Booker T. Evans, Jr.

Senior Counsel

evansb@ballardspahr.com
Tel 602.798.5499
Fax 702.471.7070
Las Vegas
Tel 602.798.5499
Fax 602.798.5595
Phoenix

Booker T. Evans, Jr. focuses on white collar crime and commercial litigation. A prominent attorney with more than 25 years in private practice, Booker has extensive experience in criminal defense, product liability, insurance matters, criminal and civil RICO cases, and health law matters. Booker has substantial civil and criminal trial experience, along with post-conviction case experience in the federal court system and is often retained in matters involving the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Prior to entering private practice, he served as a Chief Deputy District Attorney in Las Vegas, Assistant United States Attorney in Nevada and Arizona, and Corporate Counsel for Arizona Public Service Company.

Booker has been named to Arizona's Finest Lawyers, a Southwest Super Lawyer in Arizona and in White Collar Criminal Defense, a Top 100 Trial Lawyer and a Best Lawyer in America by US News & World Report.

Prior to beginning his career as an attorney, Booker worked as a psychologist and a professor in Las Vegas and Miami.

Representative Matters

  • Defended a state senator in a criminal trial against allegations of theft and tampering with opposition's campaign materials
  • Served as lead counsel in a criminal tax evasion matter involving alleged tax losses of $6 million
  • Defended a southwestern restaurant chain against federal tax and immigration charges
  • Provided counsel to a multimillion-dollar startup of health care insurance provider
  • Defended a sports memorabilia company in a federal criminal investigation

Professional Activities

Judge Pro Tem, Maricopa County Superior Courts

Founding member, National Association of Distinguished Counsel

Northern Arizona University School of Behavioral Sciences, Member, Advancement Committee

National Association of Trial Lawyers (Top 100 Criminal)

Co-Chair, 2015 Arizona State Bar Convention

Co-founder, Las Vegas chapter, National Bar Association

Recognition & Accomplishments

Lifetime Achievement designation, America's Top 100 Attorneys, 2016  

National Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award, 2016

Legacy of Advocacy Award, Student Bar Association of the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2016

Community Luminary, State of Black Arizona, 2016

Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association Annual Scholarship Gala, Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, 2015

Named DiversityFIRST™ Individual Award Winner, Arizona Diversity Council, 2015

Named as one of the Nation's Top Attorneys, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015

Named to Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona, AZ Business magazine, 2015-2017

AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Named a Southwest Super Lawyer, Top 50 Arizona, 2014-2016

Named one of Southwest Super Lawyers in White Collar Criminal Defense, 2013-2017

Arizona's Finest Lawyers, 2011

The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2014

Named to the Hall of Fame, Northern Arizona University School of Behavioral Sciences, 2011

The Best Lawyers in America, general criminal defense, white collar criminal defense, 2010-2019

Champion of Diversity Award, Black Women Lawyers Association of Arizona, 2009

NAACP Legal Redress Award, Maricopa County Chapter of NAACP, 2004

Speaking Engagements

"The Myth of Post-Racial America," Inaugural Ted Johnson Lecture Series, Northern Arizona University's Ethnic Studies Program, Flagstaff, Arizona, February 6, 2016

"The Do's and Don'ts of Conducting Internal Investigations," Ballard Spahr webinar, November 10, 2015

Board Memberships

BLOOM (Domestic Violence Prevention) Board of Directors, Co-Chair

Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 2006-2010

Barrow Neurological Foundation, Board of Trustees

Arizona State University Law School Law Society, Board Member

National Minority Junior Golf Scholarship Association, Board Member

Valley Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Board Member, 1996-2002

Epsilon Upsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Past President

First Tee Learning Center, Phoenix, Executive Committee

Northern Arizona University Alumni Foundation, Board Member

Northern Arizona University Alumni Association, President, 1991-1992

Community Legal Service, Chairman of the Board, 1990-1991

Saint Louis University School of Law (J.D. 1978)

Northern Arizona University (M.A. 1970)

Northern Arizona University (B.A. 1969)

Arizona

Nevada

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

U.S. District Court, District of Nevada

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit