Emily serves as City Attorney for the City of Belvedere, as well as San Anselmo Assistant Town Attorney. Her practice includes advising the City Council, commissions, and City staff in various areas of law, including open meeting laws, conflicts of interest, land use and planning, and CEQA.
Emily has extensive experience in representing public entity clients including cities, redevelopment agencies, flood plain districts, and school districts. Emily also has advisory, transactional, and litigation experience in many areas of the law, such as land use, the adoption and defense of General and Specific Plans, eminent domain, governmental property acquisition and relocation, inverse condemnation, affordable housing, and CEQA. Emily has represented private clients in administrative hearings and litigation involving various issues including real estate, land use, zoning, and rent control.
Emily received her J.D. in 2000 from the University of California, Davis, School of Law, graduating with Order of the Coif honors. While at U.C. Davis, she published the article Friends of the Earth v. Laidlaw Environmental Services: A New Look at Environmental Standing, in the school’s environmental law and policy journal, Environs. Before attending law school, Emily worked in local and state-wide political and initiative campaigns, and worked with an environmental non-profit organization. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon in 1994. Emily currently lives in San Anselmo with her husband and two children.