DC / Washington

Karen Evans

The Cochran Firm - DC
1100 New York Ave. NW, Suite 340 
Washington , DC 20005
NBL Top 100 Executive Committee


DC Medical malpractice attorney Karen E. Evans prosecutes serious plaintiffs' medical malpractice actions in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Prior to becoming a trial attorney, Ms. Evans served in the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corp and was honorably discharged with the rank of captain. A registered nurse, Ms. Evans began her legal career as an insurance defense attorney successfully representing doctors, nurses and hospitals. Ms. Evans successfully defended and won in excess of 92% of all serious medical malpractice cases tried to jury verdict.

In 2000, she began using her inside knowledge as a former insurance defense lawyer to represent injured persons as a trial lawyer. She has successfully tried and settled numerous cases in the seven and eight-figure ranges. Ms. Evans uses 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.

Honors and Awards

Commendation Medal, United States Air Force

Achievement Medal, United States Air Force
Selected to Super Lawyers (2007, 2012, 2013)

Washington, D.C.'s Top Lawyers

Best Lawyers in America (2009-present)

Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings (highest level of professional excellence)

Listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers

Professional and Community Leadership

Legal Writing and Research Adjunct Professor of Law, David A. Clarke School of Law

Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington DC

Positions held: President (2012), President Elect (2011), Vice President (2010), Treasurer (2009), Secretary (2008), Board of Governors (2003-present).

Former Captain (1981-87), United States Air Force Nurse Corps

Sustaining Member, Women's Bar Association

Washington Bar Association

Positions held: 1st Vice President (2012), 2nd Vice President (2011), Judicial Selection Committee Chair (2011-12).

Executive Committee, Trial Lawyers Association, D.C.

Volunteer mediator, Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs of the D.C. Superior Court

Member, American Association of Nurse Attorneys

Member, American Bar Association

Advisory board member, S.M.A.R.T. " community organization dedicated to improving academics through sports

Member, National Bar Association

Member, American Association for Justice

Member, Maryland Association for Justice

Member, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

Volunteer Mediator, Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs of the D.C. Superior Court and U.S. District Court for D.C.

Speaker and guest lecturer: The George Washington University Law School, D. C. Superior Court Judicial Training session committee, Ohio Association for Justice


East Carolina University, B.S.N., 1980
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., 1990
Registered Nurse

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia, 1990
Maryland, 1997
Virginia, 1997

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