Tonya M. Evans

Phone: (603) 513-5170
Office: UNH School of Law, 2 White Street, Concord, NH 03301

Tonya M. Evans, Esquire, is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law. She created and directs the school’s Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & Law online professional certificate program and developed its world-class instructor pool and curriculum. She is also the former Chair of the Intellectual Property & Technology Online Programs.

Evans has expertise in the areas of intellectual property, new technologies (including blockchain and distributed ledger technology), entrepreneurship & innovation (including advisor to startups), entertainment law, trusts & estates, and municipal finance. She writes, speaks, and teaches primarily about the intersections of copyright and new technologies, blockchain and the law, and trusts and estates.

Professor Evans is a member of the Consensys Grants Advisory Board, Bermuda Global FinTech Advisory Board, International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Focus Group on Digital Currency including Digital Fiat Currency, the ITU Focus Group on Application of Distributed Ledger Technology, and also The Accord Project’s IP Working Group, which works to develop best practices and standardization of smart legal contracts. Professor Evans serves on the Intellectual Property Committee of the Advisory Council to the Court of Federal Claims. She also received the inaugural Enterprise Blockchain Award in the category of Governance and Policy Leadership during the 2019 Blockchain Revolution Global Conference in Toronto.

Professor Evans is a graduate of Northwestern University (Dean’s List) and Howard University School of Law (cum laude). She also served as the Howard Law Journal editor-in-chief. She is licensed to practice law in PA, NJ, NY and DC.

Tonya Evans




  • J.D., Howard University (Dc)

Courses Taught

  • LBC 905: Blockchain Cryptocurrency Law
  • LBS 942: Wills Trusts and Estates
  • LIP 911: Global Perspectives Copyright
  • LIP 912: Copyright Law
  • LRS 905: Independent Study

Selected Publications

Evans, T. M. (2017). User "Safe Harbor" from Statutory Damages: Remixing the DOC's IP Task Force White Paper. San Diego Law Review, 54, 79-116.

Evans, T. M. (2016). Statutory Heirs Apparent?: Reclaiming Copyright in the Age of Author-Controlled, Author-Benefiting Transfers. West Virginia Law Review, (119), 297-343.

Bridgewater, P. D., cummings, A. D. P., & Tibbs, D. F. (2015). Hip Hop and the Law.

Evans, T. (2013). Reverse Engineering IP. Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review, 17, 61-101.

Evans, T. M. (2013). Safe Harbor for the Innocent Infringer in the Digital Age. Willamette Law Review, 50, 1-42. Retrieved from

Evans, T. M. (2010). Sampling, Looping, and Mashing Oh My: How Hip Hop Music is Scratching More than the Surface of Copyright Law. Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal, 21, 843-904.

Evans-Walls, T. M. (2007). Copyright companion for writers. Legal Write Publications.

Institute, P. B. (2007). Intellectual property law institute.. Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

Evans-Walls, T. M. (2007). Contracts companion for writers. Legal Write Publications.

Evans, T. M., & Evans, S. B. (2005). Literary law guide for authors: copyright, trademark, and contracts in plain language (2nd Edition ed.). FYOS Entertainment.