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David W. Evans

David W. Evans

San Francisco
Effective August 19, 2020
Temporary Address
Los Angeles Headquarters
Los Angeles
555 South Flower Street
Forty-Fifth Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
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Since March 2020, all San Francisco personnel have been working remotely with full connectivity to the Firm’s network and other resources. When its office lease expired, the San Francisco Office closed temporarily in August 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. Thereafter, and although each San Francisco attorney’s temporary mailing address became the Firm’s Los Angeles headquarters, all San Francisco personnel continue to work from their homes in the Bay Area and are easily reachable via email or by telephone; calls to attorney’s direct lines are also forwarded automatically to their mobile devices. We look forward to reopening our Bay Area office and appreciate the patience of our clients and friends as we continue to adapt to the challenges of the post-pandemic environment.

Mr. Evans is the Managing Partner of Haight Brown & Bonesteel’s San Francisco office. He is the leader of the Professional Liability Practice Group and a member of the Risk Management & Insurance Law Practice Group. He also acts as General Counsel for the firm. His practice focuses on the defense and trial of professional liability actions against lawyers and accountants, professional fee disputes and representation of insurers in coverage matters and bad faith litigation. He has worked with both domestic and London-based insurance companies in defending a wide variety of claims against lawyers and accountants.

He has over 40 years of trial experience in professional liability and commercial litigation matters and has arbitrated numerous professional fee disputes. He regularly counsels law and accounting firms on ethics and professional responsibility matters, including engagements, billing, and disengagement issues, intra-partnership disputes and, in the case of law firms, disqualification motions, attorney-client privilege matters and work product disputes. He is a frequent speaker at continuing education programs involving loss prevention, professional ethics, and risk management, for both lawyers and accountants.

February 10, 2018
Presentation by David W. Evans
October 5, 2017
May 21, 2015
Presentation by David W. Evans


University of California, Los Angeles (JD, 1977)

University of Southern California (BA, 1974)

California State Courts
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

American Bar Association, Litigation Section – Professional, Officers’ and Directors’ Liability Committee, Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section – Professional Liability Committee

Bar Association of San Francisco, Arbitrator, Fee Arbitration Disputes Panel – 1988-Present

Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

Super Lawyers, Northern California, 2006-2018

Martindale Hubbell – AV Preeminent Rated

2018 Benchmark Litigation, San Francisco Litigation Stars(Professional Liability)