Emily Dillingham

Emily Newhouse Dillingham


Emily Dillingham focuses on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on breach of contract, consumer fraud, and trade secret matters. She has experience with all phases of litigation, including managing all stages of discovery, taking and defending depositions, authoring and arguing dispositive motions, and representing clients at trial and in settlement discussions. Ms. Dillingham has co-authored numerous petitions for certiorari filed with the United States Supreme Court, and she has negotiated numerous favorable settlements for clients with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Illinois Department of Human Rights.

Ms. Dillingham is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law. She graduated with a BA in English Literature, with distinction, from the University of Virginia in 2001 and received her JD, cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law in 2006, where she served as the Membership Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review. Ms. Dillingham clerked for the Honorable Robert W. Gettleman on the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois from 2006-2008.

Prior to law school, she spent two years working in the Federal Trade Commission's Office of General Counsel, where she focused on analysis of antitrust and consumer protection legislation.


  • Achieved settlement for proprietary higher education institution in false advertising case brought by the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Secured dismissal with prejudice of state and federal consumer fraud claims for national physical therapy chain.
  • Energy exploration company in negotiating aNegotiated successful settlement for energy exploration company in a breach -of -contract action regarding management of drilling operations.
  • Represented smartphone manufacturer in class actions alleging fraudulent marketing and advertising of smartphones.
  • Member of trial team in a court proceeding seeking rejection of the company's collective bargaining agreements.


  • JD, Northwestern University School of Law, 2006, cum laude
  • BA, University of Virginia, 2001, with distinction
  • Illinois
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

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