Emily Fenster

Associate, Seattle

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Phone: (206) 287-1775 Ext. 346
Fax: (206) 287-9113
Email: efenster AT pregodonnell.com
Vcard: vcard file

901 5th Ave., Suite 3400
Seattle, WA 98164

Areas of Practice

Professional Experience

Emily is an associate with the firm’s Seattle office and represents school districts and public entities, as well as individuals and businesses in various types of civil litigation.  Emily comes to Preg O’Donnell & Gillett from her position as a law fellow with the University of Oregon in-house legal department, where she practiced school law, with an emphasis on higher education, employment, Tile IX, public records, land use, real property, and contract law.  Emily has experience participating in all levels of civil defense litigation, as well as drafting and negotiating complex real estate, supplier, sponsorship, gift, and other contracts.

Emily is motivated by a desire to assist clients in a manner that goes beyond just providing legal advice, but also provides clients with the tools necessary to respond to the intricacies of each matter through informed business decision-making.


Emily graduated from the University of Oregon in 2018, where she graduated with dual degrees: a JD from the School of Law and a Master of Community and Regional Planning from the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management.  While in law school, Emily was a director of the Land Air Water environmental law student group, a director for the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, a coordinator for the Oregon Law Students Public Interest Fund’s annual auction, and, with the University’s Ecosystem Workforce Program, was the lead author of the published working paper number 73, Assessing Policy Impacts on Natural Resource Businesses: A Review of Research Methods.

Emily earned her B.A. in Communications from Washington State University in 2014, where she graduated magna cum laude and was an NCAA Division I swimmer.

Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon State Bar (OSB #185316)
  • Washington State Bar (WSBA #57486)

Professional & Community Activities

Emily is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the King County Bar Association, Washington Women Lawyers, and Oregon Women Lawyers, where she serves on the Community Service Committee.

Emily spends her time away from work enjoying the Pacific Northwest’s many hiking trails, water sports, mountaineering, and learning about photography.