Janet C. Evans

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Jan Evans has over 28 years’ experience litigating complex, high stakes disputes. Jan has litigated in federal and state courts across the country in class actions and complex commercial matters. She has participated in the joint strategic defense of multi-venue class actions involving numerous parties, as well as collateral bankruptcy proceedings, and she has appeared before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. Jan has litigated on behalf of institutional investors against leading Wall Street banks in antitrust class actions venued in multidistrict litigation for billions in investment losses. She has advised boards of directors and senior executives of Fortune 500 companies on legal claims and strategies having significant impact on corporate objectives.

Jan was lead attorney in a nationwide gender discrimination class action, a nationwide Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) misclassification class action, and an age discrimination class action. As lead attorney, Jan managed litigation teams ranging between five and 30 attorneys, paralegals, document review teams, and administrative staff in defense and prosecution of complex cases. Jan has also represented companies in defense of individual- and group-initiated employment claims and has litigated non-compete and trade secret matters.

Prior to law school, Jan spent several years on campus teaching courses at Duke University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Jan currently is an adjunct instructor at St. Thomas University School of Law.

Jan gives back to the community serving on nonprofit boards of directors. Jan is on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society, past chair of the board of MoveFwd, past chair of the American Heart Association board (Twin Cities Chapter), and formerly a board member of the Minnesota Housing Partnership and the Minneapolis Music Company. Among her community activities, Jan is a member of the House Committee and Nominating Committee of the LaFayette Club, where she also enjoys playing golf.


Class Action

  • Represented food franchisor in five separate class actions brought in state and federal courts in four states alleging wrongful sales taxation on certain food products. Obtained dismissals in all cases, one of which the plaintiff dismissed after limited discovery in the face of a rule-11 type sanction motion. The dismissal obtained from the District Court for the Southern District of New York was affirmed by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Represented subsidiary of Fortune 500 company in defense of dozens of class actions across the country involving fraud and RICO claims against it and several additional defendants. Appeared at several collateral bankruptcy and removal proceedings in state courts throughout the country, and before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.
  • Represented group of insurers in class actions initiated in jurisdictions across the country alleging wrongful collection of workers’ compensation insurance premiums brought against them and several additional insurers; participated in coordinated national defense team.
  • Represented companies and industry associations in multidistrict litigation against Wall Street banks in antitrust class actions in connection with credit card fees alleging billions in damages.
  • Represented Fortune 500 company in defense of nationwide class action alleging gender discrimination and hostile environment claims. Defeated class certification on nationwide hostile environment claim, which claim was based, in part, on the content of electronic communications company-wide; defeated damages class on pay and promotion claims; obtained summary judgment on 10 of 12 lead plaintiffs’ hostile environment claims.
  • Represented Fortune 500 company in defense of nationwide class action alleging the company misclassified employees as non-exempt in violation of the FLSA. Obtained decertification of over 500 employees and former employees nationwide claiming misclassification under the FLSA; obtained dismissal without prejudice of all misclassification claims except for those of lead plaintiffs; obtained summary judgment on one lead plaintiff’s misclassification claim; defeated plaintiffs’ sub-classwide motions for summary judgment on their misclassifications claims.

Financial, Commercial, and Employment Litigation

  • Represented institutional investor against Wall Street banks to recover hundreds of millions in investment losses from residential mortgage-backed securities following market crash of these securities.
  • Represented nonprofits and quasi-governmental agency against a Wall Street bank to recover tens of millions in investment losses in securities lending program. Obtained jury verdict, which was upheld on appeal.
  • Represented Fortune 500 company in enforcement of non-compete agreements for key senior sales force through temporary restraining order, temporary injunction, permanent injunction obtained at trial, and upheld on appeal.
  • Represented franchisor restaurant in cases involving premises liability, violence, and employment claims. Obtained summary judgment in U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, dismissing respondeat superior claim, premises liability, and negligent hiring and supervision claims. The summary judgment motion was selected by the court to be argued at University of South Carolina Law School before over 500 attendees.
  • Represented restaurant franchisor in claims against it and franchisees in overtime pay claims initiated by several employees in California.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of major railroad, summarily dismissing $38 million of $39 million in alleged damages in commercial contract claim.
  • Represented employers in defense of various individual-employee discrimination claims based on gender, age, and race, and in regard to hostile environment claims, EEOC charges, and OSHA violations.
  • Represented dozens of injured women in mass action against medical device manufacturer.
  • Represented dozens of injured consumers in mass action against drug manufacturer.


  • Co-authored amicus curiae brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in land-ownership dispute involving Indian tribes.
  • Co-authored brief before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of an individual seeking asylum in the United States from political persecution. The Court granted asylum, reversing circuit court.
  • Co-authored amicus curiae brief before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in support of the position of the Government of Belize in relation to the affirmance of a foreign arbitral award issued by the London Court of International Arbitration.
  • Co-authored amicus curiae brief before the Minnesota Supreme Court concerning the constitutionality of the Minnesota Unclaimed Property Act.
  • Co-authored amicus curiae brief before the Minnesota Supreme Court concerning the interpretation of Minnesota’s External Review Organization (ERO) statute relating to the binding effect of ERO determinations of medical necessity in relation to health care coverage decisions.

Investigation and Counseling

  • Advised C-level executives of Fortune 500 company when key employees moved to competitor in food manufacturing industry; resolved many employee moves by reaching terms of agreement with competitor.
  • Advised boards of directors, litigation sub-committees, and C-level executives of Fortune 500 and other companies on litigation strategies having significant impact on programs, finances, policies, or objectives.
  • Advised in-house legal and human resource personnel on day-to-day employment issues.
  • Conducted independent internal investigations of Title IX claims on college campuses.
  • Conducted internal investigation of hospital, and oversaw production of documents and information pursuant to government subpoena regarding Medicare fraud allegations and negotiation of same with government.
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