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 defending consumer fraud class actions, international and domestic tobacco litigation and advising clients on hemp regulation. She regularly removes cases to federal court, 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, 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 Journals 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. As a court advocate, she managed large caseloads, communicated legal concepts in Spanish and interacted regularly with attorneys, law enforcement officers and trial court judges. 

Publications

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).