Randy Evans, Dentons, Atlanta ()
A report Friday that Dentons partner Randy Evans is likely to be President Donald Trump’s pick to be ambassador to Luxembourg means the Atlanta Big Law community could get another alumnus in the ambassador ranks.
Evans, a Republican National Committee member, couldn’t be reached by the Daily Report on Friday. He declined to comment in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution article citing “two people with direct knowledge” of his chances for the job.
In 1996, President Bill Clinton tapped Wyche Fowler, a former Powell Goldstein partner and former U.S. senator, to be ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
The next year, Clinton chose Gordon Giffin of Dentons’ predecessor firm, Long Aldridge & Norman, to represent the U.S. in Canada. Giffin is now a partner of Evans.
When President George W. Bush took office, he picked Robert McCallum Jr., an Alston & Bird partner (and a friend from college) to serve in Australia.
And President Barack Obama selected David Adelman, a partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, to be ambassador to Singapore. Now a partner at Reed Smith in New York and Hong Kong, Adelman told the Daily Report on Friday by email, “Representing the United States as a diplomat is public service for which lawyers are especially well suited because we are trained to consider unintended consequences.”
Evans and his law partner Shari Klevens author the biweekly “In Practice” column for the Daily Report.