Emily Sherlock Named Leader in the Law


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April 29, 2022

Robinson Bradshaw attorney Emily S. Sherlock was named one of North Carolina Lawyers Weekly’s Leaders in the Law for 2022. The awards honor the state’s legal professionals who have gone above and beyond in the legal industry and their communities.

Sherlock shared with NC Lawyers Weekly that she is a “self-proclaimed outdoor enthusiast, lover of nature and sportswoman,” which contributes to her interest in environmental law.

“Our firm allows first-year lawyers to try a little bit of everything and I did that,” Sherlock said. “During my first year, I sought out an environmental project and was staffed on a very complicated Resource Conservation and Recovery Act matter, helping the client navigate hazardous waste regulations. I loved it and continued to grow the environmental portion of my practice from there.”

Sherlock recently completed a term as chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section. She previously served in various leadership roles within the organization, including vice chair, secretary and treasurer. Sherlock is also an active member of the Gaston County Piedmont Area Wildlife Stewards, a chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. She assists with fundraising and community events to facilitate conservation and education.

At Robinson Bradshaw, Sherlock practices environmental law and is co-chair of the firm’s Environmental Practice Group. She advises clients on compliance with state and federal environmental regulations, including those governing hazardous wastes, underground storage tanks and emissions, and represents clients in negotiations with environmental agencies to resolve alleged violations and liabilities. Sherlock is a member of the firm’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and serves on the First-Year Associate Committee.

Sherlock received her law degree magna cum laude and her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from the University of Florida.

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