Donna M. Evans is of counsel at Cohen Milstein and a member of the Antitrust practice. An accomplished trial attorney, her legal career spans more than 35 years and includes many years as a litigation partner with global firms. She has tried numerous cases to verdict, including obtaining, as part of a trial team, one of the then-largest plaintiff jury verdicts in Massachusetts Superior Court.
Donna’s experience includes pharmaceutical litigation in which she has represented plaintiffs in antitrust class actions; prescription drug manufacturers; biomedical device companies and inventors; private medical consulting services; and global pharmaceutical companies. For more than a decade, Donna has focused on cutting-edge pay-for-delay pharmaceutical antitrust litigation, which addresses collusive, non-competition agreements between brand and generic drug manufacturers to delay entry of lower-priced generic drug products.
Donna was part of the trial team in In re Nexium Antitrust Litigation, the first pharmaceutical antitrust case to go to trial following the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in FTC v. Actavis in 2013. She is also involved in the litigation of generic drug price-fixing cases, which come on the heels of a government investigation led by the U.S. Department of Justice alleging similar conduct, which, while ongoing, has already resulted in indictments and guilty pleas.
Donna currently serves as a member of Cohen Milstein’s Professional Development Mentoring Committee and co-led the firm’s new associate training (“NAT”) programs in 2017, 2019 and 2021, and continues to present NAT training modules. She has also served as a mentor to incoming law fellows at Cohen Milstein.
Throughout her career, Donna 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 Commonwealth Institute’s Corporate Board of advisors, counseling women-owned businesses; and the Boston Bar Association’s Diversity and Attorney Attrition Standing Committee and its Task Force on Professional Challenges and Family Needs. Donna participated in writing a ground-breaking Boston Bar Association report addressing the costs of attorney attrition, “Facing the Grail: Confronting the Cost of Work-Family Imbalance,” and in implementing the report’s recommendations in Boston law firms.
During law school, Donna served as a note and comment editor on the board of the North Carolina Law Review and interned with the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. She has written on topics including the federal mail fraud statute and construction pay-when-paid contract clauses, and authored a chapter in “Inside the Minds,” addressing best practices in client relationships.
- Member, Boston Bar Association
- Member, Women’s Bar Association, Senior Practice Group, Boston
- Member, Professional Development and Mentoring Committee, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, PLLC
- Attorney Attrition Standing Committee, Boston Bar Association
- Task Force on Professional Challenges and Family Needs, Boston Bar Association
- Member, Honorable U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner’s Equality Commission
- Board of Directors, Greater Boston Legal Services
- Corporate Board of Advisers, The Commonwealth Institute
- Amici Curiae Counsel for Law Enforcement Officers (U.S. Crt. of Appeals, First Circ.)
- Pro bono work in the area of affordable housing
- Honorable U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner’s Equality Commission
- 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