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 counseling clients in an effort to provide effective and creative solutions to the complex array of workplace disability, leave, and health management and other issues faced by employers. As a member of Jackson Lewis’ Disability, Leave and Health Management Practice Group, which assists employers in meeting the legal and practical challenges posed by federal and state laws protecting injured, ill, and disabled employees, Ms. Petroski counsels clients with the goal of either avoiding litigation entirely, or otherwise improving outcomes before administrative agencies, courts and juries. Ms. Petroski also has extensive experience advising clients and handling 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, as well as successfully litigating and defending lawsuits. She also has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution, including facilitation, mediation and arbitration. In addition, Ms. Petroski has significant appellate litigation experience, and has successfully brought and defended appeals before the Michigan Court of Appeals, Michigan Supreme Court and Sixth Circuit.
Ms. Petroski was named as a Rising Star by Michigan Super Lawyers for the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2014, she was also named to the list of Top Women Attorneys in Michigan by Hour Detroit magazine.
From 2004-January 2010, Ms. Petroski was a member of the board of Seedlings Braille Books for Children, a non-profit dedicated to increasing opportunities for literacy amongst the blind and visually impaired. Since 2010 Ms. Petroski has served on the Stanford-In-Oxford Alumni Council, which nurtures and strengthens the links between Stanford and Oxford, and helps to develop and create opportunities for students who have studied at Oxford to use their experience to further their careers or academic pursuits.
Ms. Petroski is a member of the Michigan Star Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section. She is admitted to practice in Michigan, as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, as well as 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 from Stanford University. During her undergraduate study, she participated in the Stanford Program for Overseas Studies at Oxford University and was a Chappell Lougee Scholar.
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, 2013 and 2014