100 Court Avenue, Suite 600
Des Moines, IA 50309
J.D. (Highest Honors), Drake University Law School, 2019
B.A., University of Iowa, 2012
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)
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