February 04, 2011

2010 Winner and Finalists

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2010 National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award


The ABA YLD National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award is presented annually to recognize an ABA young lawyer who exhibits professional excellence, service to the profession and the bar, service to the community, and/or a reputation for the advancement of legal ethics and professional responsibility. The winner will be recognized during an award presentation at the 2011 ABA Midyear Meeting in Atlanta, GA.


David M. Evans, 2010 ABA YLD National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award Winner

David M. Evans
Langley & Banack, Inc.
San Antonio, TX

Nominated by the Texas Young Lawyers Association

David M. Evans is a Shareholder at the law firm of Langley & Banack, Inc. in San Antonio, Texas.  He practices primarily in employment and commercial litigation, and has practiced before numerous state and federal courts in Texas. 

Dave regularly advises clients on employment and commercial law matters, and especially enjoys helping clients come up with practical business solutions to difficult legal problems.  Recently, Dave first-chaired a multi-week jury trial of a construction contract dispute, which resulted in a $6.3 million dollar verdict in favor of his client. 

Dave graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 2001.  He then began working in the Labor & Employment section of Akin, Gump’s San Antonio office, where he had the good fortune of working for some tremendous (and patient) attorneys, who mentored him extensively. 

In 2004, Dave moved to Langley & Banack, where he had clerked during summers while in law school.  Not long after arriving, Dave attended his first San Antonio Young Lawyer Association (SAYLA) event at the urging of his friend and firm colleague, Sylvia Cardona. 

Dave later ran for and was elected a SAYLA Director.  Dave eventually served as SAYLA’s President, focusing during his term on expanding membership and automating SAYLA’s membership management through the organization’s website.  Dave also stressed empowering committee chairs to oversee SAYLA’s signature events.  During this time, Dave helped coach several high school mock trial teams.  Over the years, he has kept in touch with a few of the members of these mock trial teams, whose continued educational success makes him very proud to know them.    

In 2006, Dave joined the San Antonio Bar Foundation as a Trustee.  He next served at the Foundation’s Secretary, and currently serves as its Treasurer.  He has co-chaired the Foundation’s annual Fun Run Event for lawyers and their families.

Dave also serves on the Board of Directors for the San Antonio Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, an organization he first became familiar with while in college.  Nearly fifty members of Dave’s firm recently came together for a Habitat Build Day, helping two local families on their way to realizing their dream of home ownership.

Dave is also active with Meritas, a worldwide affiliation of law firms.  In 2006, Dave was selected to participate in Meritas’s inaugural Leadership Institute class with peers from other member firms.  Through this experience, Dave has forged lasting friendships with attorneys from all over the world.         

Dave was selected for the San Antonio Outstanding Young Lawyer in 2010, and later that year received the Texas Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the Texas Young Lawyer Association.  Dave has also been recognized by his peers through his inclusion in multiple best lawyer lists in Scene in SA Magazine and as a Rising Star in Texas Monthly’s Best Lawyers issue. 
Dave considers himself blessed to live and work in San Antonio, which has a tremendously supportive and close-knit legal community. Over the years, he has worked with and against numerous local attorneys, who never hesitate to mentor and counsel him along the way.  He considers this ABA award a testament to their support and confidence.         

Dave is married to Katie Tedesco-Evans, whom he met while both were undergraduates at Centenary College of Louisiana.  Katie and Dave have one daughter, Sophia Louise, who brings them endless joy.  Katie and Dave are huge advocates of their walkable and eclectic neighborhood, Mahncke Park, where they enjoy impromptu get-togethers and projects with their neighbors and giving tender loving care to their Arts and Crafts home, which just celebrated its hundredth birthday.     


Jessica King, 2010 ABA YLD National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award Finalist

Jessica J. King
Compass Law, S.C.
Oshkosh, WI
Nominated by the State Bar of Wisconsin Young Lawyers Division

Jessica is the sole shareholder of Compass Law, S.C., where she represents consumers and small businesses. In 2010 Jessica received an appointment from the United States Trustee for Region 11, United States Department of Justice, to serve as a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Jessica has represented both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Trustees before the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bankruptcy Court and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Jessica’s early bankruptcy experience was gained as an Associate with the firm of Steinhilber, Swanson, Mares, Marone & McDermott in Oshkosh, WI.

Jessica served on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Young Lawyers Division from 2004 through 2010, serving as President in 2008. Jessica has served on the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors, along with its Executive Committee and Convention Committee. In 2006 Jessica was selected by the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Wisconsin to serve as the Wisconsin young lawyers’ representative to ABA’s House of Delegates. Jessica currently serves as Wisconsin’s Interim State Delegate to the House of Delegates.

In 2007 she organized collaboration between Wisconsin’s county bar associations, Gannett Publishing, Inc., and school districts in nine counties to produce a Law Day educational guide and classroom presentation.  The educational guides were distributed to over 500,000 people, and 73 lawyers volunteered to make presentations to students on Law Day to discuss the value of separation of powers and the role of the judiciary. This Law Day Public Service program received a Special Recognition Award of Achievement from the ABA YLD in 2007.

In 2007 Jessica was elected to an at-large position on the Oshkosh Common Council, representing over 65,000 people in Wisconsin’s eighth largest city. In 2008 Jessica was selected to receive the Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award. This award honors a local elected official’s commitment to pursuing strong public policy on behalf of her constituents. Jessica currently serves as Deputy Mayor of the City of Oshkosh.

In 2008 Jessica was selected to become a member of the American Council for Young Elected Leaders (ACYPL).  ACYPL is a bi-partisan, not-for-profit international exchange organization, with grantee affiliation to the United States Department of State. She served as a member of a bi-partisan delegation to the Philippines. In this capacity she was afforded the opportunity to develop dialogue and exchange information with young elected officials from the Philippines regarding the importance of democracy, the rule of law and good governance.

Jessica is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. In 2005 Jessica was awarded the Outstanding Organization Advisor Award for her mentorship of undergraduates involved in various extra-curricular programs.

Jessica is admitted to practice in Wisconsin, District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Jessica received her J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2001 and her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Amanda Sansone, 2010 ABA YLD National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award Finalist

Amanda A. Sansone
Carlton Fields Attorneys at Law
Tampa, FL
Nominated by the Hillsborough County Bar Association - Young Lawyers' Division

Amanda Arnold Sansone’s legal practice is focused on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on class action defense. She is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, has been selected by Florida Super Lawyers  as a 2009 and 2010 Florida Rising Star, and was listed as an “Up-and-Comer” in Florida Trend’s 2007, 2008, and 2010 Florida Legal Elite.

Amanda is active in the Tampa legal community. In recognition for her work for the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the Young Lawyers’ Division Board named Amanda its 2010 Outstanding Young Lawyer. She is the past President as well as past Treasurer and Board Member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Division. Amanda was also selected to serve as a member of the Federal Magistrate Judge Selection Committee for the Middle District of Florida. She is serving a three year term as a member of one of the Florida Bar’s Grievance Committees. As a member of the Grievance Committee, Amanda investigates possible attorney misconduct referred to her Committee by Florida Bar discipline attorneys.  Additionally, Amanda has been a member of the American Bar Association since 2006 and the Federal Bar Association since 2004. She also served two terms as a Pupil in the J. Clifford Cheatwood Inn of Court (formerly the William Glenn Terrell Inn of Court).  

Amanda is also active in community organizations. She was recently selected to participate in the Leadership Tampa’s 2010-2011 class. A staunch advocate for pro bono and community activities, Amanda has recorded hundreds of pro bono hours and was recently awarded the Wm. Reece Smith, Jr., Pro Bono Award by her colleagues at Carlton Fields. In addition to handling pro bono litigation, she currently participates in the Family Forms Clinic for Bay Area Legal Services and serves as an Attorney Ad Litem for the Juvenile Delinquency Division of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Hillsborough County, Florida.  Amanda is also a member of the Athena Society and the Tampa Theatre.  She is a former member of the Leadership Council for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. 

Prior to joining Carlton Fields, Amanda served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Charles R. Wilson, United States Circuit Court for the Eleventh Circuit, from 2004 to 2005. From 2002 to 2004, Amanda clerked for the Honorable Susan C. Bucklew, United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. She is admitted to practice in all Florida courts, the Middle, Northern, and Southern District Courts of Florida, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Amanda received her law degree, with honors, in 2002 from the University of Florida College of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies, with honors, in 1998 from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. She also studied international law at Universiteit Leiden in Leiden, Netherlands in the Spring of 2002.