Biography

Aviva Gilbert represents individuals and companies in federal and state government enforcement, investigation, and criminal justice matters. She co-chairs the firm’s white collar defense and corporate investigations practice, 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 Health and Human Services, FINRA, and the California Attorney General’s office. Aviva also represents directors and board committees in internal investigations for public and private companies. She focuses primarily on the healthcare and technology sectors.

Aviva shepherds witnesses and defendants through all stages of government proceedings, and has broad experience with internal investigations into compliance and financial issues. Her investigation experience involves high-profile technology, biotech, and consumer goods companies, as well as financial services entities and large public organizations. Her representations run the gamut from apex executives to entry-level laboratory, sales, or government employees. Aviva also has experience as “pool counsel,” working with groups of employees in the internal investigation stage and then in any follow-on proceedings. The pool counsel role allows her to learn the details of a particular issue under investigation, and then apply this knowledge efficiently to the needs of varied individual clients.

In addition to her individual client representation, Aviva focuses on emergent issues in the securities and enforcement spaces. She has clients in the cryptocurrency wing of the financial sector, and clients facing COVID-related government inquiries. Aviva also works with colleagues in the firm’s cannabis practice where she focuses on risk analysis for companies in or interested in entering 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. Her white collar defense and investigations practice requires balancing complex factual learning, negotiation expertise, and careful attention to the difficulties inherent in high-stakes inquiries into professional or personal conduct. Aviva is uncommonly effective at managing this balance.

Aviva serves as global chair and founding member of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association Young Lawyers Committee. Before joining Farella, Aviva clerked for the Hon. Wilma A. Lewis, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Virgin Islands. She was also a Fulbright Fellow from 2007-2008, working at Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health. Prior to becoming a lawyer she worked in Google’s Public Affairs division, where she handled government and education sector issues.

Distinctions

  • 2020 Catherine M. O’Neil Mentoring Award, Women's White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA)
  • J. William Fulbright Fellow (2007-2008) - Mexico

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association, YPC Global Chair
  • Bay Area City Lead, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (2020)
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinder (2019)
  • Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court Associate
  • American Health Law Association, Member
  • American Bar Association White Collar Crime Young Lawyers Subcommittee
  • Bar Association of San Francisco Cybersecurity and Criminal Justice sections

Firm Highlights

Publication

SCOTUS Copyright Fair Use Decision: Google vs. Oracle Recap and Takeaways

Eugene Mar and Erik Olson discuss "SCOTUS Copyright Fair Use Decision: Google vs. Oracle Recap and Takeaways." After more than a decade of litigation that included multiple trials and appeals, the Supreme Court of...

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Natural Resource Damages Conference

Sarah Bell is a program co-chair of Law Seminars International's 14th Annual Advanced Conference on Litigating Natural Resource Damages Santa Fe and will speak at the August 12 session "Sources of NRD Claims and the...

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Publication

Fire Season Preparedness: What Wineries Should Do Now - Video

Farella's Quinn Arntsen and MaryJo Lopez with guest speaker Christopher Thompson of Napa Communities Firewise Foundation discuss "Fire Season Preparedness: What Wineries Should Do Now." California is at the start of another dry year...

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News

What’s Ahead for California Wine Industry With Laws and Regulations - Q&A

More than wine, area lawyers specializing in the wine business have been forced in the past year to take on a number of critical issues. That includes regulations that were put in place to help...

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News

Cannabis Practice Creates Ethical Traps, Conflicts for Lawyers

Ryan Lowther was quoted in the Bloomberg Law article, "Cannabis Practice Creates Ethical Traps, Conflicts for Lawyers."   Read the full article here .

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The FASTER Act: What Companies Need To Know About the New Food Allergy Law

While the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research Act (FASTER Act) only makes a minor change to add sesame as a major food allergen, it signals the government’s intent to closely examine food...

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News

Four Farella Intellectual Property Partners Named 2021 IP Stars; Firm Recommended for Patent Litigation

Farella Braun + Martel’s James L. Day , Jeffrey M. Fisher , Eugene Mar , and Stephanie P. Skaff  have been named IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property in its 2021 guide to the...

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Publication

Eviction Moratoriums and Commercial Leasing: Current Issues

Farella's Tony Schoenberg and Jonah Trotz with guest speakers Marsha Ramsey and Margaret Duskin of Cushman & Wakefield discuss "Eviction Moratoriums and Commercial Leasing: Current Issues." The pandemic has had wide ranging impacts on...

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Event

The Cannabis Cultivar Conundrum: Best Practices to Document and Protect Cannabis Genetics

Jeff Hamilton is moderating the Bar Association of San Francisco Cannabis Law Section program "The Cannabis Cultivar Conundrum: Best Practices to Document and Protect Cannabis Genetics" featuring  Dale C. Hunt, Ph.D., JD , Founder &...

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News

NCRC Applauds Administration’s Announced Move To Rescind Disastrous Trump-Era CRA Rule Changes

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced it will propose to rescind its controversial Trump-era rules weakening the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and work with other banking regulators to adopt a clear, strong...

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