Emily A. Ward

Emily litigates high-stakes cases for plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts across the country. She has the unique ability to master diverse subject matters, ranging from constitutional issues, multi-level marketing, landfill management, and commercial real estate. Emily’s success has earned her recognition as a SuperLawyers® Rising Star each year since 2016.   

Prior to joining us, Emily developed strong writing skills while clerking for Senior U.S. District Court Judge David A. Ezra in the Western District of Texas and for Arizona Supreme Court Justice Robert M. Brutinel.

Emily is actively involved with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, and enjoys taking on pro bono appeals. She also serves on the board for the Arizona Industries for the Blind, helping to create well-paying jobs for Arizona’s blind population. Emily serves on the State Bar of Arizona’s Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, and has presented multiple times on how to leverage the rules of civil procedure to her client’s advantage.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys hiking with her husband, Mike, her daughter, Violet, and her two dogs, Gus and Elliot.


  • J.D., summa cum laude, University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of Arizona

Areas of Practice

We offer a wide range of experience in all aspects of dispute resolution and prevention.


  • Appeals

Representative Cases

  • Successfully helped obtain multi-million dollar settlement for breach of contract against prominent multi-level marketing company
  • Argued before Arizona Court of Appeals on scope of notice required for premises liability action and obtained favorable ruling reversing trial court’s grant of summary judgment 
  • Helped clients recoup improperly assessed common area expenses against well-known Phoenix landlord during a six-day bench trial and appeal
  • Obtained favorable ruling that subcontractor had contractual duty to defend and required subcontractor to pay all of the client’s attorneys’ fees and costs 

Awards and Honors

  • Southwest Rising Stars®, Business Litigation, 2016-2019

Articles And Presentations

  • Speaker, "Not So Stranger Things: Becoming Acquainted with Arizona's New Civil Rules," State Bar of Arizona 2018 Annual Convention, June 27, 2018
  • Speaker, “Living Through Change: How the New Civil Practice Rules Are Working, And How They Will Affect You,” State Bar of Arizona 2019 Annual Convention, June 27, 2019
  • Co-author, Arizona Attorneys’ Fees Manual 6th ed., 2017
  • Co-author, "Risking the Palace: Arizona Law on Home Equity," AZ Lifestyle, February 2015
  • Law Review, Spring 2011, From Pen to Patrol: How Arizona Law Enforcement Applied Carrillo v. Houser, Case Note, 53 ARIZ. L. REV. 345 (2011), which was cited by Chief Justice Bales in his concurrence and dissent in State v. Valenzuela, 239 Ariz. 299 (2016).


  • Board Member, Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
  • Member, Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, State Bar of Arizona
  • Volunteer, Chrysalis Domestic Violence Shelter, 2014–present
  • Volunteer, Volunteer Lawyer's Program
  • Member, Board of Directors, Arizona Industries for the Blind


  • Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit