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Emi M. Passini



Emi represents management in a wide variety of employment litigation matters and assists management in a number employment law compliance matters. Emi frequently represents employers in administrative proceedings and state and federal courts, defending claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wage and hour violations, and other alleged workplace violations. She also regularly assists employers develop and maintain compliant employment policies, including conducting employee handbook reviews for multi-state employers.  Additional advising experience includes ADA accommodations, severance agreements, and WARN Act compliance and other reduction in force guidance.

Emi is active in Michael Best’s Higher Education Industry group, assisting higher education institutions in a variety of aspects, from complying with FERPA to guiding institutions through difficult circumstances caused by financial exigencies. Emi also has experience counseling institutions on Title IX issues, conducting internal Title IX investigations, and defending institutions in federal court for alleged Title IX violations. 

Emi started her career as a summer associate at Michael Best. Prior to her joining the firm, she was a Clinical Student for Legal Assistance to Institutionalized Persons (LAIP) and was an intern for the University of Wisconsin NCAA Compliance Office.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Dean’s Academic Achievement Award, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Gwynette Smalley Law Review Award

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association





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