Emily A. Robey-Phillips is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Boston office and a member of the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice. Ms. Robey-Phillips focuses her practice in the areas of general civil litigation and white collar defense.

Ms. Robey-Phillips has experience representing individuals and organizations in high-stakes government and internal investigations, as well as criminal proceedings. She has worked on investigations and litigation matters for clients facing criminal, civil and regulatory compliance issues in the healthcare and higher education industries, among others.

In addition, Ms. Robey-Phillips has substantial litigation experience. Her litigation work has encompassed all phases of the litigation process, from trial to pre-trial resolution and alternative dispute resolution. She has substantial experience with remote and teleconference proceedings, including taking and defending remote depositions and participating in a remote trial. Ms. Robey-Phillips also has experience as counsel for higher education clients on matters including faculty employment issues and defense of a COVID-19 tuition-refund class action.

Ms. Robey-Phillips has an active pro bono practice, which includes representing individuals seeking asylum and other forms of status in the United States.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Robey-Phillips represented and advised clients on structured product litigation matters, including litigation surrounding residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) and preparation for potential COVID-19-related litigation. She also worked on investigations for clients facing a variety of compliance issues, including a Title IX and Clery Act investigation; served as lead counsel for multiple litigation matters related to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA); and represented asylum seekers in Immigration Court.

Ms. Robey-Phillips serves on the board of directors of the Women's Bar Association, where she is also a co-chair of the New Lawyers Committee. She also serves on the board of directors of the Young Lawyers Division of the Massachusetts Bar Association, where she is a co-chair of the Legislative Committee.

After law school, Ms. Robey-Phillips clerked for the Honorable Kimberly S. Budd of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.

During law school, Ms. Robey-Phillips served as co-editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender.


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., International Affairs, with highest honor
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Massachusetts
  • Harvard Law School American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Executive Board, 2016–2017
  • Harvard Women's Law Association (WLA), Board Member, 2016–2017