D. Porpoise Evans advises public and private companies on an array of employment law matters, including wage and hour compliance, discrimination claims, breach of contract, leave and disability accommodation, and workplace safety. He regularly defends employers in federal and state courts, as well as before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Florida Commission on Human Relations. He also conducts in-market risk assessments for multinational companies, preparing policies and procedures and training employees on compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Porpoise also has deep experience representing Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) member firms in arbitrations.


Rated, AV® Preeminent 5.0


Named, The Best Lawyers In America®


Named, Top Lawyer

Securities, Litigation & Arbitration

South Florida Legal Guide


Named, Top Lawyer

Labor & Employment

South Florida Legal Guide


Named, Top Up and Comer

South Florida Legal Guide


Named, Top Labor & Employment Attorney

Legal Luminary, Dade County Bar Association

2016, 2022

Named, Super Lawyer

Super Lawyers


Named, Rising Star

Super Lawyers

2009-2010, 2012

Named, Florida Legal Elite

Commercial Litigation: 2013; Labor and Employment: 2015-2024

Florida Trend


Bar William Reece Smith Jr. Leadership Academy, Class II


Higginbotham Fellow

American Arbitration Association


Named, Legacy Legal Leader

Legacy Miami and The Miami Herald


Named, 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation


Recipient, Inaugural Community Advocacy Award

Dade County Bar Association, Put Something Back Program


Order of the Coif

News, Analysis & Press

Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Laws: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

International Labor & Employment Laws American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law


Legal Services of Greater Miami Recognizes its Pro Bono Partners

Florida Bar News

October 26, 2022

US Labor Department's Proposal, If Adopted, Could Spark Litigation Over Worker Classification

Daily Business Review

October 12, 2022

Pressure mounts for health care providers: Florida threatens fines for complying with the federal vaccination mandate

Orlando Sentinel

January 5, 2022

Can An Employer Mandate a COVID Vaccine?

CBS Miami

August 11, 2021

Can the boss require workers to get a COVID-19 vaccine? There are rules in Florida

Miami Herald

August 8, 2021

OSHA’s COVID-19 Reporting Obligations Clarified

Society for Human Resource Management

October 15, 2020

Speaking Engagements

STOP WOKE for Florida Employers

Human Resource Association of Broward County

April 2022

COVID-19 Updates for Practitioners

Hispanic National Bar Association

April 2020

Effective Legal Activism

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida Black History Month Program

February 2020

FLSA for Paralegals

South Florida Paralegals Association

January 2020

2020 Employment Law Changes and Common Pitfalls

ADP South Florida User Conference

January 2020

Modern Issues in Housing and Employment

30th Annual National Bar Association Wiley Branton Symposium

October 2019

Looking to Plant Seeds Abroad?

ABA International Startup and Emerging Companies Forum

September 2019

Anatomy of an Employment Lawsuit

Greater Miami Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management

May 2019

Religious Discrimination Issues

National Employment Law Council Corporate Counsel Seminar

April 2019

HR Challenges in the #MeToo Era

International Association of Commercial Collections Annual Conference

January 2019

Access to Justice Issues in the U.S. and Africa

Nigerian Bar Association Annual Conference

August 2018

Current Issues in Anti-Corruption Enforcement

ABA Regional Africa Forum

May 2018


  • J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 2002magna cum laude
  • A.B., Brown University, 1999

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan