Thurbert Baker, partner at Dentons; Ambassador-Designate J. Randolph Evans; Steve Labovitz, partner at Dentons

Atlanta’s Cherokee Town Club was the venue last evening for a Dentons law firm-sponsored private reception honoring the new U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg and departing Dentons attorney J. Randolph “Randy” Evans. Dozens of attendees– ranging from influential judges and attorneys to prominent Georgia political and business leaders– were welcomed by Dentons U.S. Chairman Jeff Haidet and the firm’s U.S. CEO Mike McNamara.

“On behalf of our colleagues, we congratulate our partner Randy Evans on his confirmation to serve as the United States Ambassador to Luxembourg. We extend every good wish to Randy and Linda as they prepare to assume this important post on behalf of the president,” they said in a joint statement.

Raymond King, president and CEO of Zoo Atlanta; Sharon Gay, managing partner of Dentons Atlanta; Jeff Haidet, US Chairman of Dentons

Several of Evans’s well-wishers commented how the world’s largest law firm is unique from other firms in the Atlanta and Georgia market due to its impressive global platform. Evans told this writer that the diverse list of dignitaries at the reception to honor him also underscores how Dentons—the world’s largest law firm– plays such a dominant role in the nation’s business, political and legal community. Among the foreign VIPs present were Georges Hoffmann, Honorary Consul, Consulate of Luxembourg; Louis De Corail, Consul General of France; George Novak, Honorary Consul General of Czech Republic; and Takashi Thomas Shinozuka, Consul-General of Japan.

In light-hearted remarks honoring his colleague, former U.S. Ambassador to Canada and Dentons senior partner Gordon Giffin advised Evans to always memorize something very important: the security code needed to take a phone call from the president “especially if you’re at a reception after drinking three glasses of wine.”

Evans, who noted he came from “poor roots” in Georgia when raised by his parents, found it ironic that he is now being sent to represent his country in “a rich nation” known for its wine and castles. The litigator, author and columnist, who until recently was Georgia’s National Committeeman serving on the Republican National Committee, is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of law who specializes in professional, legal and government ethics. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as ambassador on May 24.


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