University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 2013

University of Minnesota, B.A., 2005

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota


  • Honorable Lorie Skjerven Gildea, Minnesota Supreme Court
  • Honorable Wilhelmina M. Wright, United States District Court, District of Minnesota.
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Emily Peterson is a member of the Employment, Benefits and Labor section and practices in the areas of employment counseling, employment litigation and business litigation.

She works with employers in a wide variety of employment counseling and litigation matters. Emily counsels clients on day-to-day employment matters such as hiring, promoting, disciplining, terminating, determining reasonable accommodations and ensuring compliance with state and federal hour, wage and leave requirements. She also represents clients in state and federal courts, as well as before state and federal agencies such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.

Prior to attending law school, Emily was a writer for the Star Tribune. While in law school, Emily served as a note and comment editor on the Minnesota Law Review and interned at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the United States Attorney’s Office. Since completing law school, Emily has clerked for Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea of the Minnesota Supreme Court and Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Honors & Awards

  • Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2017