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Emily E. Penkowski

Associate*

I graduated cum laude with a degree in International Studies, specializing in Security and Intelligence, from The Ohio State University and received my J.D. cum laude from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. At Ohio State, I received minors in Computer Science and Mandarin Chinese. Before law school, I worked as a cyber-counterintelligence analyst for the National Security Agency. I focus on privacy- and tech-related class actions.

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Curriculum Vitae

EMILY PENKOWSKI is an incoming Associate* at Edelson PC where her practice focuses on privacy- and tech-related class actions.

 

During law school, Emily served as an Associate Editor of Northwestern University Law Review and a Problem Writer for the 2020 Julius Miner Moot Court Board. Emily participated in the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Supreme Court Clinic, where she worked on cases before the Supreme Court including Ritzen Grp., Inc. v. Jackson Masonry, LLC, 140 S. Ct. 582, 584 (2020). She placed on the Dean’s List every semester and served on the student executive boards for the Moot Court Society and the Collaboration for Justice, a justice system reform-oriented student group.

 

She spent her law school summers at the Maryland Office of the Attorney General and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington. In the Western District of Washington, Emily assisted in prosecuting cryptocurrency money laundering, cybercrime, and complex frauds. In Maryland, she wrote criminal appeals briefs for the State in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals

 

Before entering law school, Emily worked as an intelligence analyst for the National Security Agency, in the Office of Counterintelligence & Cyber (previously the NSA/CSS Threat Operations Center) and the Office of Counterterrorism. She analyzed significant, technical, complex, and short-suspense intelligence in support of law enforcement, military, computer network defense, diplomatic, and other intelligence efforts, while serving as a “reporting expert” for over three hundred analysts on an agency-wide project. She also briefed NSA and military leadership on cyber and counterintelligence threats to U.S. government and military.

 

As a digital network analyst, Emily increased intelligence coverage on a counterterrorism target through social network analysis, including eigenvector and cluster analysis, used metric databases to manage and prioritize intelligence collection, and worked with collectors to streamline data flows and eliminate duplicative sources of information.

 

Emily received her Bachelor of Science in International Studies, specializing in Security and Intelligence, at Ohio State. She also received minors in Computer and Information Science and Mandarin Chinese. She began learning Mandarin in high school. During college, Emily interned at the National Security Agency, in the Office of Counterproliferation, and at Huntington National Bank, on its Anti-Money Laundering and Bank Secrecy Act team.

 

Miscellaneous:

During law school, Emily served as an Associate Editor of Northwestern University Law Review and a Problem Writer for the 2020 Julius Miner Moot Court Board. Emily participated in the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Supreme Court Clinic, where she worked on cases before the Supreme Court including Ritzen Grp., Inc. v. Jackson Masonry, LLC, 140 S. Ct. 582, 584 (2020).

 

Awards and Honors:

In 2016, Emily received national-level Meritorious Unit award from Office of the Director of National Intelligence as member of team producing high amounts of significant intelligence. She also received several individual awards for her work.

*Emily will sit for the Illinois Bar in October 2020.

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