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 Pepper

The story of Troutman Pepper is the story of our clients — their needs, their satisfaction, and their successes. Both by nature and by design, we’ve made a higher commitment to client care our defining characteristic.

We seek to exceed expectations and drive client value through:

Innovation as A Service

Putting clients first — and empowering our attorneys and staff to innovate toward that end — has led to exciting advances. Like our proprietary e-discovery service, bespoke technology solutions, and market-leading client feedback program. We’re proud to be among BTI’s 2020 Client Magnets — the top 10% of firms recognized for pioneering approaches and anticipating client needs.

Client-Driven Growth

Serving our clients at the highest-level means offering the right resources in the right places to meet business objectives. The 2020 merger of our predecessor firms expanded our geographic reach and deepened our bench in critical practice areas. We also have strengthened our focus on key sectors including energy, financial services, health sciences, private equity, and real estate. We meet our clients where they are — and where they want us to be.

An Inclusive Culture

Our culture is central to our client care promise. From partners and associates to professionals and administrative staff, mutual respect, inclusiveness, and teamwork define our workplace. The best ideas arise when everyone has a seat at the table.

Redefining Community

Clients know we live in their world and value what they value. We are committed to improving our communities and serving their legal needs. Individuals and groups firmwide contribute time and talent to a wide range of civic, cultural, charitable, educational, and professional organizations. Factor in the thousands of pro bono hours we devote to important cases and causes, and you will see a picture of a firm that understands the true meaning of community.

Informed. Involved. Invested.

At Troutman Pepper, we pride ourselves on a higher commitment to client care. Our attorneys are more than just your outside counsel. We’re your late-night sounding board for a risky business decision, the extra set of hands when you have too much on your plate, the connection between you and other leaders in your industry, and the trusted adviser who will make sure you look good at the next board meeting.

Every day, at every level of the firm, we strive to go beyond what our clients expect or appreciate and deliver what they value. Your goals are our goals, and we will work with you hand in hand to develop innovative and responsive solutions to today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities.

Troutman Pepper’s Client Care Office brings the message of “a higher commitment to client care” to life. Led by the firm’s Chief Client Care Officer, the group partners with our attorneys and professional staff to deliver feedback, value, and client experience programs that strengthen and deepen your relationship with the firm. The Client Care Office represents the voice of the client inside Troutman Pepper and examines how everything the firm does traces back to one question: How does this impact and benefit our clients?

Whether you’re visiting one of our offices or dialing into a conference call and whether we’re drafting a small contract for you or representing you in a large multidistrict litigation — the Client Care Office works to ensure every interaction you have with our attorneys and firm is exceptional.

Atlanta Office
600 Peachtree Street NE
Suite 3000
Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone: (404) 885-3000

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