Evan C. Borges
Evan Borges is a trial attorney with more than 30 years of experience in complex business litigation matters. He maintains a national practice and has served as lead trial and litigation counsel in cases pending in state and federal courts across the United States.
Mr. Borges has litigated cases in a wide range of areas of the law, including securities and investments; fraud; business torts; financial institutions; lender liability; real estate; corporate governance disputes, buy-outs and dissolutions; shareholder and consumer class action litigation; private attorney general actions; state attorney general actions; federal agency enforcement actions; unfair competition; trade secrets; director and officer liability; bankruptcy; debtor-creditor relations; fraudulent conveyance; professional liability; insurance coverage and bad faith; environmental; employment litigation; and trust and probate litigation. His clients include public companies, private businesses, and individuals.
Mr. Borges began his career in 1987 in the litigation department of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. In 1992, he was recruited by the Bass Organization of Fort Worth, Texas, joining a team of private-sector attorneys who, in conjunction with the FDIC, liquidated billions of dollars in assets and liabilities of the former American Savings and Loan Association. The liquidation involved bankruptcy, state and federal court proceedings, as well as assets, throughout the United States. American Savings remains the largest and costliest savings and loan failure in U.S. history.
Mr. Borges thereafter joined a boutique bankruptcy firm as partner and became head of the firm’s litigation department. In 2000, Mr. Borges joined Irell & Manella LLP, where he practiced law for 15 years. At Irell, Mr. Borges served as lead counsel in numerous high-profile, national cases pending in federal and state courts across the United States.
- Counsel to high net worth investor in action against managers and promoters of over $1 billion private equity fund. Obtained significant preliminary injunction preventing future capital calls to client. Action remains pending in New York.
- Obtained summary judgment, on behalf of national bank against guarantors of commercial loan, on fraud and breach of contract claims of over $40 million. Action pending in Central District of California.
- Obtained dismissal at the pleading stage of major malpractice action against regional law firm, based on intersection of state law and bankruptcy law. In separate matters, participated in defense of national law firms in various confidential matters.
- Obtained dismissal and resolution of intentional tort claims against high profile owner of technology business, without client contributing funds toward settlement.
- Represented investors in tax shelter limited partnership; prior to litigation, investment manager claimed clients entitled to no consideration and refused to negotiate; after litigation, obtained settlement valued in high seven figures involving transfer to clients of income generating multi-tenant apartment complex.
- Represented former CEO of public company who previously had signed settlement agreement with releases of unknown claims. Commenced binding arbitration alleging fraud and negligent misrepresentation involving change in control rights. After full hearing, defendant agreed to settlement valued in millions.
- Represented plaintiff investor in investment fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and securities action. After six week jury trial, client awarded full compensatory damages and punitive damages. Judgment affirmed on appeal.
- Obtained dismissal, based on anti-SLAPP motion, of over $20 million tort and contract claims against real estate developer client. Court also awarded client its attorneys’ fees.
- Represented member of high profile U.S. family in multi-state trust and probate litigation involving assets worth over $300 million and claims of intentional torts, competency, and undue influence. Obtained settlement favorable to client.
- Lead litigation and trial counsel for publicly traded national subprime mortgage lender, First Alliance Mortgage Company, in chapter 11 case heard by United States District Court. First Alliance, along with its directors and officers, had been accused of predatory lending and fraudulent business practices in a series of class actions, private attorney general actions, state attorney general actions, and a Federal Trade Commission action. Litigation lasted over 18 months. Structured and implemented settlement of all claims using hybrid class action and bankruptcy plan structures; settlement provides a template for resolution of mass tort claims by private and governmental plaintiffs.
- Lead litigation counsel for chapter 11 debtor, publicly-traded computer software company, Peregrine Systems, Inc. Peregrine had filed bankruptcy following federal indictments and guilty pleas of multiple directors and officers relating to false financial statements, sales and revenue reports. Litigated over $1 billion in claims asserted by hundreds of corporate and other claimants. Obtained adjudication and resolution of all claims in a manner that exceeded projections of debtor’s bankruptcy plan; creditors received payment in full; funds also distributed to equity holders in reorganized entity.
Awards & Recognition
- Named “Lawyer of the Year” for Banking and Finance Litigation in Orange County, Best Lawyers, 2022
- Named “Best Lawyer in America” for Commercial and Bankruptcy Litigation, 2019 – 2022
- Named “Best Lawyer in America” for Banking and Finance Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, and Securities Litigation, 2022
- Named “Southern California Super Lawyer,” 2020
- Named “Lawyer of the Year” for Bankruptcy Litigation in Orange County, Best Lawyers, 2017
Professional & Community Activities
- Orange County Bar Association
- Association of Business Trial Lawyers
Eight Greenberg Gross Lawyers Honored by The Best Lawyers in America 2024 and Partner Evan Borges Named “Lawyer of the Year”
August 2023 |
Five Greenberg Gross Lawyers Honored by The Best Lawyers in America 2023
August 2022 |
Daily Journal Again Names Greenberg Gross One of California’s Top Boutique Law Firms
News | October 2021 |
Five Greenberg Gross Lawyers Honored by The Best Lawyers in America 2022, including Evan Borges as “Lawyer of the Year”
News | August 2021 |
Wayne Gross Selected As “Lawyer of the Year” and Three Greenberg Gross Partners Selected As The Best Lawyers in America 2021
News | August 2020 |
Greenberg Gross LLP Partners Selected as 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers
Press Release | January 2020 |
Greenberg Gross Partners Selected As The Best Lawyers in America 2020
Press Release | August 2019 |
Greenberg Gross LLP Wins Ninth Circuit Appeal For $10 Million In Tax Refunds
News | October 2018 |
$17 Million Settlement Approved – Alleged Violation of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act
Press Release | September 2018 |
Three Partners Selected As The Best Lawyers in America 2019
News | August 2018 |
Greenberg Gross Profiled in Daily Journal
Los Angeles Daily Journal | October 2016 |
Best Lawyers Names Evan Borges “Lawyer of the Year” for Bankruptcy Litigation in Orange County
Press Release | August 2016 |
Greenberg Gross LLP Featured in Coast Magazine's Annual Top Attorneys List
Coast Magazine | October 2015 |
Greenberg Gross LLP Featured in OC Register Metro Top Attorneys List
OC Register Metro | September 2014 |