A seasoned in-house counsel who has supported companies at all stages of expansion and development, Flavia is a legal and compliance executive with valuable expertise in strategic planning and operations of financial services businesses. 

Known for her entrepreneurial vision, resourcefulness, and ability to quickly pivot, Flavia has extensive relationships with numerous top firms in the banking, money transmission and payments industries, and regularly practices before state and federal banking departments and agencies.

Flavia prides herself in being an innovation catalyst. During her career, Flavia led varied financing rounds for her clients including the largest round ever recorded in the digital assets industry at $440 million. In working as a legal business partner, she has driven enterprise valuation growth through the structuring of different corporate deals, launched diverse payments and money transmission products, established and managed legal departments servicing highly regulated industries, and directly supervised regulatory exams.

Prior to joining the firm of Hathaway & Kunz, Flavia was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Circle, a global financial technology firm that enables businesses of all sizes to harness the power of stablecoins and public blockchains for payments, commerce and financial applications. 

Additionally, Flavia has worked at different organizations in the SF Bay Area, engaging with industries ranging from software licensing and copyrights to entertainment, e-commerce and payments. She has also been appointed a Commissioner with the State of Wyoming to its Stable Token Commission.

Born and raised in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Flavia is active in the local Brazilian community and provides mentoring to young attorneys. She has also served as a Board member to different non-profit organizations in the SF Bay Area. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughters, where they enjoy the beach, hiking, and the Tahoe mountains during the winter.


Banking Charters
Business Law
Copyrights & Open Source
Corporate Finance
Corporate Governance
Digital Assets
Financial Technologies
Fintech & Payments
Mergers & Acquisitions
Money Transmission Services
Payments Processing
State Government Relations

Related Employment

  • General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Circle Internet Financial, LLC – 2020 to 2023
  • General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary, Qwil PBC – 2019 to 2020
  • General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary, Velo Payments Inc. – 2019
  • Assistant General Counsel Payments, Intuit, Inc. – 2016 to 2019
  • Senior Legal Counsel, Worldpay Ltd. – 2014 to 2016
  • Senior Licensing Attorney, Gracenote, Inc. – 2012 to 2014
  • Corporate Counsel, Actuate Corporation – 2010 to 2012
  • Director Business Affairs, Univision Communications Inc. – 2007 to 2010
  • Corporate Counsel, Tibco Software Inc. – 2006 to 2007
  • Corporate Counsel, Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff Co. – 2004 to 2005
  • Judicial Law Clerk, York County Court of Common Pleas – 2001 to 2004

Professional Leadership & Community Involvement

  • Co-Director, Center for Business Law Roundtable on Financial Policy & Regulation – University of California Law San Francisco
  • Guest Speaker, Executive Education – University of California Law Berkeley
  • Industry Advisor, Fintech Industry Advisory Panel – Conference of State Bank Supervisors
  • Emeritus Member – TechGC
  • Coach & Hosting Committee Member, LaddHerUp – Ms.JD
  • Board Member – Instituto Familiar de la Raza (2017-2023)
  • Board Member – Youth Community Service (2020-2021)


  • US Studies Certificate, Widener University Commonwealth Law School, 2001
  • LL.B., Minas Gerais Pontifical Catholic University School of Law, 1998

Bar Admissions

  • Brazil – Distrito Federal
  • District of Columbia
  • California
    • Not licensed in Wyoming