Emily Friend Horner is a special counsel and litigation attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. Her practice concentrates on varied types of business and commercial litigation, representing lenders in complex commercial foreclosures, loan workouts, and bankruptcy proceedings; owners in real estate disputes; businesses in government bid protests and other administrative proceedings; public companies in securities litigation; and private and public companies in other business-related litigation. In this capacity, Emily serves a broad range of clients, including financial institutions, public companies, privately held businesses, professionals, developers, and contractors.
Emily represents clients at every level of litigation and has acted on a seconded basis internally with clients, giving her a unique and creative insight into serving businesses’ needs.
She is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations, and Securities Enforcement & Litigation Practices.
- Successfully represented port authority in case by St. Johns Riverkeeper, Inc., seeking injunction against dredging of the St. Johns River in Duval County, Florida, including first chairing final oral argument.
- Extensive successful representation in litigation matters involving fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, and piercing the corporate veil.
- Represented a Fortune 50 health insurer in the successful defense of multiple bid protests of an award of a US $1bn+ contract to provide Medicaid managed care services to the State of Iowa in the state’s largest ever procurement.
- Six-month secondment with a publicly traded real estate investment trust.
- Management of large-scale, multi-million document reviews related to internal investigations, including supervision of related large-scale attorney review and related productions.
- Successful representation of companies in internal and SEC investigations involving potential accounting fraud.
- Represented a Fortune 50 health insurance company in obtaining a favorable settlement of a wrongful death claim by an employee of a subcontractor based on assertion of workers’ compensation immunity.
- Extensive successful representation defending against preliminary injunction motions and obtaining preliminary injunctions.
- Extensive successful representation of banking and lending corporations in all aspects of complex commercial foreclosure actions and loan workouts.
Awards and Recognition
- Recognized in Commercial Litigation by The Best Lawyers in America® (2023-24)
- Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers® Rising Stars® list (2016-2023)
- Named in Florida Trend’s Legal Elite Up & Comers lists (2017 and 2018)
- Recognized on “40 under 40” list (2016)
- Recipient of the Lynford Lardner Community Service Award in recognition of her volunteer work and civic involvement (2016)
- Recognized as New and Notable Volunteer, Association of Junior Leagues International
- Former chair, Jacksonville Bar Association Law Day Committee
- Member, Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association
- Member, Florida Association of Women Lawyers
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, Federal Bar Association
- Member, Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Association
- Member, Jacksonville Bar Association
- Barrister of the Chester Bedell American Inn of Court
- Pro bono counsel for clients, including local nonprofits, victims of crimes, and in civil rights matters
- Former president, legal counsel, and committee chair, current volunteer, Junior League of Jacksonville (JLJ)
- With Foley team, recognized as Business Partner of the Year (2014)
- Recognized as Volunteer of the Year (2013)
- Former member, United Way of Northeast Florida Resource Management Team
- North Florida admissions ambassador, William & Mary Law School
- Former board member, College of William & Mary North Florida Alumni Chapter
- Member and Dolores Barr Weaver fellow, Women’s Giving Alliance
- Former legal counsel mentor, ATHENA PowerLink Program, JAX Chamber Foundation
- Former member, Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2016
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- , 304 F. Supp. 3d 1229 (M.D. Fla. 2018)
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