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Emma E. Garrison

Staff Counsel

P. 303.244.1878 | F. 303.244.1879


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. 

Emma also previously 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.


Publications & Speaking Engagements


  • "The New Era of Proportionality," presented to the Wyoming State Bar (Nov. 11, 2016).

Other Articles/Presentations

  • 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).

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 
    Senior Vice President, 2017-2019
    Young Lawyers Division, Executive Council, 2010-2015
    Young Lawyers Division, Chair 2013-2014
Chief Justice's Commission on Professional Development, 2014-2018
COBALT Leadership Program, Class of 2013
Denver Bar Association
    Board of Trustees, 2016-2019
    Co-Chair, 2016 Barristers Benefit Ball
    Denver Docket contributor
Colorado Women's Bar Association
    Co-Chair, 2017 & 2018 Annual Convention
    Co-Chair, Membership Committee, 2018-present

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Challenge Foundation
    Mentor, 2011-2018
Wheels of Justice Cycling Team benefiting Children's Hospital Colorado, 2011-2016
Leadership Golden, Class of 2015
City of Golden, Historic Preservation Board, 2015-present

Personal Interests

Participating in triathlons and running events