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Ariana Seldman Hawbecker


Ariana Seldman Hawbecker is a trial attorney with deep and broad experience in civil and criminal litigation in state and federal courts and various arbitration forums, including JAMS, AAA, and FINRA. Her main practice areas include complex business litigation and white collar criminal defense. In addition, Ms. Hawbecker has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in business and real estate disputes, qui tam “whistleblower” actions, personal injury cases, and copyright, trademark and trade secret disputes.

Representative matters Ms. Hawbecker has handled in recent years include representing:

  • An electrician injured by an arc flash on an offshore oil platform, securing a multi-million dollar jury verdict.
  • An elderly couple in an action against trusted employees who secreted millions of dollars from their longstanding business, obtaining a favorable settlement and the dismissal of various cross-actions brought by adverse parties. This included successfully bringing an Anti-SLAPP motion and motion for attorneys’ fees.
  • Several witnesses in nationwide parallel SEC and criminal investigations involving a public company.
  • A company investigated for environmental crimes where the government entity involved declined prosecution after hearing our presentation.
  • Professionals investigated for tax fraud.
  • Whistleblowers in qui tam actions against public health care companies.
  • An executive accused of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in association with business on multiple continents.
  • An individual who brought an arbitration against a large, public investment firm, obtaining the return of his investment along with various costs associated with bringing the action.
  • A collector who sued an antiquities dealer for failing to provide promised goods, on whose behalf she obtained a favorable settlement.

Throughout her career, Ms. Hawbecker has devoted time to pro bono work, including preparing clemency petitions for indigent defendants serving sentences of 10 years or more for drug crimes. Ms. Hawbecker has also served on committees for the Orange County Bar Association.

Ms. Hawbecker attended Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, and spent a semester of her studies in South Africa studying constitutional reform following the dismantling of apartheid. She received her undergraduate degree in International Politics, Law, and Organization from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where she spent a semester studying at Chaing Mai University, Thailand.

Ms. Hawbecker began her legal career as a Deputy District Attorney for the County of Humboldt and then practiced in the litigation departments at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Donahue Gallagher Woods LLP in the San Francisco Bay Area.


  • Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley J.D., 1997
  • Georgetown University B.S. in Foreign Service, 1991


  • Supreme Court of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California


  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Wiley Emanuel Award for Pro Bono Service from the Alameda County Bar Association