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Emily helps clients resolve complex commercial litigation, allowing them to focus on business goals.

Emily represents a wide range of clients, including both small businesses and international corporations, at all phases of sophisticated commercial litigation, from investigation to appeal, in state and federal courts. Appreciated for her creative problem-solving skills, Emily regularly identifies practical and customized solutions for clients on a wide range of matters.

Emily understands that litigation can sidetrack a company’s goals and focus. She aims to collaborate as both a legal advisor and business partner to keep client business on balance during the interruption of litigation. In addition to her legal skills, Emily studied the science behind well-being at Yale and is invested in learning about time management, efficiency, and organization, as well as how these day-to-day struggles can be optimized. Emily enjoys working closely with clients to find the best path forward.




  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Commercial Litigation, 2021-2024
  • BizTimes Milwaukee, Rising Stars in Law, 2022
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2021-2023
  • Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission, Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society, 2016-2019
  • Forward 48, 2021 Class


  • J.D., University of Mississippi School of Law
    • Mississippi Law Journal, Editor-in-Chief
    • magna cum laude
  • B.A., Wake Forest University
    • cum laude


  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Wisconsin Law Foundation, Fellow, 2023
  • The American Lawyer's Young Lawyers Editorial Board, Inaugural Member, 2017-2022
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Young Lawyers Division, Past President; Wisconsin Taskforce on Lawyer Well-Being, Inaugural Member and Committee Chair, 2020-2022
  • Milwaukee Bar Association, 2014-present
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, Co-Chair of Membership Committee, 2022-present
  • Forward 48 Alumni Advisory Board, 2022-present


  • Hon. Pamela Pepper, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Hon. Pamela Pepper, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
2023 Pro Bono Achiever


  • Advised and consulted on practices and procedures for clients across practice areas and industries facing claims in federal court, particularly the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
  • Defended client against claims under Wisconsin's minimum-markup law and related to proving up daily gas prices.
  • Obtained favorable arbitration awards for nationwide client facing consumer breach of contract claims.
  • Advised clients making changes in dealer, distributor, and sales representative relationships, including litigating cases arising under relationship terminations laws, such as the Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law.
  • Defended client against complex and multi-million dollar breach of contract claim, arising from multifaceted business transaction and financial advisor agreement.
  • Defended client against breach of trust claims and negotiated favorable settlement.
  • Managed sophisticated and sizeable document collection, review, and production in large breach of contract case.

Pro Bono

  • Successfully challenged conditions of confinement at Wisconsin's juvenile prison.
  • Obtained favorable jury verdict for defamation against Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist; affirmed in all aspects on appeal.
  • Created end of life documents for first responders and other public servants through Wisconsin's Wills For Heroes Program.
Media Mentions | September 13, 2022
BizTimes: Rising Stars in Law: Emily Stedman
Outside the Office

As a junior and mid-level associate, Emily became passionate about lawyer well-being and how the realities of big law impact anxiety and mental health. She pressed the topic while president of the Young Lawyers Division for the State Bar of Wisconsin, creating programming on mindfulness for attorneys. That developed into serving on the Wisconsin Taskforce for Lawyer Well-Being and ultimately building a platform on LinkedIn where she posts regularly on the realities of being a Big Law associate and the need to destigmatize lawyer well-being.

Part of how Emily prioritizes her own well-being is by keeping up with her tennis game. Emily has been playing tennis from the age of five, staying with the sport for its camaraderie, community building, and competition. She regularly faces off within local United States Tennis Association (USTA) league games and at competitive drills around Milwaukee...but her most memorable win was the frozen turkey she won at a Thanksgiving tournament in 2016.

Community Leadership

Emily is dedicated to pro bono and community service.

Before beginning her legal career, Emily served as a Corps Member with Teach for America, teaching fifth grade in rural Arizona, outside of Phoenix.

Emily now maintains an active pro bono practice, including creating end of life documents for first responders and other civil servants through Wisconsin’s Wills for Heroes Program. She also accepts pro bono appointments in prisoner litigation, and her past significant cases have included challenging confinement conditions at Wisconsin's only juvenile prison and obtaining a favorable jury verdict for defamation damages against a Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist. 

Emily also serves on the planning committee for the annual fundraiser for two local non-profits, Milwaukee Parks Foundation’s Go Green for Parks and Centro Legal’s LeGala.

LinkedIn Blogging

Emily is passionate about attorney wellbeing and routinely uses her LinkedIn profile as her blog on the subject. Connect with Emily and follow her posts to stay in tune with wellness and what it's like to be an associate in "Big Law."

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