Karen E. Evans

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Washington, DC

The Cochran Firm
 | 1100 New York Ave NW, Suite 340
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-682-5800
Fax: 202-682-5800
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007, 2012 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
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    For 23 years, Karen E. Evans has applied her substantial experience as a registered nurse and the unique perspective it provides to her plaintiffs' personal injury practice, and she has achieved numerous successes at both the negotiating table and in the courtroom. As a partner at The Cochran Firm in Washington, D.C., Ms. Evans focuses her practice on medical malpractice, but she also takes on cases involving wrongful death, vehicular accidents and other personal injury matters.

    From 1995 to 2000, Ms. Evans secured favorable judgments for her clients in more than 92 percent of her medical malpractice cases. Overall, she has contributed greatly to the more than $45 billion in awards and settlements achieved by The Cochran Firm, and her own awards have risen as high as eight figures.

    Ms. Evans is deeply involved in professional organizations and associations within the legal community, including the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, DC; the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, for which she holds the office of first vice president; and eight other associations. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

    After earning her Bachelor of Science in nursing from East Carolina University in 1980, Ms. Evans joined the United States Air Force Nurse Corps and rose to the rank of captain. She earned her Juris Doctor in 1990 after transferring from the Texas Tech University School of Law to the University of North Carolina School of Law. In addition to being twice decorated for service to her country, including an Air Force Commendation Medal and the Air Force Achievement Medal, Ms. Evans has garnered numerous honors during her law career, including Best Lawyers* honors and Martindale-Hubbell's AV-Preeminent** rating.

    *The Best Lawyers in America® 2010. Copyright 2009 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

    **AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 90%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff


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    Super Lawyers: 2007, 2012 - 2021

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    About Karen Evans

    Admitted: 1990, Washington D.C.

    Professional Webpage: http://www.cochranfirmdc.com/attorney/karen-e-evans/


    • Bar Register of Preeminent Womens Lawyers
    • U.S. States Achievement Medal
    • Martindale-Hubbell's AV-Preeminent** Rating
    • Best Lawyers in America, Washington, DC

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Registered Nurse

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • National Bar Association
    • District of Columbia, 1990
    • American Association for Justice
    • President, Washington Bar Association Educational Foundation
    • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
    • U.S. District Court District of Columbia
    • 1st Vice President, Washington Bar Association, 2012 - 2013
    • American Bar Association
    • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
    • Virginia, 1997
    • Maryland Association for Justice
    • President, Trial Lawyers Associations of Metropolitan, D.C., 2012 - 2013
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 2011
    • Chair, Judicial Selection and Endorsement Committee, Washington Bar Association, 2011
    • District of Columbia Bar
    • Maryland, 1997
    • Sustaining Member, Women's Bar Association
    • Member, American Association of Nurse Attorneys
    • Washington D.C., 1990
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
    • Chair, Washington Bar Association, 2011

    Pro bono/Community Service:

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

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Adjunct Professor of Law, David A. Clarke School of Law, 2007 - 2012

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Air Force Achievement Medal
    • Air Force Commendation Medal

    Educational Background:

    • East Carolina University, B.S. in Nursing, 1980
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    Office Location for Karen E. Evans

    1100 New York Ave NW
    Suite 340
    Washington, DC 20005

    Phone: 202-682-5800

    Fax: 202-682-5800

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    Last Updated: 1/5/2021

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