The Cochran Firm
DC Medical malpractice attorney Karen E. Evans prosecutes serious plaintiffs’ medical malpractice actions in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Prior to becoming a trial attorney, Ms. Evans served in the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corp and was honorably discharged with the rank of captain. A registered nurse, Ms. Evans began her legal career as an insurance defense attorney successfully representing doctors, nurses and hospitals. Ms. Evans successfully defended and won in excess of 92% of all serious medical malpractice cases tried to jury verdict.
In 2000, she began using her inside knowledge as a former insurance defense lawyer to represent injured persons as a trial lawyer. She has successfully tried and settled numerous cases in the seven and eight-figure ranges. Ms. Evans uses the combination of her nursing experience and zealous trial advocacy skills to pursue medical malpractice claims on behalf of those who have been catastrophically injured.
Honors and Awards
Commendation Medal, United States Air Force
Achievement Medal, United States Air Force
Selected to Super Lawyers (2007, 2012, 2013)
Washington, D.C.’s Top Lawyers
Best Lawyers in America (2009-present)
Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings (highest level of professional excellence)
Listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
Professional and Community Leadership
Legal Writing and Research Adjunct Professor of Law, David A. Clarke School of Law
Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington DC
Positions held: President (2012), President Elect (2011), Vice President (2010), Treasurer (2009), Secretary (2008), Board of Governors (2003-present).
Former Captain (1981-87), United States Air Force Nurse Corps
Sustaining Member, Women’s Bar Association
Washington Bar Association
Positions held: 1st Vice President (2012), 2nd Vice President (2011), Judicial Selection Committee Chair (2011-12).
Executive Committee, Trial Lawyers Association, D.C.
Volunteer mediator, Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs of the D.C. Superior Court
Member, American Association of Nurse Attorneys
Member, American Bar Association
Advisory board member, S.M.A.R.T. – community organization dedicated to improving academics through sports
Member, National Bar Association
Member, American Association for Justice
Member, Maryland Association for Justice
Member, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
Volunteer Mediator, Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs of the D.C. Superior Court and U.S. District Court for D.C.
Speaker and guest lecturer: The George Washington University Law School, D. C. Superior Court Judicial Training session committee, Ohio Association for Justice
East Carolina University, B.S.N., 1980
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., 1990
District of Columbia, 1990