Whether advocating for clients during litigation or providing counsel on high-stakes workplace issues, Emilie Hammerstein demonstrates creativity and resolve as a legal problem solver.

She represents domestic and global employers of all sizes before administrative agencies and in federal and state courts and arbitration. In addition, she has advised on a variety of employment concerns, with particular emphasis on leaves of absence and disability accommodations, as well as reductions in force.

Some of Emilie’s representative achievements on behalf of her clients include the following:

  • Secured favorable arbitration decision on behalf of national restaurant chain that faced accusations of sex discrimination, failure to promote, retaliation, hostile work environment and wage and hour violations
  • Won federal district court ruling on behalf of nationwide staffing and recruiting company in complaint involving defamation and multiple violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act. Also, the court ruled in favor of our client’s counterclaims
  • Obtained summary judgment that defeated national origin, race discrimination, failure to promote and termination claims against nationwide staffing company
  • Guided global manufacturers through a wide-ranging reduction in force at several of their locations. Also, assisted nationwide apparel retailers in numerous workforce reductions, including preparation for bankruptcy

Before joining Littler, Emilie was an associate in the labor and employment practice of a large regional, multipractice law firm. During law school, she was a topics editor on the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. Prior to attending law school, she taught English in Shanghai, China, and worked in broadcast marketing at CBS News in New York.

Affiliazioni professionali e istituzionali

Board Member

Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures

Board Member

Pittsburgh CLO

Former Trustee

Rodef Shalom Congregation


Named, The Best Lawyers in America©


Speaking Engagements

New PWFA Accommodation Challenges

Pittsburgh, PA

June 12, 2024

What to Expect When Employees Are Expecting - New PWFA Accommodation Challenges

Littler Executive Employer Conference, Phoenix, AZ

May 9, 2024

Sticky Situations: Handling Sensitive Employment Challenges in a Pandemic

Association of Corporate Counsel – Western Pennsylvania Chapter

May 20, 2021

COVID-19 Guidance for Employers: Updates and Practical Tips

June 2, 2020

COVID-19: Common Employer Questions Asked and Answered!

March 13, 2020

Happy (Paper) Trails: Creating Effective FMLA and ADA Policies, Templates and Practices that Won't Go Off the (Legal) Rails

Pittsburgh, PA

September 26, 2019

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Managing Challenges That Arise When the Employment Relationship Ends

Pittsburgh, PA

September 13, 2018

Leave Issues for 2015 and Beyond: Avoiding 15 Common FMLA Pitfalls and Preparing for Pittsburgh’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Pittsburgh, PA

September 22, 2015


  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 2009
  • B.A., Johns Hopkins University, 2002

Conoscenze linguistiche

  • Francese

Foro di appartenenza



  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania