Perkins Coie has added Mayer Brown partner Eric Evans to its litigation team in Palo Alto, Calif., the firm announced Monday.
Evans was most recently West Coast co-chair of Mayer Brown’s electronic discovery & information governance practice. He was also a member of the firm’s cybersecurity and data privacy group and focuses on complex litigation and intellectual property, according to a firm statement.
“Perkins has a real leadership position in the kind of work that I do in privacy, cybersecurity, and internet advertising,” Evans told Bloomberg Law.
Perkins Coie, an AmLaw 100 firm with more than $1 billion in revenue last year, is one of a few major law firms to delay its official office return date to early 2022, citing concerns around the Delta variant.
Last week, Perkins Coie named former Department of Energy adviser Laura Morton as an environmental partner in its Washington office. Morton was most recently senior direct or policy and regulatory affairs for offshore wind at American Clean Power, a renewable energy trade association.
“Eric’s strong background as a successful litigation counselor to the technology sector will benefit our clients with respect to litigation strategy, and particularly within the Northern District of California,” said Daphne Higgs, Perkins Coie’s Palo Alto office managing partner.
Evans worked for Mayer Brown for more than 16 years, and he’s worked with multiple Bay Area technology firms. Before Mayer Brown, he was an attorney with Cooley.
He specializes in internet advertising, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, which enable him to live “about two years in the future,” according to his LinkedIn profile.
“The center of gravity of the advertising business right now is on various forms of customizing and targeting advertising,” Evans said. “Machine learning is a key way to do that, so a case that is about internet advertising will often turn on precise details on a machine learning customization tool.”
Prior to his legal career, Evans was an associate director of instructional technology at Denison University in Granville, Ohio.