Emma is an experienced, tough, and tenacious litigator who specializes in representing employees in a variety of different employment disputes. She also routinely negotiates favorable settlement resolutions, and has recovered over $20 million for her clients. In addition to her extensive experience with settlement negotiations, Emma has considerable courtroom experience, including motion hearings, trials, and appeals in both state and federal court. She is a dedicated advocate for her clients, working closely with them at all stages of a legal proceeding to obtain a favorable outcome. She is driven by a passion to right the wrongs experienced by her clients in the workplace.
Emma has been selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine every year since 2016, a distinction given to less than 2.5% of attorneys in Minnesota to recognize their excellence in the practice of law. Emma has also been recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota.
Emma currently serves as the Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Council. She also volunteers for the Tubman Pro Bono Safety Project as a volunteer lawyer representing low-income victims of domestic violence in legal proceedings.
While in law school, she served as a staff member on Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice, as well as the President of New Orleans Legal Assistance. She also held a variety of internships, including semesters as a law clerk at a Minneapolis plaintiffs’ employment law firm, the Florida Attorney General’s Office, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota, the Washington County Attorney’s Office, and as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Mary R. Vasaly in Hennepin County District Court.
Emma also routinely moderates panels and gives presentations on employment-related topics. She is also frequently interviewed by media outlets about topical employment law issues.
Emma has roots in the Midwest, but grew up in Tallahassee, Florida. Prior to her legal career, Emma lived in New Orleans, where she worked in public education. In her free time, Emma enjoys playing rec sports, competing in bar trivia, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.
Location: Minneapolis Office
Areas of Practice
- Employment Law – Employee
- Labor and Employment
- Wrongful Termination
- Sexual Harassment
- Sexual Assault
- Civil Rights
- Employment Agreements and Contracts
- Wage and Hour Violations
- State of Minnesota
- U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
- U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
- Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
- University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN
Juris Doctor, 2013
Honors: graduated cum laude
- Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Bachelor of Arts, 2007
Majors: Economics and History
Honors: graduated cum laude
Honors and Awards:
- Rising Star, Super Lawyer Magazine, 2016-Present
- Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association Labor & Employment Section Governing Council
- National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), MN Chapter
- Federal Bar Association, Member
- Minnesota Women Lawyers, Member
- Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
- Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
- Tubman Pro Bono Safety Project, Volunteer Attorney
- “Injured workers have another legal tool thanks to the Minnesota Supreme Court,” Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune, March 16, 2019: https://www.startribune.com/injured-workers-have-another-legal-tool-thanks-to-the-minnesota-supreme-court/507170692/.
- “COVID-19: As more people return to work, 4 things to know about your rights,” Catharine Richert, MPR News, July 6, 2020: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2020/07/06/covid19-as-more-people-return-to-work-four-things-to-know-about-your-rights.
- “How to Talk to Your Boss About Working from Home Permanently,” Liz Collins, WCCO, May 3, 2021: https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/video/5549142-how-to-talk-to-your-boss-about-working-from-home-permanently/.
- “Lawsuit: Mayo Clinic unjustly fired custodial worker who accused a supervisor of raping her,” Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, June 28, 2021: https://m.startribune.com/lawsuit-mayo-clinic-unjustly-fired-custodial-worker-who-accused-a-supervisor-of-raping-her/600072878/.
- “Civil Litigation During a Pandemic – The Bench’s Perspective,” Panel Moderator, Minnesota State Bar Association Labor & Employment Section, February 2021
- “Tips from the Trial Court on Winning Your Next Employment Trial,” Panel Moderator, Minnesota State Bar Association Labor & Employment Section, February 2020
- “How #MeToo is Impacting Employment Law Today,” Panelist, Minnesota State Bar Association Labor & Employment Section, October 2018
- Testimony before the Minnesota House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Workplace Safety and Respect, March 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-c1rNW9ulLE&t=3s.
- “Insightful or Inciteful – When Employee Speech and the Employer’s Reaction to it Become the News,” Panelist, Minnesota State Bar Association Labor & Employment Section, January 2018
- “Service Animals in the Workplace – Making it Work,” Panelist, Minnesota CLE, September 2017
- “Mo’ Claims Mo’ Problems: How Courts Ignore Multiple Claimants in Employment Discrimination Litigation,” Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice, 2012: https://scholarship.law.umn.edu/lawineq/vol30/iss2/5/.