Emma R. Denny
To many who watched Emma Denny grow up, it was no surprise that she became an attorney. Beginning at a young age, Emma confronted authority while championing fair treatment of others. Fearless and with a bit of a rebellious streak, she frequently stood up to those she saw perpetrating injustice against others, at school and in her community. Those earliest experiences in a low-income, public school setting left lifelong impressions and guided her on the road ahead.
From her hometown of Tallahassee, Florida, Emma headed to New Orleans to study Economics and History at Tulane University. Hurricane Katrina struck at the beginning of her sophomore year, and the devastating storm altered her course of study. She graduated from college in three years and, drawing on her own experiences in the public school system, began working in New Orleans’ charter school reform movement. Her passion for public education was at the heart of her work for education reform non-profits in New Orleans, but a law career beckoned. She headed north to Minnesota to attend the University of Minnesota Law School and to be close to her extended family. In Minneapolis, she has found a welcoming community and thrived.
Emma’s tireless work ethic, tenacious spirit, and fierce advocacy have guided her life and are central to her success. She is an experienced, tough employment attorney, who is relentless in her pursuit of justice for clients who have been wronged by their employer. She has successfully litigated cases in state and federal court and negotiated favorable resolutions for clients facing discrimination, whistleblower, harassment, FMLA, ERISA, disability and religious accommodation, wage, retaliation, contract agreements and a host of other disputes. Emma is a dedicated champion of justice, working closely with her clients through all stages of a legal proceeding to reach a favorable outcome.
Recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star 2016-2018 and as one of the Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota, Emma currently serves on the governing council of the Minnesota State Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law. She also volunteers for the Tubman Pro Bono Safety Project as a volunteer lawyer representing low-income victims of domestic violence.
Emma’s competitive and energetic nature is alive and well outside the courtroom as well. Once an amateur boxer, she now participates in triathlons, enjoys a lively game of kickball, and spends most of her free time with her friends and family. She has also discovered that a warm coat makes Minnesota winters much more enjoyable.
“I’m a fierce advocate for fairness. When clients have been mistreated, I’ll fight to set things right.”
Areas of Practice
- Employment Law – Employee
- Labor and Employment
- Sexual Harassment
- Civil Rights
- Minnesota Supreme Court
- U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
- University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- J.D. – 2013, cum laude
- Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
- B.A. – 2007, cum laude
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Hennepin Bar Association
- Minnesota State Bar Association – Labor and Employment Law Section, Governing Council
- National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), Minnesota Chapter
- Tubman Pro Bono Safety Project – Volunteer Attorney
- Mo’ Claims Mo’ Problems: How Courts Ignore Multiple Claimants in Employment Discrimination Litigation, 30 LAW & INEQ. 339 (2012).
- Not There Yet: Sexism Facing Young Female Attorneys in the Legal Profession Today, With Equal Right (2017).
- 2016 Minnesota State Employment Law Update, MSBA Labor & Employment Section Publication.
Honors and Awards
- Rising Star, Minnesota Super Lawyers 2016