Emily K. Ellingson

Contact Information

Emily K. Ellingson
526 Second Avenue SE Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
319-365-9101 extension 113
Email: eellingson@lynchdallas.com
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Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • School Law
  • Workers Compensation

Ms. Ellingson regularly practices in the area of public sector law, advising school districts, cities and counties on various issues, including employee discipline, student rights and discipline, open meetings and public records, employee benefits compliance, ADA accommodations/interactive processes, FMLA matters and wage and hour issues.  She also works with school districts in collective bargaining, handling grievances, employee terminations and general civil litigation.  


  • The University of Iowa (J.D., 2009)
  • The University of Iowa (B.S., 2006) with highest distinction

Professional Affiliation

Active or formerly active in the following organizations:

  • Iowa Association of School Boards
  • Iowa Council of School Board Attorneys
  • Iowa Legal Aid, Volunteer Lawyer
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Linn County Bar Association
  • National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys

Additional Biographical Information

  • Appointed to the Downtown Cedar Rapids Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District Commission (June 2018 - June 2020)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters, Board of Directors
  • Taft Middle School Mock Trial, Attorney Coach
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

Presentations and Publications

  • Contributor, 2016 Iowa Municipal Policy Leaders' Handbook (A guide for Iowa Mayors and Council Members), The University of Iowa Institute of Public Affairs
  • FMLA and ADA Interplay, Iowa SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) State Conference, 2014
  • PPACA/Obamacare: What Employers Need to Know, Sterling Education Services, 2014
  • FLSA/Wage & Hour Crackdown, Sterling Education Services, 2014
  • FERPA Considerations, School Administrators of Iowa, 2014
  • Legal Considerations Relating to Hiring, School Administrators of Iowa, 2014
  • FLSA/Wage and Hour Critical Issues, Sterling Education Services, 2013
  • Board Policies, Competitive Quotes/Bids and Transparency: Best Practices in the Fish Bowl, Iowa School Finance Information Services, 2013
  • Affordable Care Act Considerations for School Districts, Great Prairie AEA, 2013
  • Technology Issues Related to Students and Staff, School Administrators of Iowa, 2013
  • FLSA/Wage and Hour Compliance Summary, Sterling Education Services, 2012
  • Compelling School Law Issues, Iowa School Finance Information Services, 2012
  • Legal and Policy Issues of Appropriate Uses of Technology Through Social Networking Sites, Email, and Other Electronic Resources, Iowa School Finance Information Services, 2011
  • Access to Students at School, School Administrators of Iowa, 2011