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J. Evans Rice, III

Washington, D.C.

J. Evans Rice, III

Evans Rice defends clients against government enforcement actions, minimizing the impact to their business and reputation. His practice centers on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and corporate compliance.

Evans' criminal enforcement experience includes defending companies and individuals against allegations of corruption, collusion, money laundering, sanctions violations, environmental crimes, and violations of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Many of the matters he handles are multi-jurisdictional, requiring careful analysis of privacy issues, data protection laws, and blocking statutes, as well as coordination among various state regulators. Evans also has significant experience in congressional investigations and previously served as counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. In the civil context, Evans defends financial institutions and other clients in investigations and litigation under the False Claims Act, the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA), and consumer finance laws and regulations.

Evans regularly counsels clients grappling with challenging anti-corruption compliance issues in various business contexts, including joint ventures in foreign jurisdictions, mergers and acquisitions, and project finance. He regularly assists clients in developing and implementing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance programs.

Before joining Hogan Lovells, Evans was a federal prosecutor at both the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. In 2007 he received the Assistant Attorney General's Award for Superior Performance in securing multiple trial victories in official misconduct cases.

Following law school, Evans clerked for the Honorable Samuel G. Wilson of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.

Representative Experience

Counsel to a leading international credit reporting company in a criminal investigation of alleged bribe payments in China.

Counsel to a Fortune 500 technology company in a civil false claims act investigation in the Southern District of New York.

Counsel to a major mortgage lender in an enforcement action by the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau.

Counsel to a Fortune 500 energy company in a criminal enforcement action under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Counsel to a leading mortgage servicing company in an investigation by the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau.

Counsel to a concert and exhibition promotion company in an FCPA investigation in Egypt.

Counsel to a large orthopedic device manufacturer in a criminal investigation involving allegations of off-label marketing under the FDCA.

Representation of a Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company in an anti-corruption investigation in Mexico.

Counsel to a major environmental remediation firm in a criminal kickback and bid-rigging investigation.

Counsel to numerous executives in anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, off-label marketing, and anti-trust investigations.

Providing anti-corruption compliance counseling to companies in the life sciences, energy, shipping, technology, and manufacturing industries.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., cum laude, Duke University School of Law, 2001
  • M.T.S., summa cum laude, Duke University, 2001
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Wofford College, 1997


  • Member, D.C. Bar, White Collar Subcommittee
  • Member, Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Alabama

Court admissions

  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

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Published Works

CFPB's Mortgage Enforcement Actions in 2015

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