Emily T. Acosta has spent her entire career handling serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. Emily has recovered tens of millions of dollars for clients that have been hurt by dangerous drugs, medical devices, and consumer products. Currently, she is representing individuals hurt by defective medical devices, like Exactech knee, hip, and ankle replacements, CPAP machines, and IVC filters, as well as dangerous drugs, like Elmiron, and consumer products, like baby formula.
On January 22, 2021, Emily was one of only 25 attorneys nationwide appointed by a federal judge to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) in the Elmiron litigation. This group of court-appointed lawyers is tasked with effectively and efficiently representing the common interests of all Elmiron multidistrict litigation (MDL) plaintiffs.
In addition to her work on behalf of individuals hurt by dangerous drugs and medical devices, Emily also represents clients hurt by consumer products, like Roundup and Paraquat. At MB, she fights to vindicate these victims and their loved ones, to tell their stories, and to end corporate cultures that place profits over consumer safety.
As a law student, Emily assisted in the representation of injured union workers and tradespeople, and as an extern at a legal non-profit, advocated on behalf of special needs children. She also clerked for the Honorable Drella Savage (Ret.) in the Law Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County in Chicago, giving her important behind-the-scenes insight into the judicial process.
Following graduation, she immediately began conducting depositions, authoring critical briefs, and helping to prepare cases for trial. Throughout her career, Emily has handled hundreds of catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases and taken depositions in nearly every state in the United States.
Emily is a tireless and creative advocate, who has been recognized by her peers on numerous occasions for her leadership, commitment to professional excellence, and dedication to clients.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2013
Texas Christian University, M.J. Neeley School of Business, Bachelor of Business Administration, 2010
John V. Roach Honors College, Honors Laureate, 2010
Bar and Court Admissions
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
Awards and Honors
Georgia Super Lawyer, Rising Star, 2020 (Class Action & Mass Torts)
America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers – Georgia (2018, 2019) New York (2020, 2021)
Illinois Super Lawyer, Rising Star, 2018 (Personal Injury – Products; Professional Liability)
Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Member Spotlight, September 2017
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Young Alumni Spotlight, March 2017
Bar & Gavel Society, Inducted April 2013, (awarded to no more than 12 distinguished graduates)
Williams Institute Moot Court Competition, April 2012, (highest ranked advocate after first round)
Professional and Civic Involvement
Chicago-Kent Young Alumni Council, President (‘16 – ‘18), VP CLE Committee (‘13 – ‘16)
WBAI Leadership Institute, Participant (‘15 – ‘16) (six-month leadership development program)
Northern District of Illinois Settlement Assistance Program, Pro Bono Attorney (‘13 – ‘17)
Chicago Dance Institute, Board of Directors (‘15 – ‘17)
Equip for Equality, Young Professionals Board (‘15 – ‘16), Volunteer Attorney (‘13 – ‘17)
Chicago Bar Association, Balancing Act Blog, Co-Founder/ Contributor (‘14 – ‘16)