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

Event

WSJ Pro Cybersecurity Symposium

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PFAS Litigation Conference

Sarah Bell will be speaking at Law Seminars International's PFAS Litigation Conference program, "Lines of Defense" on December 10. Details: Assessing and choosing among the legal options for defending toxic tort, mass tort, and...

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Publication

San Francisco Now Requires 100% Renewable Energy for Commercial Buildings

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Publication

Securing Against Trade Secret Pitfalls and Dangers Arising From Employee Mobility Situations

Published on ACCDocket.com . By Walt Norfleet, Smiths Group plc and Eugene Y. Mar, Farella Braun + Martel LLP Picture this: Your company is in a highly competitive industry with several leading players heavily supported...

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What Employers Should Know About the California Consumer Privacy Act Taking Effect January 1, 2020

On January 1, 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), a consumer-friendly privacy law inspired by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, is set to take effect. The CCPA is aimed towards bolstering...

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Reimbursement of Employment-Related Expenses Is Not a “Wage and Hour” Claim Within the Meaning of EPLI Exclusion

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Farella Braun + Martel Deepens Environmental Practice With Partner Donald Sobelman

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Litigating Civil and Criminal Trade Secret Cases: Trends, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned

Trade secret litigation is on the rise, both civil litigation and follow-on criminal prosecution for trade secret theft. Companies are grappling with how to protect their valuable information and minimize risk in their technological...

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Jeff Fisher Named Among California’s 2019 Top Trade Secrets Lawyers by the Daily Journal

SAN FRANCISCO, October 9, 2019: Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that Jeffrey M. Fisher was named among the “Top Trade Secrets Lawyers” in California by the Daily Journal . Fisher has...

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Benchmark California 2020 Ranks Farella Among Top Litigation Firms

Doug Young named among Top 20 Trial Lawyers in California SAN FRANCISCO, October 16, 2019: Farella Braun + Martel continues to be ranked among the top litigation firms by Benchmark California 2020, a guide...

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