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Asia R. Evans


Asia is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice. She represents employers and municipalities by navigating workplace problems while working to avoid any potential lawsuits.

Asia counsels clients on a variety of federal laws including the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Civil Rights Act (“Title VII”), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). She also represents clients in matters related to state regulations and requirements including New York’s Paid Sick Leave, Paid Family Leave, Pay Transparency laws, and New York Labor law issues. In addition, Asia assists her clients through Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and New York State Division of Human Rights (SDHR) claims. She also helps employers navigate employee actions through the National Labor Relations Board and the Taylor Law, working with them to develop strategies on how to ethically and legally counter employee unionization efforts.

Asia also has experience guiding clients through class action matters with specific regards to state and federal Department of Labor audits concerning accusations of unemployment taxes and accusations of underpaying hourly employees who may be entitled to collect overtime.

Known for her attention to detail, Asia has an unmatched ability to internalize and retain information regarding her clients’ cases. She possesses immense foresight and the ability to plan for and anticipate unexpected issues that may arise. Asia harnesses these strengths in order to assist clients in making the best business decisions for them – considering all legal, social, political, and economical ramifications.

Asia considers it a privilege to work with her clients. She enjoys the collaborative process she and her clients go through in order to resolve their issues and matters. By building trusting and respectful relationships with her clients, Asia helps her clients make the best business decisions and ultimately guides them toward efficient and favorable outcomes.


SUNY Buffalo State College, B.A.

Florida A&M University College of Law, J.D., cum laude


  • New York

Bar Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Western New York Chapter of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York
  • Minority Bar Association of Western New York
  • Federal Bar Association


  • Former Executive Articles Editor, Florida A&M University College of Law, Law Review
    • Outstanding Executive Board Member Award, 2020-2021
    • Outstanding Junior Editorial Staff Member Award, 2019-2020
  • Former Southern Region Black Law Students Association Journal, Junior Editor, 2019-2020

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Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International Cherry Chapter

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  • Post-pandemic unionization trends — and how to navigate a union organizing campaign (podcast)

    Post-pandemic unionization trends — and how to navigate a union organizing campaign (podcast)

    Starbucks, Amazon, Chipotle, Trader Joe’s and other household names have been in the news lately for their union organization campaigns, a post-pandemic trend that likely won’t change anytime soon, according to Elizabeth McPhail, partner with Hodgson Russ. She said some of these unionization efforts are a “product of the social justice movements” and they’re changing labor union organizing.

    In the latest episode of the Thought Leaders in Law and Business podcast, presented by Hodgson Russ and The Business Journals, Buffalo Business First Publisher John Tebeau interviews McPhail and her colleague Asia Evans, associate and member of the labor and employment practice at Hodgson Russ, on what employers should consider when navigating a union organizing campaign.

    “When you get a union organizing campaign and they are coming with social justice issues and cultural connectivity (concerns), if the response is just, we're paying 50 cents an hour more than the competitor down the road and their union, and we're not union free, that is not a message that's going to resonate with employees,” McPhail said.

    Listen to this episode to learn more about:

    New organizing trends and how campaigns have changed post-pandemic.The importance of understanding employees’ wants and needs.Regulatory concerns to consider when responding to efforts to unionize.Anti-unionizing efforts that don’t violate labor laws.Bargaining with employees in good faith.Lessons learned from high-profile organizing campaigns (Starbucks, Amazon, etc.).The prominent senator Evans worked with during one of her internships.

Thought Leaders in Law and Business Podcast
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