EMERY K. HARLAN

Partner – Milwaukee & Chicago

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BIOGRAPHY

Emery K. Harlan has more than 25 years’ experience as a trial lawyer representing clients from a broad array of industries in complex civil litigation matters. His practice includes an emphasis on defending companies and governmental entities in high profile, aggravated discrimination matters. Mr. Harlan’s successes include obtaining a complete defense verdict on behalf of a national auto parts retailer in a week long ADA jury trial – the first complete ADA defense verdict obtained against the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission in Wisconsin and affirmed on appeal. He has also represented numerous companies caught in the crosshairs of national civil rights groups and succeeded in achieving behind the scenes “win-win” resolutions.

Mr. Harlan has served as national employment law counsel to numerous companies, including a major airline. He currently serves as the Firm’s relationship partner to a host of major corporations, including one of world’s leading technology companies.

Throughout his career, Mr. Harlan has served as a leader in promoting greater diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Immediately prior to co-founding MWH Law Group, Mr. Harlan served as Chairman of one of the largest minority-owned law firms in the United States. He also co-founded the premier trade association focused on creating opportunities for women and minority-owned law firms – the National Association of Minority Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF). Additionally, since its formation, Mr. Harlan has served as an advisor to the Minority In-House Counsel Association (MIHCA) – an organization focused on developing and promoting minority in-house lawyers.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
  1. Blood Center of Wisconsin (Board Member)
  2. Chicago United Leaders Council
  3. Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment (2011)
  4. Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
  5. Milwaukee Health Services (Board Member)
  6. ProHealth Care (Finance and Investment Committee)
  7. Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts (Board Member)
  8. Sigma Pi Phi (Boule)

CONTACT

735 N. Water Street, Suite 610, Milwaukee, WI 53202
P: (414) 436-0353 / F: (414) 436-0354

150 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2800, Chicago, IL 60601
P: (312) 734-1457  /  F: (414) 436-0354

PRACTICE AREAS

  1. Litigation
  2. Labor & Employment

EDUCATION

  1. University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D.
  2. Siena Heights College, B.A., Business Administration

JUDICIAL CLERKSHIP

  1. Law Clerk to Honorable George C. Edwards, Jr. (dec.) U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1989-1990

ADMISSIONS

  1. Wisconsin
  2. Illinois
  3. U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  4. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  1. National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) (Board Member, Co-Founder, Past Board Chair)
  2. Minority In-House Counsel Association (Chairman Emeritus)(Steering Committee Member)

HONORS

  1. Savoy’s 2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers
  2. “2012 Outstanding Member of the Year” by Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers’
  3. Received the “2011 Community Service Award” by the Waukesha County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  4. AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell and selected as a “2013 Wisconsin Top Rated Lawyer”
  5. Leader in the Law, Wisconsin Law Journal (2011)
  6. Wisconsin Super Lawyers® (2006-2008)
  7. Legal Rebel, diversifying the legal profession, ABA Journal (2009)

LATEST POSTS

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BIOGRAPHY

Emery K. Harlan has more than 25 years’ experience as a trial lawyer representing clients from a broad array of industries in complex civil litigation matters. His practice includes an emphasis on defending companies and governmental entities in high profile, aggravated discrimination matters. Mr. Harlan’s successes include obtaining a complete defense verdict on behalf of a national auto parts retailer in a week long ADA jury trial – the first complete ADA defense verdict obtained against the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission in Wisconsin and affirmed on appeal. He has also represented numerous companies caught in the crosshairs of national civil rights groups and succeeded in achieving behind the scenes “win-win” resolutions.

Mr. Harlan has served as national employment law counsel to numerous companies, including a major airline. He currently serves as the Firm’s relationship partner to a host of major corporations, including one of world’s leading technology companies.

Throughout his career, Mr. Harlan has served as a leader in promoting greater diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Immediately prior to co-founding MWH Law Group, Mr. Harlan served as Chairman of one of the largest minority-owned law firms in the United States. He also co-founded the premier trade association focused on creating opportunities for women and minority-owned law firms – the National Association of Minority Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF). Additionally, since its formation, Mr. Harlan has served as an advisor to the Minority In-House Counsel Association (MIHCA) – an organization focused on developing and promoting minority in-house lawyers.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
  1. Blood Center of Wisconsin (Board Member)
  2. Chicago United Leaders Council
  3. Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment (2011)
  4. Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
  5. Milwaukee Health Services (Board Member)
  6. ProHealth Care (Finance and Investment Committee)
  7. Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts (Board Member)
  8. Sigma Pi Phi (Boule)

PRACTICE AREAS

  1. Litigation
  2. Labor & Employment

EDUCATION

  1. University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D.
  2. Siena Heights College, B.A., Business Administration

JUDICIAL CLERKSHIP

  1. Law Clerk to Honorable George C. Edwards, Jr. (dec.) U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1989-1990

ADMISSIONS

  1. Wisconsin
  2. Illinois
  3. U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  4. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  1. National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) (Board Member, Co-Founder, Past Board Chair)
  2. Minority In-House Counsel Association (Chairman Emeritus)(Steering Committee Member)

HONORS

  1. Savoy’s 2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers
  2. “2012 Outstanding Member of the Year” by Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers’
  3. Received the “2011 Community Service Award” by the Waukesha County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  4. AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell and selected as a “2013 Wisconsin Top Rated Lawyer”
  5. Leader in the Law, Wisconsin Law Journal (2011)
  6. Wisconsin Super Lawyers® (2006-2008)
  7. Legal Rebel, diversifying the legal profession, ABA Journal (2009)

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT

735 N. Water Street, Suite 610, Milwaukee, WI 53202
P: (414) 436-0353
F: (414) 436-0354

150 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2800, Chicago, IL 60601
P: (312) 734-1457
F: (414) 436-0354

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