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;
  • Agility Logistics, a Kuwaiti logistics company that was the prime vendor for all food supplied to the U.S. military in Iraq during the Iraq War (2003-10), in one of the largest government contracting fraud prosecutions in U.S. history. Ms. Aviad was a senior member of the team that represented the company in the criminal and False Claims Act cases. The cases ended in a global settlement that was very favorable for the company. To settle the criminal case, a multiple-count felony indictment in which the government alleged that Agility defrauded and overcharged the government in connection with its nearly $9 billion prime vendor contract, the government accepted a plea to a single misdemeanor count for overcharges in the amount of $551. As part of the global settlement, the government immediately lifted suspensions for all Agility companies so that Agility could promptly begin pursuing new contracting opportunities with the U.S. government; 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 fair housing and 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 from the California Court of Appeal, reversing a judge’s decision to decline to consider findings that would make the juvenile eligible for immigration relief. The case is currently referenced in training seminars on defending immigrant juveniles against deportation, and serves as persuasive authority on the issue.

Ms. Aviad served on the hiring committee for Skadden’s Los Angeles office from 2012 to 2017.



  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 2007 (Articles Editor, Berkeley La Raza Law Journal; Member, California Law Review)
  • M.Phil., University of Cambridge, 2004
  • B.A., Harvard University, 2003


  • California


  • Member, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles Board of Directors
  • Secretary, Mental Health Advocacy Services Board of Directors
  • Co-Chair, Western Center on Law and Poverty Advisory Board (2016-17); Secretary (2015-16); Member (2012-15)
  • Associate Member, Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court (2009-11)

Emily Ludmir Aviad

Counsel, Litigation, Government Enforcement and White Collar Crime