Emily A. McNee is a strategic advisor and litigator who routinely works with employers on a broad range of employment law issues arising under federal, state, and local law. She has specific experience with matters involving:

  • Medical leaves and disability accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and similar state leave laws
  • Allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation
  • Claims of defamation and tortious interference
  • Employment policies and handbooks

Emily has experience handling all stages of pretrial litigation, including discovery management, briefing and arguing dispositive motions, taking and defending depositions, and mediation and settlement negotiations.

Emily has also conducted training programs and seminars on topics such as preventing harassment in the workplace, and compliance with the ADA and the FMLA.

Prior to joining Littler, Emily was a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Louise Dovre Bjorkman at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Professional & Community Affiliations


American Bar Association


Minnesota State Bar Association


Hennepin County Bar Association


Named, Ones to Watch

The Best Lawyers in America®


News, Analysis & Press

The Mansfield Rule

Minnesota Women Lawyers

June 11, 2020

NLRB Narrows Employer Limitations on Workplace Communications

Business Management Daily

February 3, 2015

Pregnancy Discrimination in Higher Education: Accommodating Student Pregnancy

20 Cardozo J.L. & Gender 63


Note, Disrupting the Pickering Balance: First Amendment Protections for Teachers in the Digital Age

97 Minn. L. Rev. 1818


Speaking Engagements

2023 Midwest Regional Employer Conference

Minneapolis, MN

November 9, 2023

After the Ball Drops: Employment Law Updates and Hot Topics for the Year Ahead

Twin Cities Compensation Network, Minneapolis, MN

January 17, 2023

Mental Health Matters: Complying with the ADA, FMLA, and Minnesota Law in Challenging Times

CLE Webinar

November 28, 2022

2022 Midwest Regional Employer Conference

Minneapolis, MN

November 3, 2022

The New Normal of Virtual Litigation

Minnesota Association of Litigation Support Professionals Presentation

August 18, 2022

COVID-19 in the Workplace: Recent Developments and Compliance Challenges

TCSHRM Webinar

October 21, 2021

2021 Upper Midwest Virtual Regional Employer Conference

Minneapolis, MN

October 20, 2021

Supporting Mental Health in the Post-Pandemic Workplace

TCSHRM Webinar

July 29, 2021

Land of 10,000 Laws? – A Minnesota Legislative Update

TCSHRM Webinar

July 21, 2021

Navigating Difficult FMLA and ADA Issues in the Middle of a Pandemic

Minneapolis, MN

June 10, 2021

Moving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programs Forward

2021 TCSHRM Legal Summit

February 4, 2021

Key Developments in Employment Law from 2020: Answers to 10 of the Biggest Employment Law Questions Facing Employers in 2020 & 2021 – Including Implications of COVID-19

TCSHRM Webinar

October 21, 2020

Employment Law for Human Resource Practice: Work-Life Conflicts and Other Diversity Issues

St. Mary’s University

October 12, 2020

Answers to 10 of the Biggest Employment Law Questions Facing Startups and Emerging Companies

Twin Cities Startup Week

September 24, 2020

Is it Really Time to Return to Work? So Soon?

June 4, 2020

HR's Role in COVID-19: Part 1 - The Legal Side

TCSHRM Web Series

April 6, 2020

Issues and Insights Legislative Breakfast Series

TwinWest Chamber of Commerce

March 13, 2020

Answers to 10 of the Biggest Employment Law Questions Facing Startups and Emerging Companies

The Coven

August 28, 2019

Disabilities Accommodations Bootcamp: Mastering the Interactive Process

Minneapolis, MN

August 22, 2019

Sex, Drugs, & Doctor’s Notes: Addressing Emerging Issues in Pay Equity, Drug Testing, and Handling Accommodations related to Prescription and Recreational Drug Use During the Hiring Process

TCSHRM Legal Summit

February 14, 2019

EEOC Charges from A to Z

Twin Cities SHRM Chapter (TCSHRM) Webinar

October 18, 2017


  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 2013magna cum laude
  • B.A., St. Olaf College, 2010magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa


  • French

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa