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Emily E. Cunniff


Emily has practiced family law in D.C. and Maryland since 2016. Because of her advanced degree in social work and related professional experience prior to law school, she is able to provide much-needed counsel to clients while also being well versed in the issues that can arise in complex separation and divorce cases, such as mental health disorders (including substance use disorders) and domestic violence.  She has significant experience with all areas of family law, including custody, child support, alimony, property division, and domestic violence civil protection orders.

Emily works hard to settle cases for her clients, but she is also a skilled litigator who is comfortable in the courtroom. Prior to entering private practice, Emily served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Senior Judges at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and was appointed to the Criminal Justice Act appellate panel.

During law school, Emily was a Publications Editor for the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law.  She trained as a student attorney in the Criminal Justice Clinic where she worked specifically with adolescents.  Emily also taught students about their constitutional rights at three local Prince George’s County high schools through the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project.  Emily interned with a variety of public service organizations including Our Place DC, Prince George’s County Public Defender’s Office, and the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of Virginia. In addition, she served as a law clerk intern to the Honorable Reggie B. Walton in the District Court for the District of Columbia. Emily was recognized for “exceptional service hours” in her pro bono work during law school and was a recipient of the Mussey & Gillett Fellowship.


  • University of Central Florida B.S. 2009 & Master of Social Work 2012
  • American University Washington College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2015

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland