Emily Bodtke Zambrana defends food and agribusiness companies and medical device manufacturers in litigation. As a member of the firm’s nationally ranked product liability practice, Emily represents clients in a wide variety of litigation matters, including consumer fraud, toxic tort, personal injury, and contract disputes.

Food Company Litigation

Emily represents Fortune 500 food companies and retailers facing consumer fraud class actions. Her clients have won motions to dismiss and negotiated favorable individual and class settlements. Emily frequently writes and speaks on food litigation topics and is a member of the firm’s food law team.

Agribusiness Litigation

Emily also represents crop protection chemical and seed company clients in class action, mass tort, and individual disputes. The Michigan Court of Appeals recently upheld a major summary judgment victory for one of Emily’s clients. 

Product Liability Litigation

Emily also defends manufacturers of medical devices and construction products in class action, mass tort, and individual disputes. Her clients have won motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, and negotiated favorable settlements.

Previous Experience

Before joining the firm, Emily served as a law clerk on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Personal Interests

Emily grew up on a family blueberry farm in southwest Michigan. In her free time, she reads fiction and history, and runs.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Hon. Richard Suhrheinrich, 2015-2016


University of Minnesota Law School
J.D. summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, Minnesota Law Review (article submissions editor) (2015)

Hillsdale College
B.A. in English, summa cum laude, Valedictorian (2012)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • California Expands Slack Fill Safe Harbors
    The Recorder, co-author, November 2018
  • Class Action Updates: Bristol-Myers, Sandwich Size and Other Class Action Updates
    Minnesota CLE, March 2018 
  • Oral Argument: Striking a Balance Between Judicial Assistance and Appellate Advocacy
    ABA Mass Torts Newsletter, March 2017
  • When Volunteers Become Employees: Using a Threshold-Renumeration Test Informed by the Fair Labor Standards Act
    99 Minn. L. Rev. 1113, 2015

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Part of team that obtained asylum on behalf of immigration client after remand from Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).
  • Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Clinic
  • VLN Housing Court Project

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association


  • Minnesota Lawyer Up & Coming Attorneys, 2020
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2017-19
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