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Evelyn Fletcher Davis
Company
Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP
303 Peachtree St NE Ste 4000
Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone
(404) 614-7571
Member Bio
Evelyn Fletcher Davis is a Senior Partner practicing in the Atlanta office of Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP. As one of the nation’s leading toxic tort and product liability defense attorneys, Evelyn has tried, managed, and settled thousands of cases in complex toxic tort litigation. She has litigated cases involving asbestos, silica, benzene and other chemicals, in addition to transportation and general product liability cases. Evelyn practices at the state, federal, and appellate court levels in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, where she has acted as local, regional, and national counsel for over forty corporations. She currently serves as national coordinating counsel for a wire and cable manufacturer. A few of Evelyn’s prominent clients include CertainTeed Corporation, Dana Corporation, United Parcel Service, Inc., Flowserve Corporation (f/k/a Durametallic, Inc.), Foseco, Inc., Gardner Denver and Zurn Industries, Inc.

EDUCATION
J.D., cum laude, Florida State University College of Law (1998)
Law Review; Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law; Journal of Transnational Law and Policy
B.A., with honors, English, University of California, Santa Barbara (1994)

BAR ADMISSIONS
Alabama
Florida
Georgia

COURTS
State and Superior Courts of Alabama, Florida and Georgia
Appellate Courts of Alabama, Florida and Georgia
Supreme Courts of Alabama, Florida and Georgia
United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Toxic Tort and Product Liability
Evelyn maintains an active practice in toxic tort and product liability litigation. She defends cases involving products such as brakes and linings for automobiles, trucks, motors and cranes, gaskets in automobiles, trucks and equipment, construction materials, roofing materials, joint compounds, building wall panels and wall boards, floor tiles and sheetings, cement, sewer pipes, pipe coverings, heat transfer products, pumps and packing, valves, steam and gas turbines, silica, and benzene. Her work involves examination and knowledge of the intended uses of products, operating principles, maintenance schedules and procedures, applicable regulations, and industry standards, all of which she applies to the development of aggressive defense strategies during all stages of trial.

Transportation
Evelyn defends national trucking companies against personal injury and property damage claims. She capably represents the trucking companies themselves in addition to their drivers and insurers. Furthermore, she handles cargo claims under the Carmack Amendment; her past cases involved the transportation of produce.

Appellate Practice
Evelyn actively defends environmental toxic tort cases in the trial and appellate courts in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. She is instrumental in the Florida dockets, where she leads her litigation areas in aggressive motion practice and enforcement of new legislation. She tries multiple cases in different counties and pursues and defends appellate review for her clients as necessary. See E.g., Genuine Parts Co. v. Parsons, 917 So. 2d 419 (Fla. 4th DCA 2006); Flowserve Corporation (f/k/a Durametallic, Inc.) v. Bonilla, et al., 952 So. 2d 1239 (Fla. 3d DCA 2007); Williams, et al., v. American Optical Corp., et al., 2008 Fla. App. LEXIS 12031 (Fla. 4th DCA 2008); Witkiewicz, et al v. ACandS, Inc., et al., No. 4D08-1170 (Fla. 4th DCA); American Optical Corporation, et al., v. Spiewak, et al., Nos. SC08-1616 and SC08-1640 (Fla. Sup. Ct. cases consolidated 2008); and American Optical Corporation, et al., v. Williams, et al., Nos. SC08-1617 and SC08-1639 (Fla. Sup. Ct. cases consolidated 2008).

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (Member, 2010 to present)
Board of Directors (2014 to 2017)
Diversity Committee (2013 to present)
Long Range Planning Committee (2012, 2013)
Finance Committee (2014)
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (Member, 2009 to present)
International Association of Defense Counsel (Member, 2008 to present)
State Coordinator in Georgia for iCivics (2014 to present)
Alabama Defense Lawyer’s Association (Member, 2008 to present)
Florida Defense Lawyer’s Association (Member, 2008 to present)
National Association of Women Lawyers (Member, 2005 to present)
Georgia Defense Lawyer’s Association (Member, 2003 to present)
Board of Directors (2007 to 2012)
Participant, Trial Academy (1998)
GDLA Newsletter Editor (2012)
Defense Research Institute (Member, 2001 to present)
Chair, Women in the Courtroom Committee (2009 to present)
Chair, Women in the Profession Seminar (2010)
Chair, Asbestos Medicine Seminar (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015)
Board of Directors, Regional Representative for Southeast (2008 to 2011)
Chair, Blockbuster Speaker Committee, Annual Meeting (2008 to 2010)
Vice Chair, Women in the Profession Seminar (2009)
Marketing Chair, Women in the Profession Seminar (2008)
Women in the Courtroom Committee (2007 to present)
Diversity Committee (2007 to present)
Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee (2000 to present)
Alabama State Bar (Member, 2000 to present)
The Florida Bar (Member, 1999 to present)
Atlanta Council Younger Lawyers (Member, 1998 to 2006)
Board of Directors (1998 to 2006)
Atlanta Bar Association (Member, 1998 to present)
State Bar of Georgia (Member, 1998 to present)
New York State Bar Association (Member, 2014 to present)
Lawyers Club of Atlanta

HONORS
AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™
The Best Lawyers in America©, Insurance Law (2015-2016)
Super Lawyer,
Super Lawyers Magazine (2014-2015)
Super Lawyer "Rising Star,"
Super Lawyers Magazine (2005-2006, 2009-2011)
Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, Fellow
Top Rated Lawyer in ‘Mass Torts Law,' American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell (2013)
Most Powerful and Influential Women of Georgia, Georgia Diversity Council (2014)

PRESENTATIONS
"Proving the Share Case: Witnesses and Document Proof," The Defense Asbestos Litigation Seminar, Las Vegas, Nevada (June 2015)
“In-House/Insurance Corporate Perspective,” Perrin Conferences Asbestos Defense Strategic Summit, San Francisco, California (November 5, 2014)
"Back to the Future: Combating the Reemergence of Lung Cancer Cases in Asbestos Litigation," FDCC Winter Meeting (March 2014)
“Ethics for the Everyday Lawyer,” Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers (June 2009)
“Women in the Law,” Georgia Defense Lawyers Association Annual Meeting (June 2009)
"New Plaintiff and Product Investigation - For the Novice, the Experienced, and In Between," Defense Research Institute Asbestos Medicine Seminar (2007, 2008 and 2009)
"Women in the Law," Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (2008)
"In-Depth Discovery Issues," Mealey's Benzene Litigation Conference (2008)
"Skits and Suds," Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, Continuing Legal Education Seminar for Young Lawyers (2008)
"The Business of Practicing Law: The Hard Reality of What Law School Does Not Teach You About The Business of Law and Marketing," Florida State University College of Law (2007)
"Role of Plaintiff in Trucking Mock Trial," Defense Research Institute Preeminent Trial Lawyer Seminar (2007)
"Getting Down to the Nitty Gritty of a Silica Deposition," Defense Research Institute Silica Medicine Seminar (2006)
"The Asbestos Deposition Primer - For the Novice, the Experienced, and In Between. What Makes a Great Plaintiff's Deposition When You Take the Time To Do It Right," Defense Research Institute Asbestos Medicine Seminar (2006)
Quarterly presentations at The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Multi District Litigation meetings

TRIALS
Yves J. Lagueux, et al v. AC&S, Inc., et al.
Lynda Daly, et al v. ArvinMeritor, et al.
Mallia v. Bennett Auto Supply
Clarence Bentley v. Union Carbide
Robert W. Lustgarten and Phyllis Lustgarten v. A. W Chesterton
The Trust Company of Virginia as Executor of the Estate of James L. Perkins, et al v. AC&S, Inc., et al.

PRACTICE AREAS
Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation
Product Liability
Transportation
Appellate and Legal Issues

















Firm Information
Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young was founded in 1963 and today is comprised of over 100 attorneys, 50 paralegals, and 12 nurse consultants with offices in California, Georgia, Texas, and West Virginia. Hawkins & Parnell is a pioneer and national leader in environmental and toxic tort litigation, with specialized and exceptional expertise in asbestos, silica, and chemical litigation. Clients have continually affirmed that Hawkins & Parnell has more experienced, seasoned, first-chair asbestos trial lawyers and more total lawyers dedicated to mesothelioma litigation than any law firm in the country. In 2007, our lawyers appeared in trial or in deposition in every state in the nation. The Firm’s asbestos litigation team has over 400 years of combined asbestos trial experience and the resources to try simultaneous cases across the country.

In addition to our outstanding trial skills, Hawkins & Parnell has has expertise in governing and protecting discovery, and providing solutions in asbestos, mesothelioma, and toxic tort cases from initial case response through settlement, verdict, or alternative resolution.

Hawkins & Parnell has cultivated relationships with key defense and plaintiff witnesses. We have a vast library of depositions, documents, and historical resources that enable us to create and implement workable defense strategies for our clients.

Finally, the Firm also has a regional and national defense practice with significant concentrations in the areas of business litigation, products liability, errors and omissions, professional negligence, medical malpractice, nursing home, trucking, and employment litigation.

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