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Ariana Seldman Hawbecker


Ariana's practice encompasses a wide array of legal matters, including complex civil, business and real estate disputes, personal injury cases, intellectual property cases, and criminal defense.


Ariana Seldman Hawbecker has handled a variety of civil disputes in federal and state courts and in alternative dispute resolution forums, including FINRA. Ariana has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in complex business and real estate disputes, qui tam “whistleblower” actions, personal injury cases, and copyright, trademark and trade secret disputes.

Ariana’s criminal defense experience includes representing witnesses in state and federal criminal investigations and investigations involving a variety of governmental bodies, including the IRS and the SEC.  She has also represented witnesses and individuals under investigation or charged with a variety of crimes, including general, securities, and healthcare fraud, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Economic Espionage Act, and tax crimes.

Ariana is a member of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association, an international organization of female white collar criminal defense attorneys.

Ariana received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her law degree from the University of California at Berkeley.  She served as a Deputy District Attorney for the County of Humboldt, where she served as Head of Environmental Crimes.   She also practiced at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Donahue Gallagher Woods LLP in the San Francisco Bay Area before joining Bienert | Katzman in 2008. 

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Representative Matters

  • A doctor charged with five felony counts of tax evasion and obstruction; Ariana and her team exposed serious prosecutorial misconduct which led to the removal and discipline of the entire prosecution team and IRS Investigators.  All five felonies were dismissed in exchange for a plea to a single misdemeanor and a single payment of $25. 
  • 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 of millions of dollars from their longstanding business.
  • Individuals in nationwide parallel civil and regulatory investigations involving a public company in the education sector.
  • A company investigated for environmental crimes, in which her presentation resulted in a declination of prosecution.
  • Whistleblowers in qui tam actions against public companies, one of which resulted in a recent $280 million settlement in the whistleblower’s favor.
  • A trade secret dispute involving the development and distribution of a biopharmaceutical product.
  • An executive accused of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in association with business on multiple continents.
  • Individuals who brought arbitration claims against large, public insurance and investment firms in association with multi-million dollar investments.
  • A collector who sued an antiquities dealer for failing to provide promised goods.