Emily Garrison is an experienced litigator who focuses her practice on insurance recovery and has significant experience handling complex coverage disputes through arbitration and litigation. She has also participated in numerous out-of-court negotiations, in mediation or otherwise, that have led to significant recoveries for corporate policyholders.

Emily represents clients across a broad range of industries, including major banking and financial institutions, heavy equipment manufacturers, oil and gas exploration, global hospitality services, commercial real estate, and shipping services.

She provides counsel to corporate policyholders in disputes concerning, among other things, commercial general liability, directors & officers liability, cyber liability, professional liability, employment practices liability, first party property damage and environmental liabilities. 

Additionally, Emily advises public and private companies on structuring, placing and renewing complex insurance coverage programs.



Representative Matters

  • Represented equipment manufacturer in multi-million dollar asbestos-related coverage dispute.
  • Represented Illinois hedge fund in case of first impression in Illinois regarding coverage for appeal bonds under directors and officers insurance policies.
  • Represented refinery owner and operator of against multiple national and international insurers in connection with insurance coverage and indemnity disputes arising from a severe burn case.
  • Represented manufacturer in coverage litigation concerning a significant property damage claim.
  • Counseled individual directors and officers on coverage for claims brought under California Insurance Frauds Prevention Act.
  • Advised multiple companies regarding terms and scope of cyber coverage.
  • Represented multiple policyholders in disputes regarding coverage for environmental clean-up liabilities.

Prior Experience

  • Reed Smith LLP, Partner (and previously Counsel and Associate)
  • Kahrl Wutscher LLP, Associate
  • McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Associate




Court Admissions



Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2022-2023

  • Recognized as an ‘Up and Coming’ attorney in Insurance: Dispute Resolution in Illinois; Chambers USA states: 
    • "Emily is always responsive and provides spot-on analysis."
    • "Emily Garrison is a coverage litigator with particular expertise representing manufacturing and industrial clients in matters concerning personal injury and property damage." One client adds, "Emily is outstanding.

Appointed to Law360 Insurance Authority General Liability Editorial Advisory Board 2022

The Best Lawyers in America, 2023-2024

  • Recognized in practice area of Insurance Law

Professional & Community Involvement

American Bar Association

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, Leader Council Member

American College of Coverage Counsel, Fellow

News & Insights


  • Publication | Cybersecurity Policy Report Strategic Perspectives |

From Chambers USA:

"Emily is always responsive and provides spot-on analysis."

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