“Employment law is one of my true loves of life and I wake up every day feeling lucky to be an employment attorney.”

Emily has a passion for all things related to employment law and has devoted her entire career as an attorney to exclusively practicing in this field.  In fact, Emily knew she wanted to be an employment attorney when she was in elementary school and watched her mother negotiate MOUs on behalf of her school district’s administration.

“Working closely with my clients is the most rewarding part of my job.”

Emily is a true people person and enjoys creating meaningful relationships with her clients.  Emily practices all areas of employment law, but specializes in severance negotiations, advice and counsel to executives (including negotiating exits), representing employees who are the subject of an investigation, and serving as general counsel for small employers.  These areas of her practice are Emily’s favorites as they allow her to spend considerable amounts of time working with her clients, getting to know their needs well, advocating on their behalf, and ultimately making their lives and businesses thrive.

Emily was born and raised in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains and received her undergraduate degree from University of California, San Diego, where she spent a year in Spain studying comparative politics at the Universidad de Complutense de Madrid.  Emily spent a gap year teaching in Seoul and backpacking throughout Southeast Asia and India. While at the University of San Francisco School of Law, Emily worked for Duane Morris in Ho Chi Minh City.

When Emily is not spending time advocating on behalf of her clients, you can find her traveling (she’s aiming to travel to every country in the world), hiking with her family, or enjoying a coffee with a good book.  Emily recently relocated from Alameda, California to Toronto.  Emily speaks Spanish and is currently learning French.

Emily is a former board member of the Aids Legal Referral Panel (ALRP).  Emily also trains ALRP panel attorneys on all employment law topics, such as negotiating severance packages and filing discrimination claims.


Emily is admitted to the State Bar of California and the U.S. District Courts in the Northern District and Central District of California.

Emily is a Foreign Legal Consultant permitted by the Law Society of Ontario to provide legal advice limited to California and U.S. law.

Emily Thiagaraj