Emma received her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. At UH, she gained valuable courtroom experience while interning for the Honorable Nancy K. Johnson of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. As an intern, she received exposure to high-profile trials and assisted the judge in drafting substantive legal opinions. In order to gain experience in different areas of litigation during law school, Emma also interned for the Texas Civil Rights Project and the University of Houston’s Office of the General Counsel. Throughout her law school career, she worked at three Houston-based litigation firms, including Doyle Dennis LLP. While working for Doyle Dennis, Emma discovered her passion for helping others. In fact, she returned to work at Doyle Dennis every subsequent year.
Emma grew up in Houston, Texas. She later moved to San Marcos, Texas and received a Bachelor of Arts in English at Texas State University. In college, she discovered her passion for justice and advocacy. After graduating from college, Emma knew she wanted to return to her roots and practice law in Houston.
Since joining Doyle Dennis as an Associate Attorney, Emma has worked extensively on the firm’s maritime law docket. She has represented a multitude of workers who were injured offshore. In recent months, her practice has involved drafting a response to a scaffolding rental company’s motion for summary judgment, responding to vessel owners’ requests to exclude expert testimony, defending key expert witnesses during depositions, and meeting with clients to discuss case strategies. Emma has also thoroughly analyzed causes of action under the Seaman’s Protection Act and communicated with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in order to pursue her client’s whistleblower claims.
In her free time, Emma enjoys hiking, volunteering at The Montrose Center, and serving on the Board of Directors for the Texas Freedom Network and the Prism Foundation.
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND Memberships
- American Association for Justice
- National LGBT Bar
- Asian American Bar Association of Houston
- Houston Trial Lawyers Association
- Texas, 2021
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
- University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
- Juris Doctor – 2021
- Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
- Bachelor of Arts in English – 2018
- Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Honors and awards
- Phyllis R. Frye Writing Competition Award
- Debra Hunt Emerging Leader Award
- Billings, Exum & Frye Moot Court Competition’s “Fifth Best Oral Advocate” (of 96)
- Barksdale Stevens Award
- Ralph Trent and Lucia Cheney Award for Poetry