Emily Ludmir Aviad focuses her practice on white collar criminal defense and related civil litigation.


Ms. Aviad has experience representing corporate and individual clients in a variety of matters, including:

  • William J. Ruehle, the former CFO of Broadcom Corporation, in the largest stock options backdating case brought by the federal government. Ms. Aviad was a member of the trial team that defended Mr. Ruehle. After a jury trial lasting nearly two months, Judge Cormac J. Carney of the Central District of California dismissed all charges, including the indictment and an SEC complaint, against Mr. Ruehle and the other defendants;
  • a Kuwaiti logistics company, in one of the largest government contracting fraud prosecutions in U.S. history. Ms. Aviad is a senior member of the team currently representing the company in the criminal and False Claims Act cases, and has substantial responsibility for all case issues; and
  • the special litigation committee of the KLA-Tencor board of directors in connection with shareholder derivative litigation related to an investigation of the company’s past stock option granting practices. Ms. Aviad assisted in drafting briefs and reports, and in defending the members of the special litigation committee in depositions related to the litigation.

Also an active pro bono attorney, Ms. Aviad has worked on a variety of matters, with a focus on defending immigrant clients against deportation. In a case involving an immigrant juvenile who suffered from abuse and neglect in his home country, Ms. Aviad successfully petitioned for extraordinary relief in the form of a writ of mandamus from the California Court of Appeal, reversing a judge’s decision denying jurisdiction to consider findings that would make the juvenile eligible for immigration relief. The case is currently taught in training seminars on defending immigrant juveniles against deportation, and serves as persuasive authority on the issue.

Ms. Aviad is a member of the hiring committee for Skadden’s Los Angeles office. While attending the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, Ms. Aviad was a member of the California Law Review and served as an articles editor for the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal.



  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 2007
  • M.Phil., University of Cambridge, 2004
  • B.A., Harvard University, 2003


  • California


  • Secretary, Mental Health Advocacy Services Board of Directors
  • Secretary, Western Center on Law and Poverty Advisory Board
  • Associate Member, Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court (2009-2011)

Emily Ludmir Aviad

Counsel, Litigation, Government Enforcement and White Collar Crime