Emily A. Ambrose

Attorney

Phone: 612.343.3263
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BACKGROUND

Emily Ambrose practices primarily in the areas of class action defense, food industry defense, products liability, and other complex litigation. Ms. Ambrose was recognized as an “Up & Coming Attorney” by Minnesota Lawyer in 2015. Before joining the firm, Ms. Ambrose served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Kevin G. Ross, Minnesota Court of Appeals, and the Honorable Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks, Minnesota Court of Appeals. She was also an Adjunct Professor at William Mitchell College of Law.

Ms. Ambrose is an active member of the ABA Section of Litigation and the LGBT Litigator Committee. Ms. Ambrose is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Minnesota and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth and Eleventh Circuits.

EDUCATION

  • William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 2010), summa cum laude, William Mitchell Law Review; student editor of The Business Lawyer
  • Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (B.A., 2007), magna cum laude; Senior Thesis:  Juror Bias:  Role of Homophobia, Jury Instruction, and Sexual Orientation in Homicide Sentencing

AWARDS

  • Super Lawyers®- Rising Star (since 2015)
  • Minnesota Lawyer Up & Coming Attorney
  • ABA Section of Litigation, Outstanding Subcommittee Chair, LGBT Committee
  • Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing
  • 6 CALI Awards for highest grade in Civil Procedure, Contracts I & II, Criminal Law, Criminal Appeals Clinic and Public International Law
  • Dean’s List, William Mitchell College of Law (Fall 2008-Spring 2010)

PRESENTATIONS/PUBLICATIONS

  • Candid Advice for New Lawyers, MN CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Jan. 29, 2016)
  • Capacity of Parties, Minnesota Contract Deskbook (3d Ed. 2016)
  • The Art of Writing A Persuasive Fact Section, American Bar Association, Commercial & Business Litigation (May 20, 2015).
  • Comparative LGBT RIGHTS Law:  Where Should You Have Your Gay Honeymoon?, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, LGBT Litigator (Aug. 7, 2014) 
  • Mid-Course Correction:  A Transgender Trial lawyer Shares her Journey, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, LGBT Litigator (Nov. 7, 2013) (Co- Authored)
  • The Unique Issues Facing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Litigators, elimination of bias CLE (May 2013) (organizer, presenter, and moderator).
  • Ruth Harlow:  One of Our Heroes, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, LGBT Litigator (Nov. 1, 2012)
  • Same-Sex Marriage:  Redefining the Movement, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, LGBT Litigator (Dec. 21, 2012)
  • Lawyers United:  the Marriage Amendment in Minnesota, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, LGBT Litigator (Nov. 1, 2012)
  • Remote Justice?  Expanding the Use of Interactive Video Teleconference in Minnesota Criminal Proceedings, 37 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 652, 653 (2011) (Co-Authored)

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

  • Class Action. Achieved reversal of class certification in environmental case involving a former research facility owned by General Mills. Ebert v. Gen. Mills, Inc., 823 F.3d 472 (8th Cir. 2016).
  • Class Action. Secured a complete defense victory for ConAgra Foods, Inc. in putative class action based on allegation that their Hebrew National brand beef products are not “100% kosher.”  Wallace v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., 920 F. Supp. 2d 995 (D. Minn. 2013) (dismissal based on the Establishment Clause); Wallace v. ConAgra Foods, Inc.,747 F.3d 1025 (8th Cir. 2014) (plaintiffs’ lacked Article III standing for claims).
  • Class Action. Secured a complete defense victory on behalf of General Mills, Inc. in a putative class action alleging that the company’s Nature Valley Snack bars are not “100% Natural” as advertised. Chin v. Gen. Mills, Inc., No. CIV. 12-2150 MJD/TNL, 2013 WL 2420455 (D. Minn. June 3, 2013).
  • Products Liability. Represented various Fortune 500 company clients on products liability, premises liability, and commercial claims arising in state and federal courts nationwide. Represented ConAgra Foods in successfully opposing an expert’s petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The case involved the issue of whether an expert witness has third-party standing to appeal a district court’s DaubertEgilman v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., 133 S. Ct. 1583 (2013).  
  • Business litigation. Assisted in the trial preparation for three-week bench trial in a contract dispute involving a large-scale IT outsourcing agreement, which resulted in a complete judgment for firm client, including client’s counterclaim. Currently defending General Mills, Inc. in a $20 million contractual-indemnity claim filed in the Northern District of Georgia. Following a complete dismissal, case was appealed to the Eleventh Circuit, which remanded the case for further proceedings. 

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