Emily Dillingham

Emily Newhouse Dillingham


Emily Newhouse Dillingham focuses on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on trade secret misappropriation, consumer fraud, and breach of contract matters. 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.

In addition to her litigation experience, Ms. Dillingham is experienced at resolving matters through settlement, including preparation of mediation statements, participation in settlement conferences, and negotiation and drafting of settlement agreements.

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.

Ms. Dillingham also maintains an active pro bono practice. 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.

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.


  • 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.
  • Secured dismissal with prejudice of state and federal consumer fraud claims for national physical therapy chain.
  • 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.


How to Protect Your Company's Customer Lists as Trade Secrets
The National Law Journal
Managing Cross-Border and Domestic Compliance Challenges
Lessons Counsel Should Learn from the GM Ignition Switch Failure


  • 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
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • 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
  • Chicago Office Representative, Committee of Associates, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

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