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Emily A. Sickelka concentrates her practice on complex commercial litigation and arbitration, including class action litigation, antitrust defense and counseling, and contract disputes. She represents clients in a broad range of industries, including banking, distribution, hospitality, pharmaceutical sciences, telecommunications and tobacco, and is experienced in all phases of litigation and arbitration.


  • Complex civil litigation
  • Commercial litigation
  • Class actions
  • Antitrust



  • Represented major tobacco companies in seeking to recover billions of dollars in a series of complex arbitrations arising from disputes over payments related to the landmark 1998 Master Settlement Agreement.
  • Represented Fortune 20 telecommunications company in defending against a multimillion-dollar class action alleging disability discrimination.
  • Represented shipping company in defending against a federal class action alleging conspiracy, monopolization and restraint of trade.
  • Represented multimedia company in defending against claim of boycott in film distribution market.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Emerging Lawyer, Leading Lawyers , 2019-2024
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, New York Metro Super Lawyers, "Rising Stars," 2016-2020


  • J.D., with distinction, University of Iowa College of Law, 2009
    • Articles Editor, Iowa Law Review
  • B.A., Journalism, Political Science, with honors and distinction, Iowa State University, 2004
  • Illinois
  • New York