Emily R. Brown

Emily brings to the firm her longstanding commitment to public interest advocacy and litigation.


Current Role

  • Associate, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP


  • Prior to joining Hagens Berman, Emily clerked for the Hon. Milton I. Shadur on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. 
  • Before clerking, Emily worked on litigation and policy advocacy campaigns in public housing and criminal justice reform as a Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellow at BPI (Business and Professional People for the Public Interest).
  • During law school, Emily interned at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, the Capital Habeas Unit of the Federal Community Defender for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the AIRE Center, an international human rights organization in London. She also served for two years as student attorney in the Michigan Innocence Clinic, was co-chair of the Poverty Law Society and the law school’s ACLU chapter, and served as note editor for the Michigan Journal of Law Reform.
  • Prior to law school, Emily interned at the Southern Poverty Law Center and worked as a paralegal for a nationally acclaimed civil rights law firm in Chicago.

Pro Bono

  • Emily serves as a volunteer attorney with First Defense Legal Aid. In that capacity, she provides immediate representation to people taken into custody by the Chicago Police Department.


  • Public-Private Partnerships: HUD's Lost Opportunities to Further Fair Housing, 21 LEWIS & CLARK L. REV. (2017)

Personal Insight

Though she hasn't competed in years (and was never especially fast), Emily is happiest when swimming. Come summertime, you can often find her in Lake Michigan.