In Memoriam: Randy Evans


Minneapolis, May 23, 2017 — We are grieved to announce the death of our shareholder Randy Evans, who passed away today following a courageous battle with cancer. Randy was a leader in the firm’s Corporate Finance/M&A group, where he guided buyers, sellers, investors and lenders through complex transactions. His breadth of experience and constructive business approach to solving transactional issues made Randy one of the pillars of our firm’s national multi-unit retail and restaurant practice.

Today we mourn more than just an exceptional attorney – we mourn an irreplaceable colleague, who embodied so many of the values we prize in our firm: a conviction that collective success overrides self-interest; a belief that our actions must be guided at all times by honesty and integrity; a non-hierarchical, egalitarian vision of a work environment; respect for others; and relish for the hard work necessary to earn and keep our clients’ confidence and trust.

Beyond that, we mourn our dearest friend, a man of great personal warmth and generosity, whose easy and open manner put others at ease, whose curiosity was engaging, and whose words of advice and counsel were always a product of attentive listening. Down-to-earth, full of wit and empathy, Randy readily and enthusiastically immersed himself in the projects he cherished, both large and small – whether it be long-distance running, support for Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, or organizing block parties with his neighbors. The pleasure he took in life was palpable, and we will miss sharing it with him.

Our deepest sympathies go to Randy’s wife, Debbie, his sons, Chris and Andrew, and the rest of his family – of which we consider ourselves a part.