Accordingly, Mr. Ervin's practice focuses on representing clients being investigated by federal Inspectors General, other Executive Branch agencies, the Congress, and State Attorneys General. He also conducts internal investigations for clients. For a number of years, he has served as Special Counsel to the Governance and Ethics Committee of the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Mr. Ervin is a 1980 cum laude graduate of Harvard College with an A.B. degree in Government; a 1982 graduate of Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar with a Master's Degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics; and a 1985 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School.
Mr. Ervin served from May 2016-January 2018 as the U.S. Department of Education's Monitor for Zenith Education Group, a company that acquired in 2015 most of the for-profit schools previously owned by the now defunct Corinthian Colleges. The scope of the monitorship encompassed reviewing marketing calls and advertisements, as well as application forms and other admissions documents to determine whether they complied with applicable federal and state regulations and whether they were unfair or misleading. The scope also included, among other things, verifying professed completion rates and job placement rates.
From July 2016-Sepetember 2017, Mr. Ervin served as the Monitor for the U.S. Department of Justice and the City of Ferguson, MO with regard to that city's police force and court system. The monitorship resulted from a Consent Decree concerning racial bias on the part of the police force and court system, and the Consent Decree is overseen by a federal judge for the Eastern District of MO.
Mr. Ervin has also served as Counsel to Squire Patton Boggs' partners who have served, respectively, as an FCPA Monitor for the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission with respect to Weatherford International, and a Monitor for the U.S. Department of Transportation with regard to Fiat Chrysler's auto parts recall campaign practices and associated issues.
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