Elaine Evans is a highly skilled, effective trial attorney who has tried over 100 criminal jury trials. Prior to becoming a criminal defense attorney, Elaine was a prosecutor at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office for nearly 15 years. During her tenure at the DA’s office, she served in the family violence division, child abuse division, and both the misdemeanor and felony trial divisions. Elaine was a Chief Felony Prosecutor for over 9 years, where she supervised other up and coming prosecutors and managed the daily docket of all cases assigned to the Court. She was featured on an episode of After the First 48 on the A & E Network.
Elaine has dedicated her career to excelling as a trial attorney. She attended both Trial Advocacy I and II in Columbia, South Carolina at the exclusive training center operated by the Department of Justice. Here, she worked one-on-one with both state and federal prosecutors on advanced trial skills and effective courtroom presence. She has extensive experience and knowledge in trying all types of cases and has served as lead counsel on numerous jury trials for capital murder, murder, manslaughter, aggravated robbery, aggravated sexual assault of a child, burglary of a habitation and drug possession offenses. Additionally, Elaine participated in two capital murder trials where the death penalty was sought by the State of Texas.
Prior to becoming an assistant district attorney, Elaine had years of experience working as a legal assistant in a prestigious criminal defense law office and had great success providing legal services in the Criminal Defense Clinic at Southern Methodist University. She not only participated as a student in the clinic but had the honor of serving as a Chief for a year, assisting other fellow law students in representing indigent defendants. Elaine gained the respect of many seasoned trial attorneys early in her career after a case she handled in clinic. Due to her attention to detail and knowledge of the law, Elaine was successful in having the evidence thrown out at a pre-trial hearing where she argued the traffic stop was bad. Not only was this important for her young client charged with possession of marijuana, but it caused the City of Dallas to change all traffic signs that read “no left turn Fri-Sat” (located primarily in Deep Ellum & on Greenville Avenue). As a result of Elaine’s work on this case, numerous cases were reviewed and later dismissed due to the illegal traffic stop she recognized and brought to the Court’s attention.
Elaine was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in November 2001. She received a Juris Doctorate in 2001 from Southern Methodist University. While at SMU, she participated in the Death Penalty Project, assisting her professor in the appeal and review of evidence for a defendant on Texas Death Row. She was also a member of SMU’s Mock Trial team. In 1998, Elaine received a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Methodist University for her double majors in Political Science and Sociology. She is a member of the exclusive College of the State Bar, a designation reserved for those completing an extraordinary amount of continuing legal education. She is originally from Camden, Arkansas and an avid Razorback fan.