Emily Dillingham

Emily Newhouse Dillingham

Senior Associate

Emily Newhouse Dillingham represents clients in complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on consumer fraud, false advertising, and trade secret misappropriation. She has experience with all phases of litigation, including successfully representing clients at trial, authoring and arguing dispositive motions, taking and defending depositions, and managing all stages of the discovery process.

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 Pritzer 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.

Ms. Dillingham maintains an active pro bono practice, with an emphasis on immigration policy litigation. She has co-authored numerous petitions for certiorari filed with the United States Supreme Court, and she has worked on many pro bono civil rights matters with counsel from the American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Muslim Advocates, and the Constitution Project. She is a frequent guest speaker on podcasts and radio programs, both in the US and abroad, regarding legal challenges to federal immigration policies.

Prior to law school, Ms. Dillingham 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.


  • Represent pharmaceutical manufacturer in ongoing multi-district and multi-state litigation involving alleged fraudulent marketing.
  • Represent national baked goods chain in putative class action alleging false advertising regarding product content.
  • Represent auto industry manufacturer in litigation involving trade secret misappropriation and state law claims.
  • Secured dismissal with prejudice of antitrust and patent fraud claims for pharmaceutical company.
  • Negotiated settlement of trade secret misappropriation claims for drug component manufacturer.
  • Achieved settlement for proprietary higher education institution in false advertising case brought by the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Negotiated 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.
  • Secured dismissal with prejudice of state and federal consumer fraud claims for national physical therapy chain.


How to Protect Your Company's Customer Lists as Trade Secrets
The National Law Journal


  • JD, Northwestern University School of Law, 2006, cum laude
  • BA, University of Virginia, 2001, with distinction
  • Illinois
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • US District Court, District of Columbia
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • US District Court, District of Colorado
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois, The Honorable Robert W. Gettleman
  • Member, Board of Directors, Friends of Prentice—an organization which funds cutting-edge health care research for women and infants in partnership with Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Prentice Women's Hospital
  • Member, Board of Directors, Make Believe Association—a production company that creates audio dramas showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s artistic community

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