Evan Gibbs

Evan litigates cases at the forefront of the nation’s most pressing contemporary civil rights issues throughout the U.S., but primarily in the deep south. Evan has handled cases involving sexual and gender-based harassment, gay and transgender rights, and race discrimination, among others. He’s also handled investigations into allegations of improper conduct by executives and elected officials. Evan has been interviewed by various news media outlets on these issues and the #MeToo movement, including NBC New York, The Los Angeles Daily News, BuzzFeed News, and others.

Evan also litigates trade secret and restrictive covenant matters, including the case resulting in the first published decision in Georgia interpreting the recently-enacted federal Defend Trade Secrets Act. With this background, Evan is frequently asked to prepare and assess employment agreements for executives and other high-level employees throughout the U.S., and he routinely advises clients on employment matters in the context of corporate reorganizations and M&A transactions. 

Evan has extensive experience representing clients in traditional labor matters, including union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining, grievances and arbitrations, decertification campaigns, unit clarification proceedings, and representation before state and federal administrative agencies. Evan also advises companies on successorship and other union issues in the context of corporate restructurings and M&A deals.

Evan also has considerable experience litigating constitutional issues against and on behalf of government entities, including claims and issues under the Contracts Clause and the First, Fourth, Sixth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Finally, Evan has also litigated business disputes on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants under state and federal laws in various jurisdictions in the U.S.

He’s also a columnist for the popular legal news site AboveTheLaw.com, which he’s been doing since 2016. When he’s not working, Evan does CrossFit, plays drums, and he loves anything involving dogs (because dogs are the best). He also loves reading, especially National Geographic magazine.

Representative Matters

  • First-chaired and won a labor arbitration proceeding involving various issues of contract interpretation and arbitral procedure.
  • Presented oral argument to Georgia Supreme Court on issues of appellate practice and Georgia constitutional law.
  • First-chaired and won an administrative trial against a government agency.
  • Argued multiple successful summary judgment motions and other procedural and evidentiary motions in state and federal courts in multiple states.
  • Successfully briefed and argued for early dismissal of claims in various jurisdictions and secured multiple awards of costs and attorneys’ fees against opposing parties.
  • Taken and defended dozens of depositions later used in winning dispositive and nondispositive motions.
  • Handled high-level workplace investigations involving executives as well as elected and appointed government officials.
  • Represented clients in labor arbitrations and in collective bargaining agreement negotiations.
  • Defended on-site investigations by various federal government agencies.

Troutman Sanders LLP

Troutman Sanders and Pepper Hamilton have agreed to merge effective April 1, 2020, becoming Troutman Pepper.

Troutman Sanders LLP, founded in 1897, is an Atlanta-based international law firm with more than 600 attorneys throughout the United States and China. With over 40 areas of legal practice, the full-service firm offers a broad array of legal services, including corporate, energy and regulatory, finance and real estate, business litigation and specialized litigation services.

The Troutman Sanders LLP Labor & Employment Practice Group consists of more than 20 attorneys located in the Firm’s Atlanta, Hong Kong, New York, Orange County and Richmond,. The Labor and Employment Group provides clients with comprehensive advice and counsel in all areas of labor and employment law, including litigation, human resources consulting, and training, as well as business immigration law and traditional labor law. The Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Group at Troutman Sanders LLP consists of 14 attorneys in Atlanta, Richmond and New York who provide legal and consulting advice on the full spectrum of federal laws impacting employee benefit plans, compensation, and privacy issues. Likewise, the Immigration Practice Group consists of attorneys in Atlanta, and New York focusing on all aspects of business immigration law. Together, the Labor and Employment Group, Compensation and Employee Benefits Group and Immigration Practice Group represent numerous Fortune 500 companies across a wide variety of industries.

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