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 is a leader of its healthcare work as well. Aviva 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. She also represents directors, trustees, and board committees in conducting internal investigations for public and private companies. Aviva 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, healthcare, biotech, and consumer goods companies, as well as financial services entities, educational institutions, and large public organizations. Her representations run the gamut from apex executives to entry-level laboratory, sales, and engineering employees. Aviva also has experience as “pool counsel,” working with groups of employees in the internal investigation stage and then in any follow-on governmental investigations and 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, board, and corporate representations, Aviva focuses on emergent issues in the securities and healthcare arenas. She has clients in the cryptocurrency wing of the financial sector, and clients facing COVID-related government inquiries from state and federal agencies. Aviva also works with colleagues in the firm’s cannabis industry 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.

Between law school and joining Farella, Aviva clerked for the Hon. Wilma A. Lewis, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Virgin Islands. She currently serves as global chair and founding member of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association Young Lawyers Committee. Aviva is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. 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. She returned to Google for a secondment focused on regulatory and internal investigations in 2019.

Aviva is fluent in Spanish. She is admitted in all state and federal courts in California.


  • 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
  • Trustee, The Contemporary Jewish Museum
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinder (2019)
  • Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court Barrister
  • American Health Law Association, Member
  • American Bar Association White Collar Crime Young Lawyers Subcommittee
  • Bar Association of San Francisco Cybersecurity and Criminal Justice sections