Emily A. Brandenburg


Emily A. Brandenburg is a trial attorney at the firm’s South Pasadena office. Ms. Brandenburg’s litigation practice focuses on professional liability, public entity liability, business litigation, and general liability. Her litigation practice in professional liability includes extensive experience in representing attorneys, engineers, and design professionals in professional liability matters. She has also represented hospitals, construction companies, and a celebrity and corresponding organization against claims of severe bodily injury and harm. Her litigation practice in the construction industry includes consolidated, multi-party, complex litigation in matters involving defects, delay, as well as land title issues. She has also defended public entities against allegations of gross negligence involving police officers and other public employees.

In addition to her litigation experience, Ms. Brandenburg was previously in-house counsel at a national title insurance company for several years, where she reviewed and negotiated contracts with major financial institutions, oversaw compliance with federal and state real estate, finance, and consumer protection laws, and managed the implementation of those laws into each operational component of the company’s national mortgage solutions group.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Brandenburg clerked for the Honorable Justice Richard D. Fybel of the Fourth District, Third Division of the California Court of Appeal, where she researched and analyzed an issue for Justice Fybel’s work as Chair of the California Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Code of Judicial Ethics.

Ms. Brandenburg received her Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2012, where she competed on the Moot Court and Trial Team and won awards for her written and oral advocacy skills at several competitions, including the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Hong Kong. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration, with an emphasis in Economics, summa sum laude from Chapman University. A classically trained violinist and pianist, Ms. Brandenburg spends some of her free time performing music, including performances for charities and non-profits.


Obtained Dismissal in Dog Bite Case Brought Against Celebrity: Woman alleged she was severely injured by a dog bite as the result of a celebrity who was grossly negligent in handling a dog. A demurrer was sustained, a motion to strike granted, and the case against celebrity was dismissed in its entirety.

Case Dismissed in Worker’s Comp Legal Malpractice Action: Former worker’s compensation claimant sued opposing counsel for legal malpractice. An Anti-SLAPP motion was granted and case was dismissed in its entirety.

Anti-SLAPP Motion Granted in Malicious Prosecution Case: Former defendants sued plaintiff’s attorney for malicious prosecution in a complex business litigation lawsuit. Anti-SLAPP granted with one minor issue remaining for mediation

Favorable Settlement Obtained For Hospital and Construction Contractor: Hospital visitor claimed gross negligence after alleged slip and fall during ongoing construction at a hospital. Entered into early mediation well before trial, and obtained settlement for a fraction of the plaintiff’s initial demand.

Obtained Settlement in Legal Malpractice Case For Fraction of Demand: Former client sued her former attorney for legal malpractice alleging she did not receive the appropriate share of her community property after her divorce. Entered mediation well before trial, and obtained settlement for a fraction of the plaintiff’s initial demand.

Favorable Settlement Reached in Construction Defect Lawsuit: Former client alleged construction management company caused significant delays and hired subcontractor who caused construction defects. Resolved the matter in pre-claim stage, with no lawsuit brought, settling for a fraction of plaintiff’s initial demand.

Obtained Settlement for Fraction of Demand on Behalf of Civil Engineer: Former client claimed civil engineer was negligent when inspecting job site and threatened a lawsuit. Resolved the matter in the pre-claim stage, with no lawsuit brought, settling for a fraction of plaintiff’s initial demand.

  • State Bar of California
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association