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Emily McDonough Souza Murtha Cullina LLP Associate

Associate

New Haven
Email: esouza@murthalaw.com
Phone: 203-772-7711
Fax: 860-240-5811

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut

Education

  • Quinnipiac University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2014)
  • University of Connecticut (B.S., magna cum laude, 2010)

Emily McDonough Souza


Emily McDonough Souza is an associate in the Labor and Employment Practice Group and Litigation Practice Group.

Her experience includes investigating, evaluating and litigating employment-related disputes in state and federal courts, as well as appearing before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Connecticut Department of Labor. Emily represents clients across a broad spectrum of industries including health care, education, technology, retail, financial services, transportation services and manufacturing. 

Her practice involves defending employers in claims concerning discrimination and retaliation, contractual disputes and wage and hour violations. She also regularly counsels clients on matters that include discrimination avoidance, disability and pregnancy accommodation, FMLA and restrictive covenants, and presents and provides training to managers and human resources professionals on issues such as sexual harassment prevention. 

Emily has been recognized by the Connecticut Law Tribune as a “New Leader in the Law” and by Best Lawyers as “One to Watch.” She volunteers as a pro bono attorney for the organization Lawyers for Children America, representing children who are the subject of abuse and neglect petitions. Emily is also very active in her community, serving on the Milford Board of Education as well as the Board of Directors for the Beth-El Center, Inc.

Prior to joining Murtha Cullina, Emily clerked for the Honorable Eliot D. Prescott of the Connecticut Appellate Court. She received her J.D. magna cum laude from Quinnipiac University School of Law, where she served as the Executive Managing Editor of the Quinnipiac Law Review. Emily earned her B.S. magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut, where she was a member of the Honors Program.

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Executive Committee, Insurance Law Co-Chair
  • New Haven County Bar Association
  • New Haven Inn of Court 
  • Law Clerk, Honorable Eliot D. Prescott at the Connecticut Appellate Court, 2016-2017
  • Law Clerk, Connecticut Judicial Branch, Legal Research Office, 2014-2016
  • Legal Intern, United States Attorney's Office, 2013
  • Legal Intern, Office of the Corporation Counsel, City of New Haven, 2013
  • Legal Intern, State’s Attorney’s Office, Milford-Ansonia Judicial District, 2012
  • City of Milford, Board of Education
  • Beth-El Center, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Lawyers for Children America, Volunteer Attorney
  • Free Speech in the Workplace: Connecticut’s “Captive Audience” Law, Murtha Cullina Annual Labor and Employment Update, December 2022
  • HR Do’s & Don’ts, Connecticut Medical Group Management Association’s Best Practices Symposium, December 2022
  • Recreational Marijuana, Murtha Cullina Annual Labor and Employment Update, September 2021
  • Construction Coverage for Owners and Contractors, Connecticut Bar Association CLE, February 2021
  • Return to Work Challenges and Covid-Related Accommodations, Murtha Cullina Annual Labor and Employment Update, December 2020
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention Training, November 2020
Overview

Emily McDonough Souza is an associate in the Labor and Employment Practice Group and Litigation Practice Group.

Her experience includes investigating, evaluating and litigating employment-related disputes in state and federal courts, as well as appearing before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Connecticut Department of Labor. Emily represents clients across a broad spectrum of industries including health care, education, technology, retail, financial services, transportation services and manufacturing. 

Her practice involves defending employers in claims concerning discrimination and retaliation, contractual disputes and wage and hour violations. She also regularly counsels clients on matters that include discrimination avoidance, disability and pregnancy accommodation, FMLA and restrictive covenants, and presents and provides training to managers and human resources professionals on issues such as sexual harassment prevention. 

Emily has been recognized by the Connecticut Law Tribune as a “New Leader in the Law” and by Best Lawyers as “One to Watch.” She volunteers as a pro bono attorney for the organization Lawyers for Children America, representing children who are the subject of abuse and neglect petitions. Emily is also very active in her community, serving on the Milford Board of Education as well as the Board of Directors for the Beth-El Center, Inc.

Prior to joining Murtha Cullina, Emily clerked for the Honorable Eliot D. Prescott of the Connecticut Appellate Court. She received her J.D. magna cum laude from Quinnipiac University School of Law, where she served as the Executive Managing Editor of the Quinnipiac Law Review. Emily earned her B.S. magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut, where she was a member of the Honors Program.

Memberships
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Executive Committee, Insurance Law Co-Chair
  • New Haven County Bar Association
  • New Haven Inn of Court 
Recognition
Prior Experience
  • Law Clerk, Honorable Eliot D. Prescott at the Connecticut Appellate Court, 2016-2017
  • Law Clerk, Connecticut Judicial Branch, Legal Research Office, 2014-2016
  • Legal Intern, United States Attorney's Office, 2013
  • Legal Intern, Office of the Corporation Counsel, City of New Haven, 2013
  • Legal Intern, State’s Attorney’s Office, Milford-Ansonia Judicial District, 2012
Community Activities
  • City of Milford, Board of Education
  • Beth-El Center, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Lawyers for Children America, Volunteer Attorney
Speaking Engagements
  • Free Speech in the Workplace: Connecticut’s “Captive Audience” Law, Murtha Cullina Annual Labor and Employment Update, December 2022
  • HR Do’s & Don’ts, Connecticut Medical Group Management Association’s Best Practices Symposium, December 2022
  • Recreational Marijuana, Murtha Cullina Annual Labor and Employment Update, September 2021
  • Construction Coverage for Owners and Contractors, Connecticut Bar Association CLE, February 2021
  • Return to Work Challenges and Covid-Related Accommodations, Murtha Cullina Annual Labor and Employment Update, December 2020
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention Training, November 2020
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
Education
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2014)
  • University of Connecticut (B.S., magna cum laude, 2010)
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