Martin Frederic “Rick” Evans, served as the firm’s Presiding Partner from July 1998 until his retirement in June 2011. Rick's practice focused on the litigation, negotiation and resolution of conflicts involving complex financial and economic issues, frequently in a regulatory environment. Mr. Evans has litigated and advised extensively in the insurance and antitrust and trade practice areas. He has negotiated, litigated and advised on insurance regulatory issues, securities laws issues, international trade issues and communications issues.

Mr. Evans was a contributor to the Antitrust Advisor (second edition) and the National Commission for the Review of Antitrust Laws & Procedures (1978). He is the author of “Emerging Antitrust Issues for the Cable TV Industry” (1982), “Bank Mergers and Acquisitions: Antitrust Considerations and Developments,” (Practising Law Institute 1988) and “Acquisitions and Mergers,” (Annual Practising Law Institute Antitrust Law Institute, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992). Mr. Evans is a member of the American Bar Association, Antitrust Section, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.  Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2004) and Chambers Global The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2004-2005) recommended Mr. Evans as a leader in antitrust law.

Mr. Evans joined Debevoise in 1972 and became a partner in 1981. He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1969 and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1972. Mr. Evans is admitted to appear before the United States Supreme Court, Second Circuit, Ninth Circuit, D.C. Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.


  • Yale Law School, 1972, J.D.
  • University of Virginia, 1969, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • New York