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May 14, 2024 by |

San Francisco and California Plaintiffs’ Attorneys: The Importance Of Civil Litigation In Protecting The Public


Actions By State And Local Government Lawyers

Focus On Protecting Consumers

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Evans Law Firm, Inc. is a plaintiff’s law firm.  Our lawyers represent individual plaintiffs injured by fraud, financial elder abuse, or other torts or breaches of contract or duty.  We also represent groups of injured plaintiffs joined together in class action lawsuits to vindicate their rights or protect consumers from the harmful acts of corporations and businesses.  The firm’s commitment to representing individual and classes of consumers grew out of our founder Ingrid M. Evans’s years as a successful litigator in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office.

While at the City Attorney’s Office, Ingrid worked on important cases against gun manufacturers and lead paint manufacturers.  These cases were true benchmarks in government actions against industries profiting from manufacture and sales of inherently dangerous products like guns and lead paint.  In the lead paint litigation, Ingrid worked as part of the City Attorney’s team seeking to hold paint manufacturers responsible for the hazards of lead paint to the public, especially children.  The City’s gun litigation focused on the accountability of manufacturers, distributors and trade associations for deceptive practices in the sales of handguns used to commit violent crimes.

Evolution of Local And State Attorney Consumer Litigations

Consumer cases like the ones Ingrid worked on reflected a change in the focus of local and state attorneys general and district attorneys. For most of their history, district attorneys and attorneys general were largely focused on advising state and local officials on legal matters and representing local agencies in court.  That changed drastically in the 1990s, when states came together to sue tobacco companies and won a $206 billion settlement to cover the cost of medical care related to smoking. The lawsuit helped redefine the role of local district attorneys (DAs), city attorneys, and state attorney generals (AGs) as powerful positions in local and state government.  Through high-profile lawsuits against corporations, AGs and DAs and/or City Attorneys could directly affect policy and build a reputation as a champion of the people.

But complex litigation against large companies can require years of investigation and legal work, with no guarantee of success. Increasingly, states and local governments have turned to private lawyers willing to work on contingency as a way to stretch limited resources.  Contingency cases have recouped billions of dollars on behalf of the public and have become a critical way to regulate the behavior of powerful industries and large corporations.

Evans Law Firm Commitment To Consumer Litigation

In addition to working on the benchmark gun and lead paint consumer protection cases, Ingrid also brought the City’s first civil elder abuse action on behalf of an injured senior citizen in San Francisco. Ingrid continued her commitments to consumer and elder litigation when she founded Evans Law Firm many years ago. The firm is focused on representation of individual and class action plaintiffs, especially seniors, harmed by the deceptive practices or other misconduct of corporations and businesses.

Contact Us

Ingrid M. Evans and the other plaintiffs’ lawyers at Evans Law Firm, Inc. represent plaintiffs in financial elder abuse cases, consumer fraud cases, cases where consumers are sold unsuitable insurance policies or investment products, and whistleblower and qui tam actions for fraud against agencies of the United States government or the State of California at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=””></a>. Our attorneys have experience with complex financial contracts and large insurance companies.  We can help guide your case through a jury trial or toward an equitable settlement.  We handle cases involving physical and financial elder abuse, qui tam and whistleblower law, nursing home abuse, whole life insurance and universal life insurance, and indexed, variable, and fixed annuities.

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