Cities, towns, and special purpose districts face an array of diverse and unique challenges. As an attorney in the firm’s municipal group, Emily proactively assists municipalities in all areas of the law including land use, public works projects and financing, telecommunications, and regulatory compliance. Municipalities face complicated and complex problems, and Emily strategically collaborates with staff, elected officials, and residents to create practical legal solutions for her clients. Whether advising clients regarding the effect of new regulations, negotiating public-private partnerships, or advocating in litigation, Emily leverages her experience and ability to connect with her clients to synthesize information and solve problems.

Emily received her B.S. in Political Science from University of Oregon and her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law. During law school, Emily was a staff editor for the Seattle Journal for Social Justice, and externed with both the City of Bellevue and the City of Seattle’s legal departments. Prior to joining Ogden Murphy Wallace, Emily worked at a local land use law firm advising clients on land use permitting procedures and requirements, and assisting clients with land use appeals. Emily is admitted to practice in Washington, and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Having moved from Alaska to Seattle for law school, you can most likely find Emily outside exploring Washington’s lakes and mountains via skies and kayaks with her Shiba Inu, Kitsune.

Practice Areas

Association Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys


  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law
  • B.S., University of Oregon, Political Science

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, WSAMA Fall 2019 Conference, “Revisiting the Initiative and Referendum Statute”
  • Co-Presenter, WSBA Environmental and Land Use Law Mid-Year Conference, “Land Use Case Law Update – A Dozen Cases to Know”
  • Co-Presenter, “Telecom Legal Update 2019,” Washington Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, May 2019
  • Co-Presenter, "FCC New Small Cell Order & What It Means for Washington Cities," OMW Webinar, October 2018


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