Emily focuses her practice on class action and complex litigation matters.

As a former law clerk for the Honorable Beth Phillips, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Missouri, Emily gained significant experience in all phases of litigation and federal practice and procedure. Emily has experience in a wide range of areas including consumer fraud, international and domestic tobacco litigation, cannabis regulation, and biometric privacy. She regularly removes cases to federal court, manages discovery, drafts dispositive motions and assists in Spanish language briefing.

During law school, Emily completed internships with the Honorable Fernando J. Gaitan, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Missouri; the Honorable Sarah W. Hays, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Missouri; and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri. She also authored a law review article, served as a comment editor on the UMKC Law Review Editorial Board, and worked as a research assistant on personal jurisdiction and civil rights case law.

Before entering law school, Emily worked as a bilingual court advocate for immigrant victims of domestic violence.

Publications and Presentations

Think Like a Woman: How to Develop Meaningful Relationships and Business, Shook's Junior Women's Management Council, June 22, 2022 (co-moderator).

Cannabis Litigation Risks: Hyperbolic Claims, Hidden THC, and Other Marketing and Labeling Perils, Food and Drug Law Institute Legal and Practical Issues in Cannabis Regulation Conference, panelist, May 25, 2022.

Missouri - Legal OverviewMarijuana Venture, May 19, 2022. 

State-Specific Cannabis Regulations, State Bar of Texas Cannabis CLE Webinar, March 8, 2022 (with Stephanie McGraw).

Trapped in a Regulatory Web: FDA Says Again That Hemp Extracts Containing CBD Cannot Be Marketed as a Dietary Supplement, Cannabis Law Journal, October 2021 (with Katie Gates Calderon and Kristin Kaplan).

New Guidance on Waste Disposal for Hemp Producers, Cannabis Industry Journal, February 11, 2021 (with Stephanie McGraw).

Cannabis-Infused Products: Labelling, Regulation and LiabilityMini-Roundtable, Corporate Disputes, July-September 2020.

Access to Justice for Undocumented Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence, 84 UMKC L. Rev. 2,  Winter 2015.