Arija M. Flowers

Area of Emphasis

Arija Flowers is an associate in the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of the Mobility, Transport & Safety Group, Transportation Safety Group, and Energy and Natural Resources Group.

Ms. Flowers brings both creativity and pragmatism to problem-solving in high-profile mobility, vehicle safety, and related regulatory matters. With a record of collaboratively driving results, she provides manufacturers, suppliers, start-ups, and technology companies with legal, policy, and strategic advice in a variety of areas including self-certification of standards, homologation, regulatory compliance, automated/autonomous driving systems, innovative mobility and safety approaches, best practices and emerging trends, standards enforcement, defects investigations, government inquiries and enforcement proceedings, and recall implementation.

Ms. Flowers helps clients develop solutions and accomplish goals by applying her current and detailed understanding of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) approach to transportation safety, in addition to her prior experience in the legislative branches at the state and federal levels.


Prior to joining Babst Calland, Ms. Flowers served as a Senior Trial Attorney in the Litigation and Enforcement Division of NHTSA’s Office of Chief Counsel. In that role she led agency efforts in several high-profile matters of national significance. Ms. Flowers served as lead counsel for the agency’s investigation and ongoing oversight of the largest motor vehicle recall in U.S. history (Takata air bag inflators, involving 19 automotive manufacturers and an estimated 65-70 million inflators in 40-50 million vehicles in the U.S. market). She provided insight and leadership in agency investigations of vehicle and equipment manufacturers concerning safety-related defects, noncompliance with federal safety standards, and other violations of the Vehicle Safety Act and regulations. Ms. Flowers also supported DOT’s U.S. Supreme Court and federal appellate litigation practice on a number of cases.

Before joining DOT/NHTSA, Ms. Flowers served as a judicial law clerk in both the Superior Court of the District of Columbia (to then-Chief Judge Lee F. Satterfield and to Senior Judges) and in Maryland’s Montgomery County Circuit Court to Judge Cynthia Callahan.

Ms. Flowers earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law. She graduated from the University of Washington with dual B.A. degrees in History and in Communications and Political Science.

Prior to law school, Ms. Flowers served as the Executive Assistant and Scheduler to a senior U.S. Senator and worked in state government and politics, including three legislative sessions in the Washington state legislature.

Memberships and Affiliations

Ms. Flowers is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, New York, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ms. Flowers’ honors include Order of the Coif, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Partnering for Excellence Award, and NHTSA Awards for Superior Accomplishment, Superior Achievement, and the Administrator’s Appreciation Award.