Helping nonprofits be more efficient and effective...

In 2011, Emily started Robertson Law Office, LLC, through which she helps nonprofits and tax exempt organizations with tax and regulatory compliance, governance, and general business issues.  Emily has spent much of her career working in and around nonprofit organizations, and this experience has provided her with the ability to understand both the culture within the organization, and the particular demands that nonprofits face on a daily basis.  Outside of Emily’s practice, she volunteers for various organizations, including as a board member of the Charities Review Council.  She is adjunct faculty for Hamline University in their Masters in Nonprofit Management program, and is a frequent speaker on governance, tax and other issues related to nonprofit organizations. Emily was recently named a “2014 Up & Coming Attorney” by Minnesota Lawyer.

Emily lives in Minneapolis with her wife, Rachel, energetic 10-year old, Nokomis, two cats and a bunny.  When not advising nonprofits or volunteering for them, Emily attempts to be handy and learn how to fix things in their 1910 home, ride her Triumph Bonneville as much as possible, eat delicious food, and get lost in a good book.  In 2012, she expanded her horizons by making her acting debut in a Minnesota Fringe Festival production, and loved it so much she returned to the 2013 Fringe Festival in “…Kill All The Lawyers.”
Bar Admissions:
Juris Doctor, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN -- May 2011

B.A. in Social Justice, B.A. in Philosophy, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN -- May 2004

Legal Experience:
Adjunct Professor, Law for Nonprofit Organizations - Hamline University's Masters in Nonprofit Management Program, St. Paul, MN, Fall 2013 - present
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

Legal Administrator/Law Clerk -- Borenstein and McVeigh Law Office, Minneapolis, MN, 2006-2011

Law Clerk -- Harmon, Curran, Spielberg & Eisenberg, Washington, DC, Summer 2010


American Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
Minnesota Women Lawyers
Nonprofit Financial Group of the Twin Cities
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Associate Member
Membership Committee member, Twin Cities Metro Independent Business Alliance
Volunteer Attorney, LegalCorps
Board Member and Officer (Secretary), Charities Review Council
Finance and Planning Committee Member, Hennepin County Bar Association
Mentor, University of St. Thomas School of Law Mentor Externship Program
Program Committee, Charities Review Council
Former Board Member, Hennepin County Bar Foundation
Former Board Member, Southside Family Charter School
Former Board Member, Minnesota Fringe
Minnesota Lawer 2014 Up & Coming Attorney
"Disqualified Persons and the Intermediate Sanctions Excise Tax Scheme," posted at, a project of the Greater Washington Society of CPAs, October 2014; reprinted by Law for Change
"Advising Public Charity Boards on Lobbying Activities" -- Tax Section News, Minnesota State Bar Association, Summer 2012, at 9; also printed in the ABA's Business Law Section Nonprofit Organizations Committee Newsletter, Third Quarter 2012.
"Is the IRS Going to Scrutinize Political c4s?" - blog post reprinted in the Exempt Organization Tax Journal, June 26, 2012
Speaking Engagements and Trainings:
Co-Presenter, Schechter Dokken Kanter's Quarterly Roundtable Series - "Top Ten Finance Issues Your Organization Should Understand," March 25, 2015.
Planning Committee Member and Presenter, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education --  2015 Nonprofit Law Conference. Presenter: "How to Give Funds and Influence People Without Earmarking," March 16, 2015.
Presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association Business Law Section's Nonprofit Subcommittee Brown Bag - Lobbying and Political Activities for Section 501(c)(3) Organizations, January 27, 2015.
Co-Presenter, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 2014 Annual Conference: Nonprofits in Motion - "Ten Finance Questions Board Members are Afraid to Ask", November 6, 2014.
Co-Presenter, Nonprofit Financial Group of Minnesota - "Ten Finance Questions Board Members are Afraid to Ask", October 23, 2014.
Presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association Business Law Section's Nonprofit Subcommittee Brown Bag - Form 1023EZ - Another tool for your toolbox?, June 3, 2014.
Guest Lecturer, M.A. in Arts and Cultural Management Program - Saint Mary's University, Spring 2014.
Presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association Business Law Section's Nonprofit Subcommittee Brown Bag - Fiscal Agent? Fiscal Sponsor? Advising on Fiscal Sponsorship Issues, April 14, 2014.
Planning Committee Member and Panelist, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education --  2014 Nonprofit Law Conference. Panelist: "Practice Resources: Your Guide to Nonprofit Practice in Minnesota," March 12, 2014.
Co-Moderator, Hennepin County Bar Association's LINC Program - Lawyers on Nonprofit Boards: Roles & Responsibilities; Exposures & Opportunities, February 27, 2014
Co-Presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education - Leech Lake Legacy: Charitable Organizations for Animal Welfare, November 11, 2013
Presenter and Course Chair, Hennepin County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education -- Common Missteps and Unique Issues in Advising Nonprofit Clients.  Presentation: "Tips for Advising Clients on Fiscal Sponsorship Arrangements," June 13, 2013.
Instructor, 2013 Technical Assistance Workshops, presented to grantees of Headwaters Foundation for Justice, the Women's Foundation of Minnesota, and PFund Foundation; Winter/Spring 2013
Guest Lecturer, Nonprofit Governance, Finance, and Law - Hamline University, Spring 2013
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