Evan Young's practice focuses on trial and appellate litigation. He has argued cases before both the Supreme Court of the United States and the Supreme Court of Texas. Ranging from those courts to state trial courts, he has represented clients across the country before every level of the state and federal judiciary. He is the Litigation Department Chair in the Austin office.
Before joining Baker Botts, Mr. Young worked as a lawyer in the judicial and executive branches of the federal government. He served as a law clerk to Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and then to Justice Antonin Scalia at the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 2006, after his clerkship with Justice Scalia ended, Mr. Young became Counsel to the Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, serving in the Office of the Attorney General under Attorneys General Alberto R. Gonzales and Michael B. Mukasey. While on the Attorney General’s staff, he accepted a detail to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, where he was the Deputy Rule of Law Coordinator. In that position he worked to assist the Iraqi government in its efforts to strengthen its legal regime, including, for example, its courts and prison system. He returned to Texas and joined the Austin office of Baker Botts in 2009.
Mr. Young is currently the Chair of the State Bar of Texas Business Law Section. He was nominated by Governor Abbott and confirmed by the Texas Senate as a member of the Texas Judicial Council, and was appointed by the Texas Supreme Court to the Supreme Court Advisory Committee. He has taught Federal Courts at the University of Texas School of Law every spring semester since 2015, and was voted Professor of the Year in 2016. He is an Elected Member of the American Law Institute and a frequent speaker at legal conferences.