Emily graduated with a bachelor of laws with honours and a bachelor of psychology from Griffith University, completing elective study in criminal law and forensic mental health at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She later undertook a clerkship with Hopgood Ganim Lawyers in litigation and family law and was admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia in 2010.
Following her admission, Emily commenced work at Russo Lawyers and practiced in criminal defence. She was appointed to Senior Associate at Russo Lawyers in 2014 and then became a founding partner of Wallace O’Hagan Lawyers in 2015.
Emily appears in all criminal law jurisdictions. She has represented clients at every level of the criminal justice system, from pleas of guilty before the Magistrates Court to Supreme Court Appeals.
Her experience in the area of domestic violence extends to providing independent legal advice to victims of domestic violence and representing persons accused of domestic violence related offences. She also regularly represents parties applying for, or seeking to defend, an application for a protection order.