Aviva L. Wernick has more than 20 years of experience representing international and domestic clients in complex litigation and arbitration, including in the areas of product liability, toxic torts, general commercial litigation, intellectual property, art law, bankruptcy and officer and director liability actions. She also litigates on behalf of, and counsels, a wide range of clients on labor and employment and unfair competition matters.
Aviva’s extensive litigation experience includes, for example, successfully representing the Central Bank of Paraguay in recovering millions misappropriated from two Paraguayan banks in liquidation. Aviva defended ALSTOM, the French conglomerate, in fraud and breach of warranty actions filed in federal and state courts in Florida seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages based on alleged deficiencies in the propulsion systems installed on luxury cruise ships operated by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Regent Seven Seas Cruise Lines; all of which settled on favorable terms. Aviva represented the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in investigations into wrongdoing on the part of officers and directors of various closed financial institutions in Florida and Puerto Rico, and related litigation.
Aviva served as client liaison and managed a multi-office team in representing Lorillard Tobacco Company as national coordinating counsel in smoking and health litigation across the country, including thousands of cases in Florida. She also acted as national coordinating counsel for Chemical Specialties Inc. in product liability litigation involving CCA-treated wood, and was part of the Hughes Hubbard team that secured the denial of several class actions involving CCA-treated wood.
Aviva is also committed to providing pro bono legal services, including representation of Holocaust survivors in seeking reparations, representation of low-income clients in seeking asylum and in housing matters, and counseling museums and non-profit organizations in licensing, copyright and employment matters.
Aviva has been with Hughes Hubbard, in New York and Miami, for over 20 years. She also worked in the litigation department of a leading law firm in Tel Aviv, Israel for two years, becoming a member of the Israeli bar.
Co-Chair of Hughes Hubbard’s Diversity Committee
Member, Hughes Hubbard’s Practice Standards & Ethics Committee.
Member, Hughes Hubbard & Reed Practice Standards and Ethics Committee
Member, American-Israel Chamber of Commerce (now Conexx), Southeast Region
B. Schlei and P. Grossman, Employment Discrimination Law (3d. ed. Supplement) (Reverse Discrimination & Affirmative Action, and Injunctive & Affirmative Relief chapters).
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
Representation of Ticofrut S.A., part of the Nicaragua-based Pellas Group, in a tort action filed by Del Monte in federal court alleging that Ticofrut has aided and abetted a pineapple grower’s breach of a contract with Del Monte
Representation of the Central Bank of Paraguay in successfully recovering millions misappropriated from two Paraguayan banks in liquidation.
Representation of ALSTOM, a French conglomerate and global leader in power generation and transmission, in multiple fraud and breach of warranty actions seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages based upon alleged deficiencies in the construction of the propulsion systems for several luxury cruise ships; all of which settled on favorable terms.
Representation of Ernst & Young Hong Kong in a $500 million malpractice claim in a CPR ad-hoc arbitration in the U.S., resulting in an award, confirmed in federal court, in favor of Ernst & Young Hong Kong.
Representation of the owner of nearly 1,000 U.S. hair salons, including the Hair Cuttery salon chain, in an action alleging theft of trade secrets, and violations of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements.
Representation of the FDIC in investigating wrongdoing by officers and directors of certain failed banks located in Florida and Puerto Rico, including the largest independent bank headquartered in Florida, and related litigation in federal and bankruptcy courts.
Representation of Christie’s Inc. in art law litigation, including obtaining summary judgment on fraud and breach of contract claims in federal court in Washington, DC.
Representation of CVRD International SA (now Vale), one of the largest global mining and metals companies, in a contract dispute before the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce.
National Coordinating Counsel for Lorillard Tobacco Company in smoking and health litigation, including thousands of cases in federal and state courts in Florida.
National Coordinating Counsel for Chemical Specialties, Inc. in product liability litigation involving wood treated with CCA (chromated copper arsenate), including securing the denial of all class actions involving CCA-treated wood, and defense of individual product liability litigation throughout the country.
Representation of Marcou Transportation Group, one of the largest luxury transportation companies in the country, in a multifaceted "loan-to-own" purchase of the business operations of Miami-based Worldwide Transportation Inc. through the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Pro bono representation of the Perez Art Museum Miami with respect to licensing and copyright agreements with artists and other copyright owners
Pro bono representation assisting Holocaust survivors in obtaining reparation payments from the German government through a national pro bono initiative.
Representation of EQ Inc., a Canadian holding company, and its subsidiary, an internet marketing firm, in an adversary proceeding in Florida bankruptcy court, resulting in dismissal of all claims asserted against the parent and subsidiary.
Representation of Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) in music license litigation and other matters.
Representation of Chrysler in product liability actions.
Representation of Royal Bank of Canada in breach of contract case in a Florida federal court, resulting in summary judgment in favor of RBC.