Fifth Court of Appeals
David Evans was appointed in November 2019 to serve on the Fifth Court of Appeals. He previously served from 2012 through 2018. Justice Evans has authored approximately 700 opinions and participated in deciding approximately 2,000 cases. Chief Justice Wright directed Justices Evans and Whitehill to oversee for the Court the renovation of the Merrill Hartman Courtroom to accommodate panel and en banc oral arguments as well as the trial court’s significant jury trials.
Justice Evans served as District Judge of the 95th Judicial District Court from March through October, 2019. Previously he served as District Judge of the 193rd Judicial District Court from 1999-2006. While a district judge, Justice Evans was elected by the thirty-nine district judges of Dallas County to serve as the Local Administrative District Judge of Dallas County for 2004, 2005, and 2006. The thirteen civil district judges of Dallas County elected Justice Evans to serve as Presiding Judge of the Civil District Courts of Dallas County in 2003. In 2006, the Texas Supreme Court appointed Justice Evans to serve as a Member of the Texas Supreme Court’s Task Force on Jury Assembly & Administration. Justice Evans drafted the initial version of statutes that the Legislature passed that reformed abusive litigation tactics regarding recusal of judges. See Tex. Civ. Prac. Rem. Code Ann. §§ 30.016, -.017.
Justice Evans served as judge of County Court at Law No. 1 of Dallas County from 1995-1998. He drafted the initial version of statutes that increased and clarified the jurisdiction of the civil and criminal statutory county courts in Dallas County. See Tex. Govt. Code Ann. §§ 25.0592(a), (c), (d); 25.05939(a).
Justice Evans’ private law practice involved trials and appeals of business disputes. In addition, Justice Evans has served parties and lawyers as a mediator and arbitrator.
Justice Evans graduated from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 1984. He was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Air Law & Commerce and authored Comment, The Impact of the Federal Aviation Act of 1958 on Buyers in the Ordinary Course of Business, 48 J. Air L. & Com. 835 (1983). Justice Evans served as a justice on the Moot Court Board 1983-1984 and ABA Regional Competition Coordinator 1984. Justice Evans received his B.A. cum laude from the University of Connecticut in 1977 double majoring in Philosophy and Greek. He studied Hebrew and Greek at Dallas Theological Seminary from 1977-1981.
Justice Evans donated one of his kidneys to retired Chief Justice Carolyn Wright who is doing extremely well. Justice Evans’ community involvement includes being a member of the Dallas County Juvenile Board in 2004, 2005, and 2006 and a member of the Dallas County Juvenile Justice Charter School Board in 2004, 2005, and 2006. Justice Evans presided over evening court cases for the convenience of impoverished parties. Justice Evans has taught and continues to teach law and ethical advocacy to Texas lawyers and judges and did so as an Adjunct Instructor in Law, Trial Techniques Program, Emory University Law School in 1998 and 2000.
Justice Evans is honored to receive the Hero Award from the American Board of Trial Advocates – Dallas in 2019; the Resolution Supporting Living Organ Donations from Dallas County Commissioners Court, 2019; the Trial Judge of the Year 2005 award from the American Board of Trial Advocates – Dallas and the 2002 Outstanding Judicial Pro Bono Services award from the Dallas Bar Association & Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. Justice Evans is a Life Fellow of the Texas and Dallas Bar Foundations.
Justice Evans has been married to his wife for over forty years. They have two, grown children.