Georgia attorney tapped to be U.S. ambassador made millions at firm

Randy Evans, left, with ethics watchdog George Anderson in 2012. PHIL SKINNER / PSKINNER@AJC.COM

WASHINGTON — The veteran Georgia attorney President Donald Trump tapped to be ambassador to Luxembourg is worth up to $18 million, according to financial disclosures filed with the federal government.

Randy Evans, a well-connected GOP lawyer and prominent Republican National Committee member, also logged more than $3 million in recent income from his partnership at the mega lawfirm Denton’s, according to the forms, including a $2.8 million salary and $139,000 bonus.

The Daily Report, the legal publication that first reported about the disclosures, said the income was from an 18-month period between January 2016 and June 2017, but that timeframe was not clear based on the federal paperwork viewed by Insider.

Evans, who counts Gov. Nathan Deal and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as clients, claimed between $6.8 million and nearly $18 million in assets and investments, including retirement accounts. He also disclosed board positions he held with Gingrich Productions, the ex-Georgia congressman’s production company, and Lubbers Agency, a TV talent company owned by Gingrich’s daughter.

Among his clients at Denton’s, Evans listed Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Capitol Hill’s wealthiest congressman, who unsuccessfully sued a political challenger for defamation. He also represented former Fox News co-president Bill Shine, the longtime Roger Ailes deputy who was quickly ousted as the network faced a spate of lawsuits. 

Evans promised in his ethics forms to resign from his positions at Denton’s, Lubbers and Gingrich Productions — the former has an office in Luxembourg — and to forgo any severance payments.

In an accompanying letter to an ethics official at the State Department, Evans said he would “not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter in which I know that I have a financial interest directly and predictably affected by the matter” unless he first gets a waiver.

Trump officially nominated Evans last month for the position in the western European nation known for its medieval castles and wineries. Officials at the federal Office of Government Ethics signed off on his ethics agreement last week.

Evans must be confirmed by the Senate before he can be sworn in. A hearing date has yet to be set.

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BDCoole
BDCoole

Perhaps you could've noted Mr. Evans grew up a poor country boy, who by hard work, discipline, and living a moral life, became a successful citizen, raised a fine family and remained humble. After all, you do know him.

doubleg
doubleg

And the point of the story is...................?  He's rich?  He's successful?  Oh, the times in which we live, and the people we have to tolerate (you know, idiots?).

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curt49
curt49

I'm not concerned that the man is successful. My concern is his connection to Gingrich, the arrogant self centered slimeball who shut down the government over bad seating on AF 1, claimed a mentally ill  mother who murdered her children in SC was an example of "liberal values",taught a political course that promoted current hateful tone of US politics and  dumped his cancer stricken wife for the current bimbo. 

By association, this is just more of the muck from the bottom of Trump's swamp.

PDPDP8
PDPDP8

Quite well said.

JERALDWATTS
JERALDWATTS

@curt49 Right, "curt49," perhaps his (Evans) legal representation of people like the "Grinch," who was so disgusting and cowardly in dodging the draft, hid behind his wife's coat tails writing his Tulane thesis on "education in the Belgian Congo " while in Belgium, but never visited the Congo, shutting down the government, loved to be called, "professor," when he couldn't get tenure, cheated on his wives, and so embarrassingly was driven from the speakership in a disgraceful manner leaves him (Evans) to be questioned, then again the "Grinch" was, I believe his teacher in what was actually a "political course," not real history??

JERALDWATTS
JERALDWATTS

@curt49 I once had a friend who was an excellent criminal defense attorney and he said, "You don't have to like your client, but you do have to give them the best legal representation you can." 

JKToole
JKToole

Luxembourg is a monarchy about the same size as Ware County. An ambassadorship to it is a gift and nearly as wasteful as an ambassadorship to the Vatican.

RoyalDawg
RoyalDawg

How dare the President appoint a successful person!!

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Rickster_
Rickster_

Would you rather have a poor, uneducated person nominated to be our ambassador to another country? Way to try and stir up that class/wealth envy!

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