Emily Linehan

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Emily Linehan

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Prior to law school, Ms. Linehan worked in international development on legal reform.

“I chose to work for Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP because I am committed to pursuing social justice, and I wanted to be part of a team that is both rich in talent and deep in principle.”

Our commitment to securing justice and providing the best representation possible is reflected in a commitment to diversity within our own firm. At Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, we know better than to think the best attorneys look alike, sound alike, think alike, or live alike. What matters is talent, and we hire the best talent available.

As a result, our team more accurately mirrors America. Women, minority, and/or openly gay lawyers make up the majority of our staff. A passion for social justice unites our team - we all work to use the power of law to help create and enforce a more just society.

Emily Linehan is an Associate in the Nashville office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in Washington, DC, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland. She received a bachelor’s degree in Slavic Studies from Brown University, dual master’s degrees in Public Affairs and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Prior to joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Ms. Linehan clerked for the Honorable Bernice Bouie Donald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Ms. Linehan was an Honors Scholar at Chicago-Kent College of Law.  While in law school, she served as executive editor of the Seventh Circuit Review journal and as a member of the Moot Court Honor Society.

During law school, Ms. Linehan interned for the Honorable Timothy A. Barnes of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.  Prior to law school, Ms. Linehan worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce, assisting with commercial legal development in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.


  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2017 cum laude
  • Executive Editor, Seventh Circuit Review
  • M.P.Aff., University of Texas at Austin, 2010
  • M.A., University of Texas at Austin, 2010
  • B.A., Brown University, 2007


  • Honorable Bernice Bouie Donald, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2019
  • Illinois, 2017

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

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