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 is a go-to brief writer, and has worked on some of the firm’s most successful motions, including those that led to defeating several putative class actions at the motion to dismiss stage, securing reversal of class certification at the Eighth Circuit, and obtaining complete summary judgment for clients in cases involving product labeling or alleged product liability. Ms. Ambrose also has broad experience in all aspects of civil pretrial practice, including defending and taking witness and expert depositions, arguing motions, and conducting all phases of discovery, including coordinating large-scale electronically stored information (ESI) discovery.

Ms. Ambrose was recognized as an “Up & Coming Attorney” by Minnesota Lawyer in 2015 and has been recognized as a “Rising Star” each year since 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

  • Benchmark Litigation Minnesota Future Star
  • Super Lawyers®- Rising Star (since 2015)
  • America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy
  • 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 (all semesters)

PRESENTATIONS/PUBLICATIONS

  • Small Firm, Big Impact: Diversity & Inclusion for the Solo/Small Firm Litigator, ABA Section of Litigation, Roundtable Panelist (Aug. 6, 2020)
  • How Do Small Firms and Solo Practitioners Navigate the Class Action Arena?, ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference, CLE (May 2, 2019)
  • 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

  • Product Labeling Class Actions. Won dismissal of Hebrew National class action against ConAgra Foods, Inc., and two Nature Valley class actions against General Mills on motions to dismiss. Won complete summary judgment for Rockline Industries, Inc., in action alleging that flushable wipes were clogging sewer systems. The district court agreed that Rockline’s claims were not false or misleading, and denied plaintiffs injunctive relief. 
  • Product Liability Cases. Represents various Fortune 500 company clients on products liability cases in state and federal court nationwide, including in cases alleging that PAM® cooking spray products are defective. Secured summary judgment as to all claims and exclusion of plaintiff’s expert in Urena v. ConAgra Foods, Inc (E.D.N.Y. 2020).  Represented ConAgra Foods in successfully opposing an expert’s petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court in Egilman v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., 133 S. Ct. 1583 (2013).
  • Environmental Class Action. Defended General Mills, Inc., against class action claims brought by residents claiming vapor intrusion from groundwater contamination from a former General Mills facility on East Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis. Class certification was reversed by the Eighth Circuit.
  • Business Litigation. Assisted in discovery and 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.

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