Emily is legally-focused, so you can be mission-focused.


Emily practices law through Robertson Law Office, LLC, which works primarily with small to medium-size nonprofits and tax exempt organizations on issues surrounding tax and regulatory compliance, governance, and other areas more unique to the nonprofit sector.  Emily has spent the past 15 years working in and around nonprofit organizations, and this experience has enabled the development of a keen understanding of both the culture within nonprofit organizations, and the particular demands that nonprofits face on a daily basis.  Emily is currently a board member of both the Charities Review Council and the Hennepin County Bar Association, adjunct faculty teaching Nonprofit Law for Hamline University’s Masters in Nonprofit Management program, and a frequent speaker on governance, tax and other issues related to nonprofit organizations. Emily was named a “2014 Up & Coming Attorney” by Minnesota Lawyer.

Emily lives in Minneapolis with her wife Rachel, 11-year old Nokomis, three cats and a bunny.  When not advising nonprofits or volunteering for them, Emily attempts to be handy by learning how to fix things in their 1910 home, rides her Triumph Bonneville as much as possible, eats delicious food, and gets lost in a good book.  In 2013, Emily co-starred and co-produced a show for the 2013 Minnesota Fringe Festival: “…Kill All The Lawyers,” which made a smashing reappearance at the 2015 Charm City Fringe in Baltimore, MD.

Bar Admissions:
Juris Doctor, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN -- May 2011

B.A. in Social Justice, B.A. in Philosophy, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN -- May 2004

Legal Experience:
Adjunct Professor, Law for Nonprofit Organizations - Hamline University's Masters in Nonprofit Management Program, St. Paul, MN, Fall 2013 - present
Adjunct Professor of Law, Legal Planning Clinic for Tax-Exempt Organizations and Low Income Clients -- William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN, Fall 2012

Legal Administrator/Law Clerk -- Borenstein and McVeigh Law Office, Minneapolis, MN, 2006-2011

Law Clerk -- Harmon, Curran, Spielberg & Eisenberg, Washington, DC, Summer 2010

Affiliations and Community Involvement:
American Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
Minnesota Women Lawyers
Nonprofit Financial Group of the Twin Cities
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Associate Member
Membership Committee member, Twin Cities Metro Independent Business Alliance
Volunteer Attorney, LegalCorps
Vice Chair (2016), Secretary (2015), Core Priorities Committee, Charities Review Council
Vice Chair of the Finance and Planning Committee and Board Member, Hennepin County Bar Association
Mentor, University of St. Thomas School of Law Mentor Externship Program
Co-Chair, Hennepin County Bar Association's LINC Program (Leaders Impacting the Nonprofit Community)
Member, 317A Technical Amendments Committee, MSBA Business Law Section's Nonprofit Subcommittee, 2016
Member, Program Committee, Collaborative Community Law Initiative, 2017
Former Board Member, Hennepin County Bar Foundation
Former Board Member, Southside Family Charter School
Former Board Member, Minnesota Fringe
Minnesota Lawyer 2014 Up & Coming Attorney
Reviewer and editor of 2016 update of Chapter 4: Charitable Solicitation Registration, Minnesota Council of Nonprofit's Nonprofit Legal Handbook.
"Alternative Rate Structures: Adventures in billing at a for-profit, nonprofit law firm," Published on Small Firm Soapbox, a blog maintained by the Minnesota State Bar Association, January 21, 2016.
"Top Nonprofit-Specific Legal Issues," Published in "With Equal Right," a publication of Minnesota Women Lawyers, Volume XXXX, Issue I, Fall 2015.
"Disqualified Persons and the Intermediate Sanctions Excise Tax Scheme," posted at nonprofitaccountingbasics.org, a project of the Greater Washington Society of CPAs, October 2014; reprinted by Law for Change
"Advising Public Charity Boards on Lobbying Activities" -- Tax Section News, Minnesota State Bar Association, Summer 2012, at 9; also printed in the ABA's Business Law Section Nonprofit Organizations Committee Newsletter, Third Quarter 2012.
"Is the IRS Going to Scrutinize Political c4s?" - blog post reprinted in the Exempt Organization Tax Journal, June 26, 2012
Speaking Engagements and Trainings:
Co-Presenter, "Nonprofits and Political Activity in These Political Times," Minnesota State Bar Association Business Law Section's Nonprofit Subcommittee Brown Bag, April 24, 2017.
Presenter, "Exemption Issues and Small Organizations (or, How to Clean Up Messes)," and Panelist, "Practical and Timely Hints for Working with Nonprofit," 2017 Nonprofit Law ConferenceMarch 14, 2017.
Co-Presenter, "Skimp Now, Pay Later: Understanding Whether Staff are Employees or Independent Contractors," Nonprofit Financial Group, February 23, 2017.
Panelist, "Non-Profit Board Service: Governance and Ethical Considerations for Attorneys," Minnesota Women Lawyers Equity Committee, February 15, 2017.
Presenter, "Lobbying and Election Year Compliance Issues," Associations North, September 20, 2016.
Co-Presenter, "Legal Requirements and the Importance of Being Transparent," Minnesota Council of Nonprofits' Nonprofit Essentials Conference, August 9, 2016.
Presenter, "Lobbying and Political Activities in an Election Year for Tax Exempt Organizations," Minnesota State Bar Association Business Law Section's Nonprofit Subcommittee Brown Bag, June 10, 2016.
Presenter, "The Road to Compliance in an Election Year is Littered With Potholes," Associations North, 60th Annual Meeting and Expo, May 18, 2016. 
Instructor, “Managing Legal & Tax Issues," United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, May 6, 2016. 
Planning Committee Member and Presenter, "Watch Your Step: Excess Benefit Transactions in Compensation and Other Transactions with Insiders," 2016 Nonprofit Law Conference, April 11, 2016.
Presenter, "Starting a Charitable Organization," Independent School District 196, March 31, 2016.
Presenter and Course Co-Chair, "Role of a Board Member and Governance vs. Management," Hennepin County Bar Association's Leaders Impacting the Nonprofit Community, February 11, 2016.
Presenter, "Interested in Serving on a Nonprofit Board?" Webinar for Ramsey Couty Bar Association, January 22, 2016.
Presenter, "Tax Update," Boeckermann, Grafstrom & Mayer LLC, October 22, 2015.
Presenter, "Interested in Serving on a Nonprofit Board?" Ramsey County Bar Association's Solo Small Firm Section, September 24, 2015.
Co-Presenter, "Legal Requirements and the Importance of Being Transparent," Minnesota Council of Nonprofits' Nonprofit Essentials Conference, August 20, 2015.
Panelist, "Practicing Good Nonprofit Governance & Steps to Becoming a Nonprofit," Sister Cities International's 59th Annual Conference, July 17, 2015.
Co-Presenter, "Best Practice for Nonprofits: Top Ten Finance Issues Your Board Should Understand," sponsored by Highland Bank, June 3, 2015.
Presenter, "Charitable Organizations and Animal Welfare," Minnesota State Bar Association's 2015 Animal Law Seminar April 17, 2015.
Co-Presenter, "Top Ten Finance Issues Your Organization Should Understand,"  Schechter Dokken Kanter's Quarterly Roundtable SeriesMarch 25, 2015.
Planning Committee Member and Presenter, "How to Give Funds and Influence People Without Earmarking," 2015 Nonprofit Law ConferenceMarch 16, 2015.
Presenter, "Lobbying and Political Activities for Section 501(c)(3) Organizations," Minnesota State Bar Association Business Law Section's Nonprofit Subcommittee Brown Bag, January 27, 2015.
Co-Presenter, "Ten Finance Questions Board Members are Afraid to Ask,"  Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 2014 Annual Conference: Nonprofits in MotionNovember 6, 2014.
Co-Presenter, "Ten Finance Questions Board Members are Afraid to Ask," Nonprofit Financial Group of MinnesotaOctober 23, 2014.
Presenter, "Form 1023EZ - Another tool for your toolbox?Minnesota State Bar Association Business Law Section's Nonprofit Subcommittee Brown Bag, June 3, 2014.
Guest Lecturer, M.A. in Arts and Cultural Management Program - Saint Mary's University, Spring 2014 and Summer 2015.
Presenter, "Fiscal Agent? Fiscal Sponsor? Advising on Fiscal Sponsorship Issues," Minnesota State Bar Association Business Law Section's Nonprofit Subcommittee Brown Bag, April 14, 2014.
Planning Committee Member and Panelist, "Practice Resources: Your Guide to Nonprofit Practice in Minnesota," 2014 Nonprofit Law ConferenceMarch 12, 2014.
Co-Moderator, "Lawyers on Nonprofit Boards: Roles & Responsibilities; Exposures & Opportunities," Hennepin County Bar Association's LINC Program, February 27, 2014.
Co-Presenter, "Leech Lake Legacy: Charitable Organizations for Animal Welfare," Minnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, November 11, 2013.
Presenter and Course Chair, "Tips for Advising Clients on Fiscal Sponsorship Arrangements," "Common Missteps and Unique Issues in Advising Nonprofit Clients," Hennepin County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, June 13, 2013.
Instructor, 2013 Technical Assistance Workshops, presented to grantees of Headwaters Foundation for Justice, the Women's Foundation of Minnesota, and PFund Foundation; Winter/Spring 2013.
Guest Lecturer, Nonprofit Governance, Finance, and Law - Hamline University, Spring 2013.
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