The University of Maine School of Law has named alumnus David J. Evans, a partner in the global law firm of Clifford Chance, the 2011 recipient of its L. Kinvin Wroth Award. Evans will receive the award at Maine Law’s commencement, scheduled for 10 a.m., this Saturday, May 21, in Merrill Auditorium, Portland.
The L. Kinvin Wroth Award, named after former Dean L. Kinvin Wroth, honors a Maine Law graduate who has achieved distinction in his or her career by contributing as a leader, locally, nationally, or globally, and who has helped advance his or her alma mater.
Evans is a partner at Clifford Chance US LLP in Washington D.C., where he serves as co-head of the Americas Energy & Projects Group. He has been involved in energy and finance matters his entire career, including positions as staff counsel to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission investigating the accident at Three Mile Island. He also has served as Chevron's chief natural gas lawyer, as vice president and general counsel of an independent power developer, and as a partner in two major law firms.
His current practice primarily involves representing both lenders and developers of international energy projects, such as the Camisea Gas Pipeline Project in Peru. He also advises clients on renewable energy projects in the United States, and currently leads a team advising the U.S. Department of Energy as guarantor of financing for such projects under the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Evans is recognized in numerous industry listings, including “Chambers,” “Who's Who in Project Finance,” and “Best Lawyers in America.”
Prior to joining Clifford Chance, Evans was vice president and general counsel of KMR Power Corporation, a power development company founded by Rockefeller & Company, and a partner at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro. He became a partner at Clifford Chance in 1998. He graduated summa cum laude from Boston University in 1975, and earned his J.D. cum laude in 1978 from the University of Maine School of Law.
Since 2007, Evans has served as president of the University of Maine School of Law Foundation and is a member of Maine Law’s Board of Visitors. As president of the Foundation, he has been a tireless advocate for advancing the school. He has provided leadership in the Foundation’s major gifts program, and in building and growing the Maine Law endowment.