As a partner in Kirkland’s Chicago office, Thomas Evans focuses his practice on the tax aspects of complex business transactions, including financings involving asset-based securities, acquisitions, joint ventures, IPOs, LLC agreements, incorporation of partnerships and general tax advice and planning. His clients are engaged in energy, financial services, private equity, telecommunications, real estate and manufacturing, among other industries. Tom is also involved in tax controversy work, including both administrative appeals and litigation of tax controversies. Prior to re-joining Kirkland, Tom’s experience included a 12-year stint as a Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law (Austin) and service with the Department of Treasury during the key years of 1985–1988. Tom graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, and holds a B.S. in finance from the University of Illinois. He practiced as a CPA before going to law school.


Thought Leadership


Evans, “Selected Tax Issues in Drafting Partnership Agreements,” University of Texas School of Law, 2011 Taxation Conference, December 7, 2011

Maynes & Evans, “A Guide to Health Savings Accounts, and a Plea for Practicality,” Tax Notes, February 9, 2004

Evans & Gallagher, “INDOPCO - The Treasury Finally Acts,” 80 Taxes 47, March, 2002. This article was presented in the fall of 2001 at the University of Chicago Federal Tax Conference. Papers presented at the Conference are traditionally published in the March issue of Taxes

Evans, “The Practical, Ethical & Professionalism Considerations Involved in Unwinding the Transaction,” 36th Annual Southern Federal Tax Institute, October 3, 2001

Evans, “Amortization of Intangible Assets Under Section 197-Application to Business Transactions,” 35th Annual Southern Federal Tax Institute, September 19, 2000

Evans, “Respecting Foreign Mergers,” Tax Notes, July 3, 2000

Evans, “Continuity of Interest and Continuity of Business Enterprise Doctrines in Corporate Reorganizations: The New Rules,” University of Texas School of Law, 46th Annual Taxation Conference, November, 1998

Kleinbard and Evans, “The Role of Mark-to-Market Accounting in a Realization-Based Tax System,” 75 Taxes 788, December, 1997

Evans, “Partnership Taxation - Recent Developments,” Annual Tax Conference, Austin Chapter Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, December, 1996

Evans, “Update on Income Tax: Current Developments,” 12th Annual Tax Conference, Closely Held Businesses and Their Owners, Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants, November, 1996


Certified Public Accountant


Texas Excellence in Teaching Award - University of Texas Law School, 1991

Kugle, Byrne & Alworth Ethics Teaching Award - University of Texas Law School, 1993

Texas Excellence in Teaching Award - University of Texas Law School, 1997


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2001District of Columbia
  • 1994Texas
  • 1984Illinois


  • University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.with Honors1983

    Order of the Coif (top 10% of graduating class)

    Received the Isaiah H. Dorfman Prize for Outstanding Work in Labor Law

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignB.S., Financewith Honors1976