Emily R. Garnett

Emily R. Garnett



Former SEC attorney, focused on navigating securities, white collar, and antitrust disputes and internal investigations.

Emily Garnett is a versatile securities and antitrust lawyer, who uses her government experience, public policy background and litigation skills to advise clients on high-stakes regulatory enforcement and litigation matters. Emily has successfully resolved high-risk, multimillion-dollar antitrust and securities cases for her clients and regularly advises on compliance in these areas to avoid litigation risk.

While at the SEC, Emily was a lead investigative attorney working on cases concerning potential violations of federal securities including insider trading, registration requirements, cryptocurrencies and fraud. She also advises clients under threat of investigation from the CFPB, FTC, Department of Justice and state attorneys general, among others.

On behalf of clients, Emily has filed comment letters on proposed rules and regulations, including most recently the SEC proposal on climate disclosures. She has also worked with public companies to perform mock audits and internal investigations, conduct company trainings, design compliance protocols and consult on procedures for public and private companies. 

Emily has been recognized by numerous legal-ranking guides including Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America and is frequently quoted on white collar, securities and antitrust matters in publications such as Law360 and Bloomberg Law. She is also a thought leader and regularly publishes on securities and antitrust topics.

Emily started her career at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington D.C. and maintains an active role in state and local politics.

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J.D., 2012, University of Colorado Law School

M.A., 2007, University of Illinois

B.A., 2005, University of Illinois, magna cum laude

Previous Experience

Counsel, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Denver

Assistant City Attorney, Boulder

Law Clerk, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Denver

Policy Director, Finance Committee, Colorado State Senator Mike Johnston



District of Columbia



Colorado Bar Association

Colorado Women's Bar Association

Colorado Lawyers for Colorado Veterans, Colorado Bar Association

ABA Securities Litigation Subcommittee for Young Lawyers

Community Involvement


Chair, Governance Committee, Colorado Ballet 

Trustee, Metro State University

Habitat for Humanity, Denver

Women's Empowerment Council, Women's Foundation of Colorado



Best Lawyers in America, 2023-2024

Chambers USA, Associate to Watch, 2014, 2015

Associate Editor, Colorado Law Review