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Overview

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

Emily represents a wide range of clients across industries – including franchisors, equipment manufacturers, 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 including breach of contract and dealership terminations.

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 has studied the science behind time management, efficiency and organization at Yale and how these day-to-day struggles can be optimized. Emily enjoys working closely with clients to find the best path forward.


Industries

Service

Recognition

  • Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society, 2016-present
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Commercial Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2021

Education

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

Admissions

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

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • The American Lawyer's Young Lawyers Editorial Board, Inaugural Member, 2017-present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Young Lawyers Division, Past President, 2020-Present; Wisconsin Taskforce on Lawyer Well-Being, Inaugural Member, 2020-present
  • Milwaukee Bar Association, 2014-present
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, Membership Committee, 2014-present

Clerkships

  • Hon. Pamela Pepper, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Hon. Pamela Pepper, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
Experience

Litigation

  • Represented clients in state and federal litigation involving complex breach of contract claims and dealership disputes.
  • Advised beverage manufacturer ahead of and strategized throughout process of terminating its 300+ distributors in order to transition to new distribution strategy.
  • Obtained injunction against manufacturer, prohibiting termination of client's dealership agreement pending trial.

Financial Litigation

  • Assisted lenders and servicers with foreclosures and other collection activities.
  • Defended clients in litigation against federal and state debt collection claims in trial and appellate courts.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of loan servicing client in consumer action brought by borrower.

Pro Bono

  • Successfully challenged conditions of confinement at Wisconsin's juvenile prison.
  • Obtained favorable jury verdict for defamation against Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist.
Outside the Office

Tennis is Emily’s first court.

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Emily started playing tennis at age five. She has stayed with the sport – for its camaraderie, community building and competition – ever since. Emily 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. She has also served as President of the Board at the Milwaukee Debate League (MDL), a program building confidence through debate competition within middle- and high-school student populations across Milwaukee. Emily now maintains an active pro bono practice, and her 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.

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