Emily practices law through Robertson Law Office, LLC, which works primarily with small to medium-size nonprofits and tax exempt organizations on issues surrounding tax and regulatory compliance, governance, and other areas more unique to the nonprofit sector. Emily has spent the past 15 years working in and around nonprofit organizations, and this experience has enabled the development of a keen understanding of both the culture within nonprofit organizations, and the particular demands that nonprofits face on a daily basis. Emily is currently a board member of both the Charities Review Council and the Hennepin County Bar Association, adjunct faculty teaching Nonprofit Law for Hamline University’s Masters in Nonprofit Management program, and a frequent speaker on governance, tax and other issues related to nonprofit organizations. Emily was named a “2014 Up & Coming Attorney” by Minnesota Lawyer.
Emily lives in Minneapolis with her wife Rachel, 11-year old Nokomis, three cats and a bunny. When not advising nonprofits or volunteering for them, Emily attempts to be handy by learning how to fix things in their 1910 home, rides her Triumph Bonneville as much as possible, eats delicious food, and gets lost in a good book. In 2013, Emily co-starred and co-produced a show for the 2013 Minnesota Fringe Festival: “…Kill All The Lawyers,” which made a smashing reappearance at the 2015 Charm City Fringe in Baltimore, MD.
B.A. in Social Justice, B.A. in Philosophy, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN -- May 2004
Adjunct Professor of Law, Legal Planning Clinic for Tax-Exempt Organizations and Low Income Clients -- William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN, Fall 2012
Member, 317A Technical Amendments Committee, MSBA Business Law Section's Nonprofit Subcommittee, 2016
Minnesota Lawyer 2014 Up & Coming Attorney
Speaking Engagements and Trainings:
Co-Presenter, "Nonprofits and Political Activity in These Political Times," Minnesota State Bar Association Business Law Section's Nonprofit Subcommittee Brown Bag, April 24, 2017.
Presenter, "Exemption Issues and Small Organizations (or, How to Clean Up Messes)," and Panelist, "Practical and Timely Hints for Working with Nonprofit," 2017 Nonprofit Law Conference
, March 14, 2017.
Co-Presenter, "Skimp Now, Pay Later: Understanding Whether Staff are Employees or Independent Contractors," Nonprofit Financial Group, February 23, 2017.
Panelist, "Non-Profit Board Service: Governance and Ethical Considerations for Attorneys," Minnesota Women Lawyers Equity Committee, February 15, 2017.
Presenter, "Lobbying and Election Year Compliance Issues," Associations North, September 20, 2016.
Co-Presenter, "Legal Requirements and the Importance of Being Transparent," Minnesota Council of Nonprofits' Nonprofit Essentials Conference, August 9, 2016.
Presenter, "The Road to Compliance in an Election Year is Littered With Potholes," Associations North, 60th Annual Meeting and Expo, May 18, 2016.
Planning Committee Member and Presenter, "Watch Your Step: Excess Benefit Transactions in Compensation and Other Transactions with Insiders," 2016 Nonprofit Law Conference, April 11, 2016.
Co-Presenter, "Legal Requirements and the Importance of Being Transparent," Minnesota Council of Nonprofits' Nonprofit Essentials Conference, August 20, 2015.
Panelist, "Practicing Good Nonprofit Governance & Steps to Becoming a Nonprofit," Sister Cities International's 59th Annual Conference, July 17, 2015.
Presenter, "Charitable Organizations and Animal Welfare," Minnesota State Bar Association's 2015 Animal Law Seminar
, April 17, 2015.
Planning Committee Member and Presenter, "How to Give Funds and Influence People Without Earmarking," 2015 Nonprofit Law Conference
, March 16, 2015.
Guest Lecturer, M.A. in Arts and Cultural Management Program - Saint Mary's University, Spring 2014 and Summer 2015.
Planning Committee Member and Panelist, "Practice Resources: Your Guide to Nonprofit Practice in Minnesota," 2014 Nonprofit Law Conference
, March 12, 2014.