Perkins Coie adds Mayer Brown litigator amid tech client demand

  • Eric Evans was a leader in Mayer Brown’s e-discovery practice
  • He advises tech clients in the Northern District of California

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(Reuters) – Perkins Coie has grown its litigation practice with Eric Evans, on Monday announcing it’d hired the former longtime Mayer Brown lawyer who represents technology companies in complex litigation and intellectual property matters.

Evans, who joins 1,200-lawyer Perkins Coie in Palo Alto, Calif., left his post as West Coast co-chair of Mayer Brown’s electronic discovery and information governance practice.

He was also part of Mayer Brown’s cybersecurity and data privacy group, a busy practice area that law firms have been expanding at a fast pace. New legal and regulatory developments, as well as cyberattacks, have helped drive demand for counsel.

Perkins Coie has hired at least two partners to its tech transactions and privacy law practice this year. Other law firms, including Loeb & Loeb, Withers and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have added privacy and cybersecurity lawyers in the past few months.

Jessica Everett-Garcia, chair of Perkins Coie’s litigation practice, in a statement touted Evans’ work for high-tech clients.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Eric to our litigation practice amid ongoing demand from our Bay Area technology clients for insightful and adept legal counsel,” Everett-Garcia said.

He has represented companies in tech and other industries in false advertising, antitrust, trade secret and patent cases, the firm said.

A Mayer Brown representative said the firm wishes Evans well.

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Sara Merken

Sara Merken reports on privacy and data security, as well as the business of law, including legal innovation and key players in the legal services industry. Reach her at sara.merken@thomsonreuters.com

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