TOP100TRIALLAWYERS The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation- only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. It is our mission to promote a unique and professional networking op- portunity for trial lawyers, while developing progressive ideas to pursue justice for those injured by the negligence of others, to educate the public about the importance of access to courts that are free of bias and undue influence, and to protect the American right of trial by jury. Karen E. Evans The Cochran Firm • Washington, D.C. What was the first job you had? I worked as a cashier at a Dairy Queen in Wilmington, NC. What’s your proudest moment as a trial lawyer? It was being named as the 2018 Trial Lawyer of the Year by The Metropolitan Washington, DC Trial Lawyers Association. I attribute my success to? The strong women role models in my family, starting with my mother; hard work and the grace of God. What is your most notable verdict or settlement? Each settlement and verdict is notable because it represents the capstone of the case and the beginning of a new and improved life for the family. What is your fantasy job? ESPN sports analyst. What is your guilty pleasure? Reading romance novels. What do you like to do in your time off? Time off? LOL! I spend time with my family, read, play golf, fish, and watch TV. What’s your favorite hobby? Golf What’s one word that describes you? Tenacious What keeps you awake at night? Worrying about deadlines and achieving goals. What newspaper do you generally read daily? The New York Times and The Washington Post — NTL MEMBERSHIP NEWS & NOTES — What advice would you give a young attorney? Be a life-long learner, work hard but make time for family and friends. How do you relax? Sitting on my porch enjoying the quiet. What’s your most embarrassing moment in life? I was the host for an Alumni gala. As I was leaving the stage, I tripped and almost fell down the steps, but was able to catch myself and avoid a tumble. When I collected myself enough to determine the cause of the near miss, I discovered that a portion of my fancy shoe remained on the step for all to see. I collected my shoe and danced the night away, sans shoes. I was dubbed the shoeless dancer.