Donna M. Evans is Of Counsel in Cohen Milstein’s Antitrust practice group.  Ms. Evans has been practicing law for more than 25 years, with much of that time spent as a civil litigation partner at global law firms.

Ms. Evans has broad and substantial experience as a civil trial attorney representing a diverse and wide range of U.S. and international clients, including class plaintiffs, individuals and corporations in the biomedical, pharmaceutical, financial, telecommunications, publishing and construction industries, and also litigating intellectual property, First Amendment and probate disputes. Ms. Evans’ pharmaceutical and biomedical experience includes representation of end-payor plaintiffs, prescription drug manufacturers, biomedical device companies and inventors, private medical consulting services and global pharmaceutical companies in antitrust, IP and other civil disputes.  Currently, Ms. Evans represents third-party payors and end consumers in antitrust cases including: In re Nexium Antitrust Litigation (D. Mass.) and In re Lidoderm Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Cal.)  Her experience also includes mediations, arbitrations and appellate work.

Ms. Evans’ experience includes:

  • Representation of biomedical company in patent portfolio development.                                                                                                                   
  • Representation of multinational pharmaceutical company in dispute concerning drug manufacturing and sale.
  • Representation of end-payor plaintiffs in antitrust class action pay-for-delay litigation.
  • Representation of drug distributor plaintiff in antitrust class action related to monopolization of market and delay of generic competition.
  • Representation of international biomedical-device company regarding intellectual property rights.
  • Representation of private medical advising company in contractual and regulatory matters.
  • Representation of Canadian business in patent infringement lawsuit involving open-celled foam backer rods.
  • Representation of plaintiff in breach of contract litigation resulting in one of the largest plaintiff jury verdicts in Massachusetts Superior Court.
  • Representation of plaintiffs, large institutional and multinational bond portfolio management companies, in litigation involving RICO and fraud claims.

Ms. Evans has written articles on topics including the federal mail fraud statute and construction pay-when-paid contract clauses, and she authored a chapter in Inside the Minds, addressing best practices in client relationships. She taught legal writing at Boston University Law School for six years, has guest lectured at Duke University and the University of North Carolina law schools, and – prior to practicing law – she taught English at the University of North Carolina and was a Visiting Lecturer in English at North Carolina State University. 

Throughout her career, Ms. Evans has been deeply involved in the issue of equality.  She served on the Honorable U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner’s Equality Commission, the Boston Bar Association’s Diversity and Attorney Attrition Standing Committee, and the BBA’s Task Force on Professional Challenges and Family Needs.  Ms. Evans participated in writing a ground-breaking BBA report addressing the costs of attorney attrition, Facing the Grail: Confronting the Cost of Work-Family Imbalance, as well as implementing the report’s recommendations in Boston law firms.  Ms. Evans has also served on the Board of Directors of Greater Boston Legal Services and the Advisory Board of The Commonwealth Institute, an organization providing professional support to businesswomen, and has been active in pro bono representation, including fair housing issues.

Ms. Evans graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in English and Political Science, and an M.A. in English.  She received a J.D., cum laude, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Law School, where she served as a Board Member and Notes and Comments Editor of the North Carolina Law Review.  

  • Board of Directors, Greater Boston Legal Services
  • Corporate Board of Advisers, The Commonwealth Institute
  • Pro bono work in the area of affordable housing
  • Instructor, Legal Writing, Boston University Law School
  • Lecturer in English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Visiting Lecturer in English, North Carolina State University