Emily M. Patterson Associate

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Emily focuses her practice on commercial litigation, contractual disputes, and financial litigation. She represents businesses and individuals in complex commercial litigation in federal, state, and administrative courts, at the trial level and on appeal, as well as arbitrations.

Prior to joining the firm, Emily clerked for the Honorable Glenn T. Harrell, Jr., on the Court of Appeals of Maryland.  She graduated from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law as an Order of the Coif member, a recipient of the Litigation & Advocacy Award, and a Rose Zetzer Fellow.

While attending law school, Emily served as President of the University of Maryland Moot Court Board and as a member of the Employment & Labor Law Trial Team.  She gained practical experience in the law school’s Appellate Advocacy Clinic, representing clients in the circuit courts of Maryland and on appeal in the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.  Additionally, she was an Asper Fellow with the Honorable Lynne A. Battaglia on the Court of Appeals of Maryland.


  • Successfully excluded expert report and won summary judgment on behalf of major financial institution against customer’s breach of contract and negligence claims.
  • Successfully represented one of the top mortgage servicers in America in a putative class action alleging that foreign statutory trusts that buy delinquent residential mortgage loans must be licensed as debt collectors under the Maryland Collection Agency Licensing Act (MCALA), and that the failure to be so licensed, was a violation of multiple federal and state consumer protection laws. We prevailed on the state law issue before the Court of Appeals of Maryland, and then subsequently prevailed in the related pending federal class actions.
  • Representation of corporations in a broad range of claims, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, and other tort claims.
  • Representation of major financial institutions in trial and appellate courts across the nation in various litigation matters ranging from allegations of fraud, violations of the Uniform Commercial Code, and violations of consumer protection and debt collection statutes.
  • Representation of financial institutions in responding to third party subpoenas and garnishments.
  • Representation of pro bono clients in estate planning and guardianship proceedings.