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Emily Bodtke Zambrana
Emily Bodtke Zambrana

2020 Up & Coming Attorneys: Emily Bodtke Zambrana

Emily Zambrana’s bosses call her a superstar. A 2015 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, she has made the most of her time at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath.

Zambrana practices in the areas of product liability with expertise in class action defense. The focus of her practice has been defending class actions in a variety of areas, including food labeling, medical device and agricultural products.

How and when did you know you wanted to study law and pursue it as a career?

It was in college. I loved reading, writing and analysis, and law lends itself to that. And it’s more practical than English literature, which is what I first thought I wanted to study. It was a way to combine the things I love.

What do you find the most rewarding or love best about working in the legal profession?

When I get to work on a team of lawyers that are able to come together to make a good solution. That interaction is fun and stimulating.

What inspires you and motivates you to achieve your goals?

I’m a perfectionist, so that’s always a motivator. I always want to do a good job.

What’s the best piece of advice that you ever received?

A lot of people have told me, you’re in this for the long haul, so be sure to take time for yourself. And I think that has actually made be a better lawyer.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I grew up on a blueberry farm in southwest Michigan.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love to read for fun. And during the warm weather, I love to walk, run and get fresh air.

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