Emily R. Garnett

Emily R. Garnett



Former SEC investigative attorney. Regulatory-focused litigator helping companies and individuals navigate regulations and defending them in 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. While at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Emily was a lead investigative attorney working on cases concerning potential violations of federal securities including accounting fraud, insider trading, registration requirements, cryptocurrencies and fraud.

Emily advises clients under threat of investigation from other agencies, including: the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and state attorneys general.

On behalf of clients, Emily has filed comment letters on proposed rules and regulations, including most recently, the SEC proposal on climate disclosures. Emily 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 secured positive outcomes for her clients before regulators and knows how to advocate for her clients’ best interests. 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.

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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


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