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, financial services and higher education industries, among others. These matters include investigations pertaining to COVID-19 governmental relief programs.

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 and executive board of the Women's Bar Association, where she is also a co-chair of the New Lawyers Committee. She also served on the board of directors of the Young Lawyers Division of the Massachusetts Bar Association for four years, including a term as 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.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully represented a syndicator in the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) industry in a virtual, expedited trial before the Delaware Chancery Court
  • Successfully defended an industry leader from whistleblower claims in arbitration
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a specialty pharmacy regarding alleged healthcare fraud and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violations
  • Defended a pharmacy benefit manager against claims of breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty
  • Successfully defended an entrepreneur against an attempt to compel arbitration in federal court
  • Assisted an institution of higher education to reach a settlement in a class action in federal court
  • Assisted an institution of higher education to reach a pre-litigation settlement in an employment dispute
  • Represented pro-democracy activists seeking asylum in the United States
  • Defended an industry leader from state and federal agency investigations and lawsuits alleging a variety of misconduct, including conducting a parallel internal investigation
  • Successfully defended an industry leader from property law claims that threatened its ability to comply with federal law, including arguing in federal trial court
  • Successfully argued before the Massachusetts Appeals Court to affirm a complete dismissal of a multicount lawsuit on statutes of limitations and corporate law issues


  • 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