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Alisa A. Givental

Alisa Givental Financial services law firm

A seasoned litigator with experience and interest in a broad range of practice areas in the financial services arena, Alisa Givental has developed particular expertise in assessing, defending, and resolving credit reporting disputes.

Ms. Givental specializes in defending financial institutions –primarily national banks, mortgage and auto lenders, and loan servicers– in single-plaintiff lawsuits and consumer class actions. Her practice focuses on defending claims brought under the FCRA, CCCRAA, FDCPA, RFDCPA, ASFA, CLRA, TCPA, RESPA, TILA, UDAP, and HBOR. Ms. Givental is experienced in all phases of litigation through trial preparation and has second-chaired a jury trial. Over the years, she has cultivated particular aptitude for litigating credit reporting disputes, which in addition to proficiency in defending such cases has translated into the expertise to assess the adequacy of existing and proposed practices and procedures. Ms. Givental is a Member based out of Severson & Werson’s San Francisco office.

At ease in an adversarial environment, Ms. Givental tempers her instinct to fight when an early resolution is the best way to meet her clients’ goals. She is a savvy negotiator. Ultimately, her approach to litigation is about what is most practical, although what that is depends on numerous factors of which cost-effectiveness and expediency are a large part but not the whole. Ms. Givental considers how a particular outcome will affect the long-term and whether investing in litigating the “right” case will result in avoiding numerous others going forward. Understanding her clients’ business and overarching concerns is always crucial to Ms. Givental’s analysis and strategy recommendations.

Ms. Givental graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law. While in law school, she externed for magistrate Ronald L. Ellis of the Southern District of New York, worked as a summer associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, and Wharton, served as the production editor for Berkeley’s La Raza Law Journal, and was a member of the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law. Ms. Givental received a BA in English Literature from UC Berkeley and an MA from New York University. She speaks fluent Spanish and Russian.

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D., 2010
  • New York University, M.A., 2004
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 2002

Admissions

  • California

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