Emily concentrates her practice on environmental, health and safety, and land use matters.

In the environmental realm, Emily guides clients through regulatory compliance, site remediation, risk assessment and management, transfers of contaminated properties, enforcement actions, and cost recovery actions. Emily also advises clients on their workplace health and safety obligations and options, including in response to investigations and enforcement actions by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

A significant portion of Emily's practice is in land use permitting and litigation. Emily advises clients on zoning and planning compliance and strategy for their development projects. She has represented clients seeking approvals from municipal boards and councils and has experience handling contested land use matters before various municipal boards and courts.

Additionally, Emily advises clients—including for-profit and nonprofit businesses, individuals, and government clients—on various administrative and public law issues.

Outside of these particular practice areas, Emily assists with a variety of other commercial litigation and real estate transactional matters for the firm.

Representative Matters

Environmental

  • Assisted prospective purchasers, developers, and financial institutions with environmental due diligence in connection with commercial real estate acquisitions and loans.
  • Counseled developers, real estate owners and prospective purchasers, and financial institutions on handling and mitigating environmental risks associated with commercial real estate transactions and loans.
  • Counseled precious metal refining company on federal and state hazardous waste laws and regulations.
  • Counseled national retail gasoline station owner and operator on state environmental laws and regulations.
  • Assisted owner of a contaminated commercial property comply with environmental land use restrictions.
  • Assisted commercial clients respond to informal and formal enforcement actions brought by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.

Land Use

  • Assisted business and individual clients obtain and interpret regulatory entitlements.
  • Represented clients before municipal boards in connection with appeals of municipal official decisions, land development review, and requests for zoning relief.
  • Represented clients in various contested land use matters in Rhode Island Superior Court.
  • Assisted business and individual clients navigate state and local development and zoning laws.
  • Represented nonprofit community health center before municipal boards for development review and zoning relief for construction of a new community health center.

Real Estate

  • Assisted solar developer obtain necessary permitting and negotiate land purchase options, solar leases, purchase and sale agreements, and land condominiums to facilitate development projects.
  • Drafted and negotiated commercial leases for landlords.
  • Counseled national solar developer and operator through due diligence stages of distributed generation solar project purchases.
  • Counseled nonprofit community health center through real estate acquisitions and development, and representation before municipal boards for development review and zoning relief.

Litigation

  • Represented various landowners in trespass, nuisance, and negligence lawsuits involving neighboring development projects.
  • Acted as local counsel in a variety of commercial litigation matters in federal and state court, including a federal environmental cleanup and cost recovery action, out-of-state trade secrets litigation, securities litigation, and a patent lawsuit.
  • Represented Fortune 100 technology company in a small claims trial in Rhode Island District Court.

OSHA

  • Represented printing company in responding to OSHA inspection inquiries.
  • Represented chemical distribution company in connection with OSHA enforcement matter.

Education

  • Boston College, B.S., 2011
    • Environmental Geosciences, Major
    • Environmental Studies, Minor
  • Vermont Law School, J.D. (cum laude), 2014

Work Experience

Cervenka Green & Ducharme LLC
  •  Associate (2017 - Present)

Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP
  •  Associate (2014 - 2017)

Vermont Supreme Court
  •  Legal Extern (2014)

Trustees for Alaska
  •  Law Clerk (2013)

Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
  •  Law Clerk (2012)

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Rhode Island (2018 - 2021)

Civic & Charitable Involvement

  • Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Counsel, Hearing Officer (2018 - Present)
  • Eco RI, Inc., Secretary (January 2019 - Present) and Board Member (2016 - Present)
  • Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Committee, Rhode Island Chapter (2016 - 2018)

Professional Affiliations

  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Women's Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Section of Environmental Energy and Resources

Bar Admissions

  • Rhode Island Bar (2014)
  • Massachusetts Bar (2014)
  • U.S. District Court, Rhode Island
  • U.S. District Court, Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

Co-authored and co-presented the National Business Institute's "Real Estate Law Boot Camp," specifically: Part I. Purchase and Sale of Real Estate; Part III. Title and Title Insurance Explained; and Part IV. Real Estate Closings 101. March, 2020.