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)


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.

Photo of Emma C. Neff

Emma C. Neff

Associate / Chicago

With degrees in both law and medicine, Emma brings a unique perspective and set of skills to her clients' problems.  She is able to understand complex medical and scientific principles and use them to develop winning scientific theories of the case in major products liability litigation.

Representative Litigation

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

Represent 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 matter 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)