Private Practice

Associate, Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP


Duke University School of Medicine (M.D.)           

Columbia University School of Law (J.D.)           

University of California at Berkeley (B.A., Political Science, summa cum laude)


Bar & Court Admissions

State of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Other Experience

Legal Intern, Center for Reproductive Rights

Resident Physician, Duke University Medical Center Department of Surgery

Postdoctoral Associate, Duke University Medical Center Department of Surgery

Investigator, UCSD Department of Physics: Investigated the behavior of molecules in non-Newtonian (polymer) solutions.

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Emma C. Ross

Associate / Chicago

Emma represents leading corporations in nationwide high-stakes litigation. With degrees in both law and medicine, Emma plays a key role in national science teams and trial teams. Emma was a key member of the team that secured landmark Daubert victories in two separate Mirena MDLs. She has extensive experience developing case-specific and litigation-wide scientific themes, preparing key company witnesses for deposition and trial, and all stages of affirmative expert development and expert discovery. Clients value her attention to detail, creativity, and ability to identify and communicate nuanced scientific and medical themes.

Of Note

Representative Litigation

Consumer Electronics Litigation

Represents a Fortune 10 consumer-electronics company in eight patent-infringement cases relating to telecommunications, user-interface, computer-security, and battery technologies.  Following the dismissal of several of these suits, the remaining actions are pending in the summary-judgment and discovery phases, with the first trial expected before the end of 2018.

In re Mirena IUD Products Liability Litigation

Member of the national science and expert team. Involved in fact and expert discovery, including the development of science themes, coordination with discovery teams, expert depositions and Daubert strategy, and defense of key company scientific witnesses.

In re Ethicon Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation

Represented Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon in federal MDL concerning prescription pelvic mesh products used for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and stress incontinence.

Spilker v. Medtronic, Inc.

Represented Medtronic in a product liability action concerning its cardiac cryoablation device. Coordinated defense expert development.


Emma Neff, From Equal Protection to the Right to Health: An Evolutionary View of Impact Litigation. 43 Columbia Journal of Law & Social Problems 151 (2010)

Anthony N. Galanos, Emma C. Neff, Roschelle A. Heuberger, and Connie W. Bales, What is “Optimal Nourishment” for Older Adults at the End of Life? A Conversation, 29(4) Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly 386 (2010)

Brian S. Coan, Emma Neff, Srinivasan Mukundan & Jeffrey Marcus, Validation of a Cadaveric Model for Comprehensive Physiologic and Anatomic Evaluation of Rhinoplastic Techniques, 124(6) Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 2107 (2009)

Selected Presentations:

Emma C. Neff, Gender and Access to Care in Northern Tanzania, Yale University Global Health & Innovation Conference, April 17, 2011 (Invited platform presentation)