Irwin S. Evans

Of Counsel

Los Angeles

Phone: (213) 955-9500 (Ext. 1138)
Fax: (213) 955-9511

Bar & Court Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California

Articles & Presentations

  • Selection and Designation of Expert Witnesses
  • Law Office Management for Small Firms for California State Bar: Nevada State Bar

Irwin S. Evans practices personal injury defense, commercial litigation, productliability, breach of warranty, and insurance defense. He also acts as special panel counsel in matters involving police misconduct, injuries due to municipal transportation (vehicular and rail), and school district liability.

Mr. Evans has tried in excess of 170 cases. His insurance defense cases have involved auto accidents, slip and fall, injuries using various instrumentalities, and mold exposure. He has tried cases involving breach of contract representing many industries, individuals, and class actions. Mr. Evans’ product liability and breach of warranty experience includes trying cases on behalf of automobile manufactures alleging sudden acceleration, fire damage to vehicle and persons, mechanical failure, restraint issues, chemical inhalation, press brake failure, and vehicle trailer design. He has represented automobile manufacturers in all breach of warranty cases for five Southern California counties.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Evans was partner at the firms of Atkins & Evans LLP; Cochran, Atkins & Evans; and Lenoir, Young & Evans. He was also Senior Trial Deputy for the City Attorney’s Office for the City of Los Angeles. Mr. Evans has served as an evaluator for the Auerback Corporation, evaluating legal service programs for the Western Continental United States and Hawaii. He has also served as a lecturer for the Model Neighborhood Commission on Justice and as the advisor of Minority Businesses for I.M.P.A.C.

Mr. Evans is past president of the California Association of Black Lawyers, past chairman of the Personal Injury & Commercial Litigation section of the National Bar Association Commercial Law Section, and former member of the Board of Directors of the National Bar Association. He is a former member of the State Bar Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation, which evaluates persons under consideration by the governor for appointment to the bench in all courts in California. Mr. Evans was a member of the Federal Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel. He has lectured extensively on personal injury litigation and law office management for the
California and Nevada Bar Associations.

He received his B.A. in Sociology from California State University of Los Angeles and his J.D. at Loyola University. In law school, Mr. Evans was a finalist in the Moot Court Honors Competition and was awarded the Bancroft-Whitney Award in Corporations. Mr. Evans is a member of the Los Angeles County, American Bar, and National Bar Associations, as well as the California Association of Black Lawyers and the Defense Research Institute ( DRI). Mr. Evans is admitted to practice in the State of California, the California Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Evans is based in Los Angeles.

    Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Representative Cases

  • Bedrosian v. Ford Motor, 2 Civil B077408 (Court of Appeals 1994)
  • Tollison v. Trailmobile, B058048 (Court of Appeals 1992)
  • Frank Silvio v. Ford Motor Co., 109 Cal App. 4 th 1205
  • Johnson v. Honeywell Int. Inc., 179 Cal App. 4 th 546

Representative Matters

  • Defended chemical manufacturer against claim of failure to warn of dangers in inhaling fumes from their products. California Supreme Court established the sophisticated user doctrine as a defense.
  • Represented Auto Manufacturer in a breach of warranty case that established requirement in California that customer must present vehicle for repair at least once to dealer as a prerequisite to filling complaint.
  • Defended municipalities in wrongful death, excessive force, employment discrimination and retaliation premises liability and commercial litigation.
  • Defended property owner in suit by 27 tenants for personal injury due to alleged exposure to mold.
  • Represented well known music producer in suit by his attorney for attorneys fees in excess of $2,000,000.

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Business Disputes

Tort/Personal Injury

  • Toxic Torts: Mold; Toxic Substance Injuries

Product Liability

  • Auto
  • Auto Warranty
  • Miscellaneous Product Defects


  • Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Wrongful Termination


  • Loyola University School of Law (J.D.)
  • Cal State University Los Angeles (B.A. Sociology)

Honors & Distinctions

  • Lawren Miller Award, California Association of Black Lawyers
  • Presidential Award, National Bar Association
  • Inducted into the National Bar Associations Hall of Fame
  • Inducted into The John M. Langston Bar Association Hall of Fame
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Community Service Award
  • Commendations from the Congress of the United States, State of California, City of Los Angeles and County of Los Angeles

Professional & Community Involvement

  • California Association of Black Lawyers Past President
  • National Bar Association- Member of Budget Committee
  • California Central District, Judge Magistrates Merit Selection Committee – Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association – Member
  • Judicial Nominees Evaluation Committee of the State Bar of California – Member
  • American Bar Association – Member