Emily McCarty

Phone: (515) 254-1999
Fax: (515) 254-9923
E-mail: emily@employmentlawiowa.com

Emily McCarty grew up in Madrid, Iowa. She graduated cum laude from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa in 2006. Her Bachelor of Arts degree is in English and history. Emily has also studied in England, Thailand, and Vietnam. Emily attended Drake University Law School, where she was a staff member of the Drake Law Review. Emily also served as a student attorney with the Drake Legal Clinic in both the Criminal Defense Clinic and Advanced Criminal Trial Clinic. In May 2009, Emily was awarded her J.D. with High Honors. She was admitted to practice law in the State of Iowa in September 2009.

Emily is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Iowa Employment Lawyers Association, Iowa Association for Justice, Iowa Bar Association, Polk County Bar Association, and Polk County Women Attorneys. Emily has served as both a Co-Chair and committee member for the Polk County Women Attorneys Basket Auction Committee and also serves on the Iowa Association for Justice’s Amicus Brief Committee.

Emily lives in Madrid with her husband Aaron and their two children. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and exploring local bike trails.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Discrimination
  • Civil Rights

Bar Admissions

  • State of Iowa (2009)
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa (2010)
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa (2010)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit (2010)


  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, J.D. with High Honors (2009)
  • Staff Member, Drake Law Review (2007 – 2008)
  • Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa, B.A. cum laude in English and history (2006)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Iowa Employment Lawyers Association
  • Iowa Association for Justice
    • Amicus Brief Committee (2010 – present)
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Polk County Women Attorneys
    • Basket Auction Committee Co-Chair (2011)

Reported Cases

  • Ames v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co., 2014 WL 1356814 (8th Cir.)
  • Whitney v. Franklin General Hosp., 2014 WL 360106 (N.D. Iowa)
  • Nelson v. James H. Knight, D.D.S., P.C., 834 N.W.2d 64 (Iowa 2013)
  • Ackelson v. Manley Toy Direct, L.L.C., 832 N.W.2d 678 (Iowa 2013) (amicus)
  • Pulczinski v. Trinity Structural Towers, Inc., 2012 WL 3763625 (8th Cir.)