms. Evans began her legal career as an associate attorney at a prominent Washington, D.C. insurance defense firm, where for five years she was highly successful as trial attorney defending serious medical malpractice cases.  In 1995, she was recruited by the country’s leading medical malpractice insurance carrier to become in house counsel defending its insured doctors and nurses against medical malpractice lawsuits.  From 1995 to 2000, Ms. Evans successfully defended and won in excess of 92% of all serious medical malpractice cases tried to jury verdict. In 2000, Ms. Evans joined a preeminent Plaintiff’s medical malpractice law firm. Since then, she has used the combination of her nursing experience and zealous trial advocacy skills to pursue medical malpractice claims on behalf of those who have been catastrophically injured. Since 2000, Ms. Evans has successfully tried and settled numerous cases in the 7 and 8 figure ranges.  Ms. Evans 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. Ms. Evans also serves as President of the Washington Bar Association Educational Foundation, Inc. Ms. Evans is an AV Preeminent rated attorney and has been recognized by her peers and 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. She 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.