Emily Duffy






100 Court Avenue, Suite 600
Des Moines, IA 50309


Charles Tamay

Court Admissions

All Iowa Courts

U.S. District Court – Southern District of Iowa


J.D. (Highest Honors), Drake University Law School, 2019

B.A., University of Iowa, 2012

Bar Admissions

Iowa, 2019


Emily is a member of the firm’s Government Law Practice Area, working with cities, counties, and other public entities in addressing all legal aspects of their operations, including litigation. Emily counsels clients regarding procurement and bidding matters, public records, land use and zoning, and general municipal law.

Emily prosecutes municipal violations and represents cities in nuisance property matters. She also defends public entities in litigated matters. She is skilled in research and discovery, as well as communicating with clients on case strategy and court proceedings.

Upon graduation from Drake Law School, Emily worked at the law firm of Timothy M. Duffy, P.C. in the areas of criminal and family law. She served as defense counsel/co-counsel in over 350 criminal cases and worked with over 300 clients in various family law matters. Prior to law school and with a degree in English, Emily worked at Computer Systems Institute, an educational organization in Chicago, as an online high school administrator. During law school, she was passionate about helping others through the Drake Legal Clinic as a Certified Student Attorney.


American Bar Association

Iowa State Bar Association

Polk County Bar Association


Drake Law School – CALI award in Trial Advocacy (highest scoring student in this law class)


Iowa City/County Management Association, Iowa Municipal Management Institute, "Avoiding Legal Landmines in the Use of ChatGPT and Other AI Tools," with Maria Brownell, March 2024

Legislative Services Agency, Fall Legal Seminar Series, "An Overview of Municipal Law," with Kristine Stone, November 2023

Professional, Community and Civic Leadership

Capital City Pride, Events Committee, 2023 - present

Minnesota Lavender Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2017-2018

St. Thomas School of Law, Out!Law organization, Treasurer, 2017-2018

Street Law, Minneapolis, Volunteer (providing instruction to high school students in underserved communities on various areas of law), 2017-2018

Hennepin County Self-Help Center, Volunteer Student Attorney, 2016-2017