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An Atlanta-based commercial litigator who has served as outside counsel to the past two GOP speakers of the U.S. House of Representatives has been stripped of a pro hac vice admission by a Philadelphia Commerce Court trial judge who accused the white practitioner of racially pandering to the predominantly African-American jury that ultimately found against his client in a March 2006 insurance case.

The general counsel at J. Randolph Evans’ firm, McKenna Long & Aldridge, said that while Judge Howland W. Abramson’s post-trial revocation order did not affect Evans’ ability to try ACE American Insurance Co. v. Underwriters at Lloyd’s, the firm is intent on having Abramson reversed, as such a ruling has the potential to damage the reputation of a national practitioner like Evans.

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