Shareholder at Littler Mendelson P.C.

Emily Shoda advises and represents management in a broad range of employment matters. A large part of her practice is devoted to advising employers on difficult employment issues related to reductions-in-force and other downsizing issues. In addition, Emily has significant experience with HR and compliance audits, arbitration agreements, equal employment opportunity laws, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Emily also regularly defends single-plaintiff employment cases brought in federal and state courts as well as claims involving employment discrimination, retaliation and harassment before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as well as many state agencies. Emily also participated in the litigation team on significant class/collective actions for healthcare clients, one involving a 1,000+ member collective action involving claims of misclassification, overtime and other wagerelated issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act. During law school, Emily received multiple oral advocacy awards and was a judicial extern for Hon. Tu M. Pham, Western, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Western District of Tennessee.

Professional and Community Affiliations

• Member, State Bar of Georgia
• Member, Labor and Employment Section, Atlanta Bar Association
• Member, Junior Committee, Shepherd Center Society Recognition
• Recipient, CALI Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, 2011
• Top 10 Oralist, Robert F. Wagner Sr., National Labor Law and Employment Law Competition, 2011
• Runner-up for Best Oralist, Intraschool Advanced Moot Court Competition, University of Memphis School of Law, 2009


J.D., University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 2011, cum laude
B.A., University of Tennessee, 2008, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia
  • Tennessee Courts
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Tennessee Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee

Publications & Press

  • U.S. District Court Declares Georgia Wage Garnishment Statute Unconstitutional
    Littler ASAP
    September 18, 2015
  • Courts Continue to Be Split on Class Certification in Unpaid Intern Cases
    Littler ASAP
    May 16, 2014
  • 2012 ABA FLSA Subcommittee Annual Midwinter Report


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