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. Providing strategic legal advice, Emilee helps clients fuel and manage their growth by acquiring and divesting assets, capturing government incentives, and facilitating the financing of their growth.
Inspired to become an attorney at a young age, Emilee read 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, professionals and families guiding them through deals and navigating tricky situations,” says Emilee.
Emilee not only helps companies make deals happen, she also helps families get united with a child they’ve long desired through assisted reproductive technology, gestational surrogacy, and adoption. 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. Today’s technology has come a long way for expectant mothers, surrogates, donors and adoptive parents and Emilee knows the law behind it. She represents intended parents, gestational surrogates, adoptive parents 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. As a married mother of three, Emilee takes her work to heart understanding the meaning of family and the joy a child brings to a home.
Emilee loves spending her free time with her family skiing and boating at the lake. Emilee says being a mother of three young children has made her a better lawyer. Regularly told by pint-sized dictators about the only way to cut a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, Emilee knows that the details matter to her clients and takes great care in getting the details down, whether it’s a sandwich or a multi-million dollar deal.
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