Emily Friend O'Leary is a senior counsel and litigation attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. Her practice concentrates on varied types of business and commercial litigation, representing businesses in government bid protests and other administrative proceedings; owners in real estate disputes, lenders in complex commercial foreclosure, loan workouts and Chapter 11 bankruptcy; owners, developers general contractors, subcontractors, and professionals in construction litigation; public companies in securities litigation, and private and public companies in other business related litigation and employment matters. In this capacity, Emily serves a broad range of clients, including financial institutions, public companies, privately held businesses, professionals, developers, and contractors, among others.
Emily represents clients at both the trial and appellate level. She has extensive experience in motion practice, has tried numerous cases, and has experience facilitating the efficient review of large volumes of electronic data in both investigations and civil suits.
She is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations, and Securities Enforcement & Litigation Practices.
Emily was recognized by the Jacksonville Business Journal on its “40 under 40” list in 2016, was selected for inclusion in the 2016-2019 Florida Super Lawyers - Rising Stars® lists, and was named in Florida Trend’s Legal Elite Up & Comers 2017 and 2018 lists. She was also a recipient of the Lynford Lardner Community Service Award in recognition of her volunteer work and civic involvement in 2016.
Emily’s work has resulted in several published decisions including:
Affiliations and Professional Memberships
Emily is active in her local community. She previously served as president of the Junior League of Jacksonville (JLJ). As president, she participated in the Salvation Army of Northeast Florida’s Women’s Auxiliary’s 31st Annual Celebrity Chefs Fundraiser, as a celebrity chef.
In addition, she previously served as president-elect and legal counsel for the JLJ as well as chairing various committees. As legal counsel, she led the Foley team that was recognized as Business Partner of the Year in 2014 by the League. She was also individually recognized as Volunteer of the Year in 2013. She was recognized by the Association of Junior Leagues International as a New and Notable Volunteer. She continues to serve the JLJ in numerous capacities. She previously served the United Way of Northeast Florida as a member of its Resource Management Team focused on income issues; William & Mary Law School as a North Florida Admissions Ambassador; and as a Delores Barr Weaver Fellow of the Women’s Giving Alliance.
She has previously served as chair of the Jacksonville Bar Association’s Law Day Committee; a legal counsel mentor for the ATHENA PowerLink Program with the JAX Chamber Foundation and as pro bono counsel for a number of other clients, including local nonprofits, victims of crimes, and in civil rights matters. Emily was additionally a member of Leadership Jacksonville’s Class of 2016 and has served as a member of the board of directors of the North Florida Alumni Chapter of the College of William & Mary.
She is also an active member of the Women’s Giving Alliance, Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association, Florida Association of Women Lawyers, American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Association, Jacksonville Bar Association, and as a Barrister of the Chester Bedell American Inn of Court.