Emily E. Cantwell

Emily Cantwell is a litigation attorney whose practice focuses on business litigation, specifically in the areas of commercial, banking and real estate litigation, loan enforcement, employment, title disputes, and mechanic's liens. Emily serves as the Partner in Charge of the firm's St. Louis office. 

Business Litigation. In her representation of businesses, Emily handles all aspects of civil, commercial and real estate litigation matters. This includes all aspects of the case, from inception, to fact gathering, to completion. Her representation of her clients is founded on the ideas of superior service and the best possible results.    

Financial Institutions. Emily represents financial institutions, protecting and enforcing their rights through litigation of breach of contract actions, asset protection and other matters involving real estate and loan collateral.

Receiverships. Emily has handled multiple receiverships for her clients, ranging from small commercial properties to expansive multi-unit buildings. Serving as counsel for both lending institutions and the receivers, Emily is well versed in the requirements and issues surrounding this unique remedy available to her clients. 

Labor & Employment Law. Through her practice, Emily assists entities in navigating the employment law process, from the administrative level up to and including litigation. She serves as counsel in the defense of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour and other employment lawsuits, mediations and arbitrations. Additionally, she advises employers on daily human resources matters, including labor relations, non-compete issues and helps to conduct investigations of employee complaints.

Prior to her joining the firm, Emily served as a congressional intern in the U.S. House of Representatives, as a communications intern for a non-profit organization, and as both a teaching assistant and faculty fellow at Saint Louis University and its School of Law, respectively.


  • Co-presenter, "Salary Disclosure, Remote Work and Lunch Breaks, Oh my! Updates in Employment Law 2023," Missouri Employment Conference, May 17, 2023
  • Panelist, "Second Quarter: Courts and Juries in 2023 and Beyond," Lathrop GPM 2023 State of Litigation: Draft Edition, April 12, 2023
  • Presenter, "Issues Involving Employee Restrictive Covenants and Confidentiality Agreements," Lathrop GPM 2022 Employment & Labor Law Seminar, April 12, 2022 (Kansas City)
  • Panelist, "A Path Forward," Most Influential Business Women Awards, August 13, 2021
  • Panelist, "Talk to the Experts," Clayton Chamber of Commerce, March 23, 2021

Professional Affiliations

  • Commercial Receivers Association, Board Member
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Illinois State Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Women's Foundation of Greater St. Louis, Board of Directors, 2020 - present; Women in the Workplace: Employment Scorecard Initiative Committee
  • Clayton Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors; President, 2018
  • Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge, 2015 Class, Board of Directors


  • Business Person of the Year, Clayton Chamber of Commerce, 2023
  • University of Florida, 40 Gators Under 40, 2021
  • St. Louis Small Business Monthly, Best Attorneys, 2020, 2021
  • St. Louis Business Journal, Most Influential Business Women, 2019
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly's 2017 Up & Coming class
  • Selected for Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers "Rising Stars," 2014-2017
  • Saint Louis University Law Journal
  • National Trial Advocacy Competition Team
  • Leadership Clayton, 2011-2012 Class
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  • St. Louis

    7701 Forsyth Boulevard
    Suite 500
    Clayton, MO 63105
  • Chicago

    155 North Wacker Drive
    Suite 3000
    Chicago, IL 60606-1787
F: 314.613.2801


Robin Bryan

Court Memberships

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois


Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 2010

University of Florida, B.A. magna cum laude, B.S. cum laude, 2007