Emily M. Petroski is a Shareholder in the Detroit, Michigan office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She is the Litigation Manager for the firm's Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan offices.
Ms. Petroski’s practice focuses on employment litigation, as well as advice and counsel on all employment and labor issues. She has handled labor and employment cases throughout the Midwest, successfully defending some of the nation’s largest corporations.
Ms. Petroski has significant experience advising clients and handling multi-plaintiff claims under Title VII, the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Persons With Disabilities Civil Rights Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and Michigan’s Whistleblowers’ Protection Act. Her experience includes handling charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, and the National Labor Relations Board. She also has experience in alternative dispute resolution, including facilitation, mediation and arbitration.
In addition, Ms. Petroski specializes in counseling and advising clients on FMLA compliance, ADA compliance, disciplinary actions, employment policies, workplace privacy, and document retention and management. In addition, she has extensive appellate litigation experience, and has successfully brought and defended appeals before the Michigan Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court.
Born and raised in Michigan, Ms. Petroski returned to practice in Detroit after graduating from law school. During law school Ms. Petroski was employed by the National Employment Lawyers Association and served as a Judicial Extern for the Butte County Superior Court.
From 2004 - January 2010, Ms. Petroski was a board member of the Seedlings Braille Books for Children organization, a non-profit dedicated to increasing opportunities for literacy amongst the blind and visually impaired. Ms. Petroski is also currently a member of the Stanford in Oxford Advisory Council.
Ms. Petroski was named as a Rising Star by Michigan Super Lawyers for the years 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Ms. Petroski is a member of the American, and Michigan State Bar Associations, serving as a member on each association’s Labor and Employment Law Committees. She is admitted to practice in Michigan, as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Michigan and the Northern District of Indiana.
Ms. Petroski received her J.D., Order of the Coif, from the University of California, Davis. She earned her B.A, with Honors, in history from Stanford University. During her undergraduate study, she participated in the Stanford Program for Overseas Studies at Oxford University.
Employment Discrimination Law. ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, 2007. [Contributing Editor]
"Workplace Privacy: Balancing an Employee's Right to Privacy with an Employer's Legitimate Need to Know" (2007) [Co-Author]
"Protecting the Mentally Disabled in the Workforce" Employee Rights Quarterly 1.1 (2000) [Author]
Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
- Member of the Board of Directors (January 2004 - January 2010), Seedlings Braille Books for Children, a non-profit dedicated to increasing opportunities for literacy amongst the blind and visually impaired
- Stanford Club of Michigan, Member
- Stanford in Oxford Advisory Council, Member
- Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013