Emily J. Kirk
An associate at McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP, and Emily J. Kirk has over
15 years of experience leading complex litigation and class actions on
behalf of plaintiffs in product liability, personal injury, environmental,
and business fraud cases.
In one of Ms. Kirk’s most notable cases, she represented a small
publicly-traded company against its dominant competitor in a lawsuit involving
antitrust allegations. The matter resulted in a business deal and settlement
under which the client received tens of millions of dollars. She was also
an instrumental part of the team that worked to uncover the financial
fraud of Volkswagen, leading to a $40 million settlement on behalf of
the citizens of the State of Arizona in the emissions fraud scandal.
In 2009, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin appointed Ms. Kirk to a bipartisan screening
committee that selected Stephen Wigginton as the U.S. Attorney for the
Southern District of Illinois.
Ms. Kirk graduated from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.
In addition to her litigation practice, Emily is involved in the American
Bar Association Section of Litigation where she serves as a Co-Chair the
Solo and Small Firm Committee and as a Member of the Mental Health and
Wellness Task Force for Lawyers. She was also appointed as a 2018-2019
American Bar Association Membership Advocate, and regularly serves as
a speaker for ABA panels and events. She is also the former Chair of the
Board of Directors for the Illinois YMCA Youth and Government Program,
where she continues to volunteer on an annual basis.
Ms. Kirk previously served as counsel to the U.S. Senate’s Committee
on Governmental Affairs, Oversight of Government Management Subcommittee.
She advised the subcommittee on regulatory oversight issues and reform
in the areas of federal personnel, homeland security, and food safety.
She also helped the subcommittee negotiate and advocate for the passage
of key legislative provisions. After leaving the Senate, she returned
to her home in Southern Illinois, where she worked as an associate attorney
for one of the region’s largest plaintiff-focused firms. Ms. Kirk
also worked as an associate attorney in the business litigation department
at Thompson Coburn LLP in downtown St. Louis, Missouri.
Contact Emily Kirk today by calling (909) 345-8110.
- J.D., Washington University School of Law
B.S., Southeast Missouri State University,
summa cum laude
- American Bar Association, Section of Litigation – Solo and Small
Firm Co-Chair, Mental Health and Wellness Task Force Member
- American Bar Association – Member Advocate Program, 2018-2019
- U.S. District Court, N.D. Illinois
- U.S. District Court, S.D. Illinois
- U.S. District Court, E.D. Missouri
Illinois YMCA Youth and Government, Inc.
- Program Volunteer
- Former Program Chairperson