CONTACT: Kenneth A. Brown, OSBA, 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426
Columbus, OHIO (Nov. 1, 2010) – Lawyers fight for their clients every day in courtrooms across Ohio. Columbus trial lawyer and Ohio State Bar Association member Gordon Evans is one of them, but you will also find him fighting outside the courtroom—in a boxing ring.
“I love the competition of trying cases, but you can’t hit the other side,” Evans said. “As a former football player, I missed the contact and the adrenaline you get from playing contact sports. Boxing was a natural fit.”
Evans first began boxing three years ago, but his first major amateur competition was earlier this year at the Ringside Boxing Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri. In just 15 seconds, he won the masters’ division heavyweight championship when he knocked out his taller, heavier opponent. “I prepared hard for this fight, and I think it shows that if you train and work hard, and you take it seriously, you’ll be successful.”
Evans received his undergraduate degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College, where he played middle linebacker for the school’s football team, and his law degree from Capital University Law School. He works for The Donahey Law Firm in Columbus, representing clients in medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuits. “The firm has been very supportive of me, and, in fact, Dick Donahey was a boxer when he was younger.”
Evans admits that his wife, Becky, initially thought he was crazy to start boxing. “At first, she was nervous and scared. Now, she knows my passion for boxing and how hard I train and she really enjoys it.”
The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 25,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio as well as nearly 4,000 legal assistants and law students. Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.
EDITORS NOTE: Evans’s residence zip code is 43215. A video interview with Evans is available on the Ohio State Bar Association website and YouTube channel.