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Emily represents companies in complex civil litigation as well as government and internal investigations. Emily's relationship-centered approach to serving her clients ensures she is effectively able to understand and then meet their business needs.

A thoughtful litigator, Emily advises businesses in a variety of practices, with particular experience in False Claims Act litigation, antitrust matters, and breach-of-contract actions of all shapes and sizes. Clients appreciate Emily's direct, focused, and practical approach, her ability to anticipate challenges, and her superb grasp of the court system. In Emily’s practice, listening is key and she particularly enjoys partnering with her clients to understand their goals and objectives and strategizing together to identify the best path forward.

Before joining Greene Espel, Emily served as a law clerk to the Honorable David S. Doty of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. Prior to law school, Emily managed alumni relations for Carleton College and Hamline University.


  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif; Managing Editor, Minnesota Law Review
  • B.A., Carleton College, History, cum laude


  • Fredrikson & Byron, Associate
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, The Honorable David S. Doty, Law Clerk


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • State Bar of Minnesota


  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter

Emily's Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation

    Our business litigation practice embraces the wide variety of commercial disputes facing private and public companies today. Areas of particular expertise include intellectual property, antitrust, securities, employment, professional liability, and construction disputes.

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  • Accountant Liability

    Greene Espel has extensive experience in a wide variety of disputes and problems confronting accounting firms, including the representation of Big Four, regional, and local accounting firms in audit, tax, and consulting negligence lawsuits, class action securities litigation, review board proceedings, and various federal and state regulatory and criminal matters. 

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  • Antitrust and Competition

    Greene Espel can help you navigate antitrust and competition investigations, government enforcement actions, white collar criminal investigations and litigation, trial and appellate litigation, and compliance counseling.

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  • Class Actions

    Clients regularly turn to Greene Espel when faced with high-stakes, class-action litigation. Greene Espel attorneys have defended dozens of putative class actions in federal and state courts all across the country.

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  • False Claims Act and Health Care Litigation

    We have the experience to help clients—particularly those in the healthcare industry—navigate the ever-expanding breadth of False Claims Act (“FCA”) and health care litigation.  We have achieved success for our clients at every phase—conducting thorough investigations, persuading government agencies not to intervene in whistleblower suits, obtaining dismissals through motion practice, negotiating favorable settlements with government agencies and relators, and taking cases through litigation and trial. 

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  • Products Liability

    Defending products liability claims has been a cornerstone of Greene Espel’s practice since our founding in 1993. Manufacturers and other businesses turn to us when they face product defect allegations brought by individuals, by large groups of plaintiffs, or as putative class actions.

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  • Internal Investigations

    We leverage our experience to conduct sensitive and high-profile internal investigations for our clients. We also help clients navigate investigations to mitigate reputational, regulatory, and litigation risks. 

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  • White Collar Criminal and Regulatory Defense

    We provide an insider’s perspective and the experience to vindicate your interests and defend your name in complex criminal and regulatory matters. 

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  • Constitutional Litigation

    Constitutional litigation is a cornerstone of Greene Espel’s practice. We represent individuals, private businesses, and government entities where their actions raise constitutional issues.

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  • Anti-corruption and FCPA

    Greene Espel rivals big firms with its experienced group of corruption and FCPA investigators and counselors. We help companies efficiently and effectively investigate allegations of corruption, assess their compliance programs, and present their best possible case to prosecutors and regulators. 

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Emily's Recognition & Awards

  • Recognized as Minnesota State Bar Association North Star Lawyer for pro bono service (2021)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Excellence in Employment Law Award, 2018

Emily's Community Involvement

  • Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter

    • Co-Vice President of Membership (2023 – present)

    • Law School Outreach Committee, Co-Chair (2021 - 2023)

  • Board of Directors, Carleton Ultimate Fund, 2016-2019

Emily enjoys maintaining an active pro bono practice. She has represented pro bono clients seeking asylum in the United States and post-conviction relief from criminal sentences as well.


December 6, 2022
City of Golden Valley Releases Findings of Greene Espel's Police Misconduct Investigation
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March 9, 2022
Greene Espel Welcomes Litigator Emily McAdam to the Firm
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