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Emily I. Bridges

Emily I. Bridges


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Emily Bridges is an associate at Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP in Greenville South Carolina where she focuses on business litigation, antitrust and franchise litigation as well as labor and employment issues. She has represented both franchisors and franchisees in litigation and transactional contexts. Emily has assisted clients in a wide-range of labor and employment issues, including non-compete/non-disclosure agreements, discrimination claims, and claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act. She also has experience regarding insurance coverage issues, including property damage related to hurricane and arson losses.

Prior to joining Smith Moore Leatherwood, Emily received a B.A. from Furman University, where she graduated summa cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Emily earned her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law, magna cum laude. While at USC Law, she served as Editor in Chief of the South Carolina Law Review, was a member of the Moot Court Bar, Order of the Coif, and received the Bronze Compleat Lawyer Award.

  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition, Listed Antitrust Litigation (2018)
  • Edward (Jack) Wood Dunham Rising Scholars Award, American Bar Association Forum on Franchising (2016)
  • Star of the Quarter Award, South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division (2017)
Thought Leadership


October 2017
ERISA and Life Insurance News, ERISA and Life Insurance News
November 21, 2016
October 27, 2016
September 27, 2016

Published Works

  • Co-author, “I’ve Got a Secret . . . and I’m Willing to Use It! Franchisors, Franchisees and Trade Secrets,” 37 The Licensing Journal 1 (September 2017)
  • United Way Young Philanthropists
  • Greenville Chamber of Commerce PULSE Young Professionals
    • Pacesetters (class of 2017)
  • Christ Church Episcopal School
    • Alumni Board (2016- present)
    • Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee (2016-present)
  • Community Foundation of Greenville
    • Margaret Linder Southern Endowment Fund Committee (2016-present)
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 2015
  • Furman University, B.A., History, Summa Cum Laude, 2012
  • South Carolina
  • United States District Court, District of South Carolina
  • American Bar Association
    • Forum on Franchising
    • Intellectual Property Section
    • Topic and Article Editor of Franchise Law Journal
  • South Carolina Bar
    • Young Lawyers Division, Co-Chair Bar Convention Committee
    • Color of Justice Program Moderator
Academic Honors
  • Editor-in-Chief, South Carolina Law Review
  • Compleat Lawyer Award – Bronze (2015)
  • Order of the Coif (2015)
  • Order of the Wig and Robe (2014)
  • Richard J. Foster Award (2013)
  • J. Waties Waring Scholarship (2012-15)
  • CALI Award
    • Civil Procedure (2013)
    • Evidence (2014)
    • Appellate Advocacy (2014)
    • Civil Litigation Capstone (2015)
  • John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court (2014-15)

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