Emily focuses her practice primarily on municipal law and family law. Emily has extensive experience in the field of municipal law, serving as assistant city attorney to numerous municipalities throughout southwest Michigan and across the state. Emily’s municipal practice is both transactional and litigation based. On the litigation side, Emily has handled contract disputes, employment disputes, Freedom of Information Act disputes, ordinance enforcement, and various other forms of litigation. On the transactional side, Emily also has extensive experience drafting and enforcing ordinances, contract negotiation, drafting of development agreements, jurisdictional transfer agreements, and a myriad of other municipal agreements used by her clients to help local government run smoothly and efficiently.
In her family law practice, she handles divorce, custody, parenting time, support, paternity, and a variety of post-judgment issues. Emily also has extensive experience preparing and negotiating prenuptial agreements of various levels of complexity. Emily has successfully navigated and resolved divorce matters involving sophisticated financial portfolios and family owned businesses. Emily’s approach to family law is grounded in reasonableness, but is aggressive, as she is always striving to get the best results for her clients in a cost-effective and expeditious manner that allows families to move forward from a difficult situation in the most dignified and healthy way possible. Emily also assists clients with other family related matters such as guardianships of children and adults and contested probate proceedings.
Emily also practices at the appellate level, having successfully upheld local ordinances against constitutional and evidentiary challenges and successfully defending clients against various other appeals in the Court of Appeals.
Emily offers an aggressive, yet practical, approach which allows her to bring the strongest case for her clients. Her strong organizational skills are reflected in her timeliness in responding to the needs of her clients, as well as her preparedness and articulate manner in court. Her confidence, communication skills, and responsiveness has earned her a well-respected reputation in the community with other lawyers, judges, and clients.
University of MichiganB.S., 2004
Walden UniversityM.S., 2007
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolJ.D., 2010
- cum laude
- Certificate of Merit
- Research and Writing
- Family Law
- Best Lawyers in America®
- "Ones to Watch," Family Law, 2021
- Grand Rapids Magazine
- "Top Lawyers," Family Law, 2020
- Michigan Super Lawyers®
- "Rising Stars," State, Local & Municipal Law, 2018-2020
- State Bar of Michigan
- Grand Rapids Bar Association
- Young Lawyers, Family Law, Litigation, and Criminal Law Sections
- Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM)
- West Michigan Region Annual Women Lawyers vs. Judges Charity Softball Game, committee member