Eva Plaza


Area of Expertise

  • Litigation and Trial
  • Appeals and Critical Motions
  • Construction Group
  • Labor and Employment
  • Real Estate

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1985
  • Pennsylvania, 1987
  • Washington, D.C. 1988
  • California, 2007


  • University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, California Law Review, Associate Editor, 1984
  • Harvard College, cum laude, 1980
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Honors Program, Commercial Litigation Branch, Washington, D.C. 


Notable Accomplishments

  • Albert Arent Pro Bono Award, 1989
  • National Conference for College Women Leaders, Woman of Distinction Award, 1998
  • Hispanic Bar Association’s Equal Justice Award, 2002
  • Named in 100 most influential Hispanics in America
  • ABA’s American Bar Foundation, Lifetime Member

Fun Fact

  • Dancing Queen
  • Former Brigadier General of the El Paso Texas JROTC

Eva Plaza


Eva Plaza honed her trial skills as a trial and appellate attorney at the Department of Justice’s Commercial Litigation Branch, followed by private practice at the Washington D.C. law firms of Arent Fox and Seyfarth Shaw.  Ms. Plaza handled cases involving federal government contracts, bid protests, and employment appeals in the construction, transportation, defense, and technology industries. 

In 1997, Ms. Plaza was appointed by President Bill Clinton to a Senate-confirmed position as Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Ms. Plaza also served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Torts Branch at the U.S. Department of Justice.  There, she represented U.S. Government agencies in personal or property injury litigation involving aviation, constitutional (Bivens) torts, environmental torts, medical malpractice, banking litigation, and vaccine and radiation litigation.  She was instrumental in the passage of community health centers, handled the most sensitive, precedent-setting litigation matters, and advised the Attorney General, U.S. Attorneys and agency general counsel on litigation strategy and implementation.   

Today, Ms. Plaza consistently delivers successful results for her clients.  She represents corporations and individuals in a wide variety of litigation and transactional matters involving: construction and real estate litigation, federal government contracts and governmental investigations, overpayments, environmental and contaminated soil, fraud and breach of contract, zoning and land use, the False Claims Act and Medicare, ICC international arbitration, civil rights, employment, fair housing and appeals.  Representative clients have included: Traveler’s Insurance, Jan De Nul, Intelsat Corporation, California municipalities and redevelopment agencies, church entities, and school districts.

Ms. Plaza is fluent in Spanish.

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