Aviva Gilbert represents individuals and companies in both federal and state civil enforcement, investigation, and criminal justice matters, and has extensive experience appearing before and negotiating with agencies like the United States Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the California Attorney General’s office. She also maintains an active litigation practice focusing on healthcare-related litigation and technology sector business disputes. Aviva is co-chair of Farella's White Collar Defense and Internal Corporate Investigations Group.
Aviva shepherds witnesses through all stages of government proceedings, and has broad experience with internal investigations into compliance and financial issues as well. Her investigation experience involves high-profile technology and biotech companies under significant pressure, as well as financial services entities and public organizations. Her representations run the gamut from apex executives to entry-level salesforce employees. Aviva also has experience as “pool counsel,” working with groups of employees in the internal investigation stage and then in any follow-on government proceedings. This allows her to learn the details of a particular issue under investigation, and then apply this knowledge efficiently to the needs of varied individual employee clients.
In addition to her individual client representation, Aviva focuses on emergent issues in the securities and criminal defense spaces. She has done a significant amount of work on cybersecurity and associated compliance issues, and has clients in the cryptocurrency wing of the financial sector. Aviva also works with colleagues in the firm’s cannabis practice where she focuses on risk analysis for companies in or interested in the cannabis industry.
Aviva is a skillful advocate and counselor to people who find themselves in challenging, unfamiliar situations and is an expert in demystifying the often complex landscape of litigation, governmental proceedings or investigations. The key to this is uncommonly strong, well-honed soft skills coupled with a great deal of emotional intelligence, which comes into play when negotiating, listening, and working to resolve or diffuse a difficult or adversarial situation. The white collar defense and investigations practice requires balancing complex factual learning and synthesis and careful attention to the difficulties inherent in high-stakes inquiries into professional or personal conduct. Aviva is highly effective at managing this balance.
- 2020 Catherine M. O’Neil Mentoring Award, Women's White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA)
- J. William Fulbright Fellow (2007-2008) - Mexico
Memberships and Affiliations
- Global Chair, Women’s White Collar Defense Association Young Lawyers Committee
- Bay Area City Lead, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (2020)
- Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinder (2019)
- American Bar Association White Collar Crime Young Lawyers Subcommittee
- Bar Association of San Francisco Cybersecurity and Criminal Justice sections
- San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association