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Dawn Stith Evans, Partner

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Dawn Stith Evans’ experience litigating securities cases in FINRA arbitrations and trying business and other cases to verdict in court has earned her a listing in The Best Lawyers In America© 2015, an “AV” peer-review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and a spot on Birmingham Magazine’s list of the “Rising Stars” among Birmingham attorneys.
Ms. Evans’ cases have included (among many others):

• A FINRA arbitration involving a complex municipal bond yield arbitrage program;

• A successful jury trial for a minority shareholder over ownership rights, allocation of profits, and valuation of a business;

• Multiple FINRA arbitrations over, among other things, the sale of variable annuities, overconcentration in REITs, unauthorized trading, churning of accounts, and breaches of fiduciary duties by account trustees;

• Representing business owners in fights for control of closely-held businesses;

• Representing business owners or former employees in disputes over non-compete agreements or theft of trade secrets;

• Employment litigation, including advising business owners concerning compliance with the requirements of Title VII, §1981, §1983, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Alabama Age Discrimination Act. Ms. Evans also offers experience in reviewing and preparing employment policies and procedures, employee handbooks, and employment contracts — including non-compete agreements and trade secret agreements.

• General commercial litigation; e.g., breach of contract, breach of warranty, collection of large receivables.

Ms. Evans graduated cum laude with an Accounting degree from Auburn University in 1994, and a J.D. (cum laude) from Cumberland School of Law in 1998, where she served as an editor of the Cumberland Law Review (Voted Outstanding Senior Member). She is a member of the Alabama State Bar and Birmingham Bar Association (Public Service Committee, 2008-present; Young Lawyers Executive Committee, 2001-2003, Public Relations Committee, 2003-2004). She also is actively involved with PIABA – the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association. Ms. Evans is admitted to and regularly practices in the state courts of Alabama, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Practice Areas:
Business Litigation
Securities Arbitration
Stock Broker Fraud
Labor and Employment
Stock Broker-Dealer Arbitration & Litigation
Investment Fraud Arbitration
Class Actions
Covenant Not To Compete Litigation
Unpaid Commissions
Shareholder Derivative Suits
Misuse of Trade Secrets Litigation
Identity Theft Litigation
Copyright Infringement Litigation
Employment Litigation – Plaintiff and Defense
Fair Labor Standards Act Litigation
Wage & Hour Litigation

Educational Background:
B.S., cum laude, Auburn University, 1994
J.D., cum laude, Cumberland School of Law, 1998

Admitted to Practice:
Alabama
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

Law School Honors:
Cumberland Law Review (Associate Editor)
Outstanding Senior Member of Law Review

Bar Associations:
Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA)
Birmingham Bar Association (Public Service Committee, 2008-present; Young Lawyers Executive Committee, 2001-2003; Public Relations Committee 2003-2004)
American Immigration Lawyers Association (2005-present)

Prior Positions:
1999-2002, Lange, Simpson, Robinson & Somerville, LLP
1998-99, Law Clerk to Hon. C. Lynwood Smith, Jr., U.S. District Judge, United States
District Court, Northern District of Alabama

Published Decisions:
Equifirst Corp. v. Ware, 808 So.2d 1 (Ala. 2001)