Emilee Boyle Gehling is a shareholder of the firm; she makes deals happen. When companies and professionals are ready to upgrade their legal counsel, they turn to Emilee. She anticipates and meets legal needs, clears roadblocks, and helps complete the transaction. She helps her clients buy or sell their business interests and manage employee issues. Emilee helps clients fuel and manage their growth by acquiring and divesting assets, capturing government incentives, and facilitating the financing of their growth.
Emilee was inspired to become an attorney reading legal novels in junior high. When a lawyer and mentor told her “Law school is your ticket to anywhere,” it solidified her plans to become a lawyer. She found the statement true, as it took her from Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. as counsel to the Judiciary Committee to a practicing Iowa attorney.
Emilee had a business mindset starting at an early age. Growing up discussing her family business around the dinner table instilled in her a broad understanding of the work that goes into running a successful business. She brings those skills and background to every client matter.
“Working in the family business from an early age, I appreciated what it takes to run a business, manage employees, and deal with government regulation in a heavily regulated industry. I love being a lawyer because I enjoy providing practical legal counseling and insight to businesses and professionals, guiding them through deals and navigating tricky situations,” says Emilee.
Since 2010, Emilee has worked with parents using assisted reproductive technology to create their families. Emilee enjoys applying cutting-edge legal analysis to play a role in helping families bring children into their lives. She represents intended parents, gestational surrogates, and donors in Iowa and South Dakota. Although this area of law is a departure from the high-stakes, high-dollar business deals she works on, Emilee applies the same focus and drive to accomplish her client’s goals, because creating families is just as significant and high-stakes to those involved.
Emilee is married and has three children. She spends her free time with her family skiing and boating. A fun fact about Emilee is that she enjoys making baby quilts for her kids, nieces, and nephews.
LICENSED IN: Iowa and South Dakota.
- Bar Admissions
- Professional Organizations
- Community Involvement
- Articles, Presentations, and Achievements
U.S. Senate International Narcotics Control Caucus: Washington, D.C.
Counsel, Jan. 2008-July 2009
- Directed policy, arranged hearings, acted as counsel to co-chairman on caucus to advise on drug policy, laws and legislation
Fitzgerald, Schorr, Barmettler & Brennan Law Firm: Omaha, NE
Clerk, June – July 2007
- Researched & analyzed legal issues for firm’s clients, wrote pleadings & client communications
Federal District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett: Sioux City, IA
Intern, May 2007
- Researched, drafted short opinions, recorded minutes
Meardon, Sueppel, & Downer Law Firm: Iowa City, IA
Clerk, May 2006-December 2007
- Researched and analyzed client matters
- State: Iowa and South Dakota.
American Bar Association, including the following sections:
- Business Law Section: Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions
- Young Lawyers Division Business Law Vice Chair, 2014-2015
- Labor and Employment Section: Employment Rights & Responsibilities
- Family Law Section, Assisted Reproductive Technologies Committee
Iowa State Bar Association, including the following sections:
- Business Law Section, Corporations (For Profit and Professional) Sub-Committee
- Labor and Employment Section, Co-Chair Spring Newsletter 2011
Articles & Presentations
- “Why Your Attorney’s Head is in The Cloud”, CIO Story, June 2015
- “Top 5 Mistakes When Using Social Media to Recruit”, ECI, May 2015
- “Top 5 Mistakes When Using Social Media to Recruit”, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conference, 2014
- ”Partners in Pumps: Women on the Partnership Track”, American Bar Association Publication 2013; Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys Fall 2013/Winter 2014 Newsletter
- My Space or Your Space: Employee Privacy in Social Media, Iowa State Bar Association Labor & Employment Newsletter 2011
- Hiring, Firing, & Issues in Between, South Sioux City Chamber Lunch & Learn, 2014
- Patent Protection and Affordable Care Act, Cain & Ellsworth Healthcare Reform Presentation, 2013
- Strategic Planning, Rotary District Conference, 2012
- Hiring & Firing in the Current Economy, Fundamentals of Employment Law, 2010
- Assisted Reproductive Law, Fundamentals of Gestational Surrogacy, 2016