Erva Cockfield



Erva Cockfield is an attorney for the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), a federal Cabinet department of the U.S. Government. She practices in the General Law Division of the USDOT Office of the General Counsel (OGC), and primarily advises the Office of the Secretary of Transportation on federal financial assistance law, civil rights law, and government procurement law. She also serves as the USDOT Pro Bono Services Coordinator, connecting attorneys to pro bono and volunteer service opportunities.

In her role as a federal financial assistance attorney, she identifies, assesses, and mitigates the risks associated with financing large transportation infrastructure projects. Ms. Cockfield has significant experience drafting federal grant awards, secured loan agreements, loan guarantees, and standby-line-of-credit agreements for transactions valued up to $2 billion.

In her civil rights practice, she helps implement and enforce the protections of Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as well as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. She regularly collaborates with USDOT officials to develop measures that work to eliminate illegal acts of discrimination and intolerance carried out by recipients of federal funds and in the federal workplace.

As a government procurement attorney, Ms. Cockfield advises the USDOT on drafting effective solicitations, proper contract structure, and managing contract performance for various government services and supplies. To her credit, she has also successfully represented USDOT in bid protest litigation.

Before joining OGC, Ms. Cockfield started her legal career in the USDOT Honors Attorney Program, where she rotated through five separate legal offices within USDOT and gained a comprehensive understanding of the Department.

She is a proud "Double Hoo" having graduated from both The University of Virginia School of Law and The University of Virginia Undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences.