Biography

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. Aviva also maintains an active litigation practice focusing on healthcare-related litigation and technology sector business disputes.

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.

Distinctions

  • J. William Fulbright Fellow (2007-2008) - Mexico

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Global Chair, Women’s White Collar Defense Association Young Lawyers Committee
  • 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

Firm Highlights

News

Threat of Cyberattack by Iran Still Critical, Experts Say

Insurance Recovery Partner Tyler Gerking commented in  The Wall Street Journal article "Threat of Cyberattack by Iran Still Critical, Experts Say." In the article, Tyler said that such direct actions by a nation-state against...

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ABA 34th National Institute on White Collar Crime

Jessica Nall will be speaking at the 34th National Institute on White Collar Crime session, "Updates in Cybercrime: Are We Fighting an Impossible Battle?" Details: Information security has now become an essential part of corporate...

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AB 37: State Tax Deductions for Cannabis Businesses

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2020 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar

Join Erica Villanueva for a discussion on "Coverage Arguments that Work in Court but May Backfire at Mediation" at the 2020 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar. Details: In mediation, context is everything. Who are you...

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Trade Secret Hygiene for Current Employees

Published on  ACCDocket.com . By Walt Norfleet, Smiths Group plc and Eugene Y. Mar, Farella Braun + Martel LLP In the first two parts of this series on best practices in protecting trade secrets, we...

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Plans for SF’s 4th-tallest building win key OK as developer resolves opposition

C.J. Higley was mentioned in the article, "Plans for SF’s 4th-tallest building win key OK as developer resolves opposition."  According to the article, the Transbay district Parcel F tower would include 165 condos, 189...

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New Laws for California Employers in 2020

The California Legislature and Governor Newsom have passed a sizable list of new laws governing the workplace in 2020. Employers are, once again, advised to evaluate their workplace rules and practices to insure they keep...

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Farella Braun + Martel’s Jerome Braun Honored With Bill Edlund Award for Professionalism in the Law

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End of a Decade - Checklist for California Nonprofits

As 2019 comes to a close, we thought about our customary note to nonprofit officers and directors to take a few moments to confirm that important year-end responsibilities have not been overlooked. But since this...

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Event

2020 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar

Raymond Sheen will speak at the 2020 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar session, "Fingerprints, Facial Recognition, Permission? Oh My! Biometric Privacy Coverage Litigation Arriving Soon in Your State." Details: The Illinois Biometric Privacy Act...

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