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Emily A. Middlebrook

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Emily A. Middlebrook is an Associate in the Labor & Employment, Municipal & Public Entities, Education and Nonprofit practice areas.

Ms. Middlebrook represents both private and public employers in all aspects of labor and employment law.  She counsels clients on labor and employment issues, including Family and Medical Leave Act compliance, Fair Labor Standards Act compliance, addressing discrimination and harassment issues in the workplace and compliance with federal and New York State labor laws, including overtime laws.  Ms. Middlebrook also advises clients on issues concerning non-competition agreements and restrictive covenants and has litigated issues arising under restrictive covenants.

Ms. Middlebrook regularly assists employers in developing employment policies and handbooks and addressing issues concerning employee work performance.

Ms. Middlebrook has experience in the defense of labor and employment litigation claims before state and federal courts and state agencies including the defense of claims under the New York State Human Rights Law, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Public Employees’ Fair Employment Act (the Taylor Law) and other labor and employment laws. Ms. Middlebrook also defends clients in actions commenced by regulatory agencies, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Additionally, she counsels clients in matters arising under the Taylor Law and the National Labor Relations Act.

Ms. Middlebrook is a lecturer on issues including how to avoid discrimination and harassment related issues among the workforce, managing leave obligations and marijuana in the workplace and offers in-house training to clients on these, and other issues, as well.

Prior to the joining the Firm, Ms. Middlebrook interned with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York and an employment law firm in Washington, D.C.

  • Syracuse University, College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2017
    • Legal Communications and Research Assistant
    • Executive Board Member, Moot Court Honor Society
    • Member, Impunity Watch Law Journal
  • Wells College, B.A., magna cum laude, 2014
    • Phi Beta Kappa



  • Member, ALFA International, Labor & Employment Steering Committee
  • Member, On Point for College, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Member, National Public Employers Labor Relations Association
  • Member, New York State Public Employers Labor Relations Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Central New York Women’s Bar Association
  • Member, Onondaga County Bar Association

Honors & Recognitions:

  • Selected, Upstate New York Super Lawyers – Rising Star (2021, 2022)