Emma Garrison
Emma Garrison
 

Emma Garrison's legal practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and employment matters at both the trial and appellate level. Prior to joining WTO in 2013, she served as an associate at a Denver law firm where she practiced commercial litigation in a variety of areas including employment, arbitration law, director liability, oil and gas contracts, water law, and legal malpractice.  Before that, she worked as an Honors Attorney Fellow at the Environmental Protection Agency and taught law students at the Institute for Public Representation clinic at Georgetown University Law Center. 

Immediately following law school, Emma served as a judicial law clerk to Chief Judge Hayden W. Head of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. She graduated from Berkeley Law and earned her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Other Experience

Environmental Protection Agency 
    Honors Attorney Fellow
Georgetown University Law Center
    Staff Attorney and Clinical Teaching Fellow

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Colorado Bar Association 
    Young Lawyers Division, Executive Council, 2010-2015, 
    Chair 2013-2014
Chief Justice's Commission on Professional Development
COBALT Leadership Program, Class of 2013
Denver Bar Association
    Board of Trustees, 2016 – present
    Co-Chair, 15x15 Task Force
    Co-Chair, 2016 Barristers Benefit Ball
    Denver Docket Committee Chair and contributor
Colorado Women's Bar Association
    Co-Chair, 2017 Annual Convention

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Challenge Foundation
    Mentor
Wheels of Justice Cycling Team benefiting Children's Hospital Colorado
Leadership Golden, Class of 2015
City of Golden, Historic Preservation Board

Personal Interests

Participating in triathlons and running events


Representative Cases
Bar and Court Admissions
  • California
  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia (inactive)
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
Other Experience

Environmental Protection Agency 
    Honors Attorney Fellow
Georgetown University Law Center
    Staff Attorney and Clinical Teaching Fellow

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Colorado Bar Association 
    Young Lawyers Division, Executive Council, 2010-2015, 
    Chair 2013-2014
Chief Justice's Commission on Professional Development
COBALT Leadership Program, Class of 2013
Denver Bar Association
    Board of Trustees, 2016 – present
    Co-Chair, 15x15 Task Force
    Co-Chair, 2016 Barristers Benefit Ball
    Denver Docket Committee Chair and contributor
Colorado Women's Bar Association
    Co-Chair, 2017 Annual Convention

Government Service

Law Clerk to Chief Judge Hayden W. Head, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Honors Fellow, Environmental Protection Agency Region VIII

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Challenge Foundation
    Mentor
Wheels of Justice Cycling Team benefiting Children's Hospital Colorado
Leadership Golden, Class of 2015
City of Golden, Historic Preservation Board

Personal Interests

Participating in triathlons and running events

Articles/Presentations
  • "The New Era of Proportionality," presented to the Wyoming State Bar (Nov. 11, 2016)
  • A Look at the Ironman® Triathlon Brand, 41 Colo. Law. 35 (2012).
  • Baffling Distinctions Between Criminal & Regulatory: How Public Law 280 Allows Vague Notions of State Policy to Trump Tribal Sovereignty, 8 J. Gender Race & Just. 449 (2004).
  • Entergy Arkansas, Inc. v. Nebraska: Does a Radioactive Waste Compact Nuke Sovereign Immunity, 30 Ecology L.Q. 449 (2003).
Education
  • University of California, Berkeley - Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 2004
    Ecology Law Quarterly, Managing Editor
  • University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 2001, Honors, Classics, & Plan II Honors Program
Government Service

Law Clerk to Chief Judge Hayden W. Head, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Honors Fellow, Environmental Protection Agency Region VIII

Bar and Court Admissions
  • California
  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia (inactive)
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California