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Blair B. Evans

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Memphis
T: 901.577.2192
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Blair B. Evans is a creditors' rights, collections and business litigator with experience representing major automotive and commercial equipment creditors, banks, credit unions, and nonbank auto finance companies in replevin, government seizure and collection actions in state and federal courts.

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How Ride-Sharing, Self-Driving Cars and Fewer Teen Drivers Are Impacting the Auto Finance Industry October 26, 2016

Featured Experience

Provided long-term representation of a major automotive creditor in state court trials involving breach of contract actions and replevins.

Successful representation of major automotive creditors in contests of vehicle confiscations by law enforcement agencies before the Tennessee Department of Safety, Tennessee Board of Claims, Shelby County Criminal Court and U.S. Department of Justice.

Long-term representation of a large local credit union in replevin actions, vehicle forfeiture proceedings, foreclosures, bankruptcy proceedings and state court collections actions.

Professional Biography

Overview

In addition to her extensive representation of auto finance lenders and other financial institutions, Ms. Evans also represents assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and health care facilities, advising them in the drafting of their financial agreements and litigating their collection and eviction actions in state and federal courts. Furthermore, she assists commercial real estate companies in their eviction proceedings in state courts and U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Ms. Evans advises employers and financial and credit institutions on garnishments, levies and executions and regularly represents employers and their insurers in workers' compensation matters before the Tennessee Department of Labor. She has tried more than 20 jury trials in addition to innumerable bench trials, and served as a deputy prosecuting attorney before entering private practice. Ms. Evans also leverages her previous experience as senior counsel at a national non-profit to better understand the business side of legal decision-making, along with the need for cost-containment and a focus on the client's definition of success.

Ms. Evans works out of the Memphis office and serves as chair of the Firm's Auto Finance Team.

Representative Matters
  • Manages and litigates matters for a national bank's commercial debt recovery portfolio.

  • Provided long-term representation of a major automotive creditor in state court trials involving breach of contract actions and replevins.

  • Successful representation of major automotive creditors in contests of vehicle confiscations by law enforcement agencies before the Tennessee Department of Safety, Tennessee Board of Claims, Shelby County Criminal Court and U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Long-term representation of a large local credit union in replevin actions, vehicle forfeiture proceedings, foreclosures, bankruptcy proceedings and state court collections actions.

  • Extensive representation of property management companies, receivers, banks, and other commercial and residential landlords in forcible eviction and detainer actions.

  • Successful representation of an international elevator producer in state court collection actions.
  • Recovery of debts for assisted living, skilled care, nursing home and other health care facilities in collection and eviction actions in state courts.

  • Numerous trials of consumer credit issues before U.S. Bankruptcy Court for major mortgage companies and automotive creditors.

  • Representation of a local utility provider before state courts in collection matters involving claims of damage.

  • Representation of multiple commercial real estate entities in state court eviction proceedings and in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in actions to lift the automatic stay and adversary proceedings, in which the tenant is ordered to assume or reject a lease.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell in the area of Commercial Litigation
  • Member – Memphis (CLE Committee Chair 2006 – 2007 and Co-Chair 2005 – 2006; Bench Bar Committee Chair 2014 – 2015, Member 2012 – 2013, 2011 – 2012, 2005 – 2006 and 2004 – 2005; Bench Bar CLE Subcommittee, Co-Chair 2013 – 2014; Subcommittee 2005 – 2006 and 2004 – 2005), Arkansas and Tennessee Bar Associations
  • President – Sewanee Club of Memphis (2005 – present)
  • Member – Association of Women Attorneys
  • Member – National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Member – American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Vestry Member – Church of the Holy Communion (Episcopal), (2011 – 2014; Junior Warden, 2013 – 2014; Parish Chancellor, January 2014 – present)  
  • Member – Programming Committee of Baker Donelson Women's Initiative
  • Member – Recruiting Committee (2016 – present)
  • Co-Chair – Recruiting Committee (2018)
  • Member, Board of Directors – St. Columba Episcopal Retreat Center (2017 – present)
  • Baker Donelson Recruiting-Social Activities Subcommittee (Chair, 2008, 2006, 2005; Co-Chair 2004, 2007)
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • "Winning in Leadership Discussion Panel" (November 2018)
  • "General Sessions Court - Civil," Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance Volunteer Attorney Training (March 2016)
  • "Collection Law from Start to Finish: Collecting the Judgment," NBI Seminar (December 2015)

Awards

Education

  • The University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, J.D., 1993
  • The University of the South at Sewanee, B.A., 1990

Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1997
  • Western District of Tennessee, 1997
  • Middle District of Tennessee, 2004
  • Eastern District of Tennessee, 2004
  • Arkansas, 1993
  • Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, 1996
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2008

Featured Media

Baker's Dozen: Best Self-Care Tips
Publication / April 23, 2019
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Publication / December 14, 2018
Winning in Leadership Discussion Panel
Event / November 8, 2018

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