Booker T. Evans, Jr., a prominent attorney who focuses on white collar crime and commercial litigation, will be presented with the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association’s (LVNBA) Lifetime Achievement Award on November 7 at its 26th  Annual Scholarship Gala.

The Gala is the LVNBA’s signature event to raise money for scholarships for law students who are committed to serving minority, low-income, and other underserved communities in Clark County, Nevada. Since 1987, the LVNBA has given tens of thousands of dollars to law students in scholarships.

“I am deeply honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Mr. Evans. “I have devoted my life to helping others improve their lives by creating opportunities they otherwise may not have had, and it is humbling to receive this recognition for doing something that is such a passion for me.”

Mr. Evans works at Ballard Spahr’s offices in Las Vegas and Phoenix. “Booker has a decades-long history of community service, and we are proud to have him as a colleague at the firm,” said Robert C. Kim, Managing Partner of the firm’s Las Vegas office.

Mr. Evans is active on the boards of many organizations in both Nevada and Arizona that are focused on helping minorities, youth, and victims of domestic violence.

“We are thrilled to honor Booker Evans, who was one of the first 10 black attorneys admitted to practice law in Nevada and who cofounded the LVNBA in 1981. Booker has touched the lives of so many people through the generous contribution of his time, his dedication to promoting excellence and diversity in the legal profession, and his support of generations of lawyers and law students,” said Professor Rachel J. Anderson, current LVNBA President. “Our Lifetime Achievement Award truly is reserved for those who exemplify an outstanding record of giving back to our communities.”

Mr. Evans has been acknowledged by many other organizations for his dedication to diversity in the legal profession. He was recently named DiversityFIRST™ Individual Award Winner by the Arizona Diversity Council for 2015. He also has been recognized as one of Arizona's Finest Lawyers, a Southwest Super Lawyer in Arizona in White Collar Criminal Defense, a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers, and a Best Lawyer in America by US News & World Report, among other awards.

Mr. Evans has extensive experience in criminal defense, product liability, insurance matters, criminal and civil RICO cases, and health law matters. Mr. Evans 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, Mr. Evans 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.