Emily Holland

Associate, Washington, DC



Emily is an associate in the Firm's International Trade Practice and core member of the Business & Human Rights interest group and the ESG & Sustainability focus group. Emily is ranked in Chambers Global for Business and Human Rights Law where she is described as "a highly regarded senior associate … very much in the cutting edge in this field" who is admired for her "wide breadth of knowledge."

Emily specializes in helping companies across sectors design integrated solutions to complex corporate responsibility challenges and navigate ESG risk across the globe. She advises governments, intergovernmental organizations and NGOs on human and labor rights issues and the broader sustainability agenda. 

Emily's focus is the emerging regulation of human rights and supporting companies in formulating leading strategies for responsible sourcing, supply chain management, meaningful transparency and engagement with diverse stakeholders. She helps companies develop policies and governance structures, including grievance mechanisms, conduct due diligence, and respond to and defend human rights claims. 

Outside of the Business & Human Rights space, Emily regularly represents corporations and individuals in civil, criminal, and regulatory investigations and litigation involving fraud, bribery, money laundering, economic sanctions, export controls, World Bank sanctions proceedings, and other areas of law. 

Prior to becoming barred, Emily worked in the journalism and humanitarian fields, visiting numerous high-risk jurisdictions worldwide, and briefly served in the US State Department's Office of Policy Planning. She has published extensively on human rights issues as a lawyer, journalist and NGO professional.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
US District Court for the District of Columbia
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Princeton University


Advised Swiss financial institutions in connection with investigations by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Internal Revenue Service of offshore tax fraud.*

Advised the US DOJ-approved monitor for a financial institution with more than 350,000 agents across 200 countries on anti-money laundering, antifraud, and compliance with the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).*

Represented multinational companies on investigations into corruption and fraud on projects involving France, Haiti, Madagascar, Russia, South Korea, the UK and the United States.*

Advised the receiver of a multinational firm in a securities fraud matter brought by the SEC involving more than US$500 million in claims and 35 ancillary suits in state and federal courts.*

Advised multinational companies on the scope and application of human rights legislation, litigation trends, corporate benchmarking and capacity-building, including as relates to conflict minerals due diligence and reporting.*

Assisted on a pro bono basis, groups of individuals and leading human rights charities and international non-governmental organizations in the delivery of their work, including representing a survivor of human trafficking in the United States and undertaking domestic and international comparative research projects to inform policy work on economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights, operational grievance mechanisms, and banking and human trafficking.*

* Matters prior to joining White & Case

Speaking Engagements

"You’ve found slavery in your supply chain: What are your immediate actions?", June 13, 2018 : Innovation Forum, (panelist)

"Project Planning, Financing and Completion While Complying with International Human Rights Requirements", April 5, 2018 : Texas International Law Society Annual Institute, (panelist)

Harvard Law School Business and Human Rights Student Committee inaugural symposium, April 3, 2018: (panelist)

"Human rights blog" , November 29, 2017: UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, (speaker)

"Supply chain mapping: what are the best practices to identifying the most salient risks?", June 27, 2017 : Innovation Forum, (panelist)

Presented on Business & Human Rights issues and panels at American University Washington College of Law, Georgetown Law School: Johns Hopkins SAIS and Princeton University


While at another global law firm, Emily launched and published a leading legal business and human rights blog.

Taking a Compliance View of Human Rights, Corporate Human Rights Benchmark Progress Report, May 14, 2018, (author)

Taking Modern Slavery Seriously: A Compliance Primer, International Bar Association Human Rights Law Committee Newsletter, April 6, 2018, (author)

Litigation risk focuses mind on modern slavery, Innovation Forum, March 2, 2018 , (quoted)

Defending US Interests in the Digital World, New York Law Journal, Feb. 3, 2016 , (co-author)

The Growing Threat of Cyber Attacks in Africa, Bloomberg BNA World Data Protection Report, May 28, 2015, (co-author)

Touching and Concerning Kiobel, New York Law Journal, May 18, 2015, (co-author)

The World Bank fights back on corruption, The FCPA Blog, September 18, 2013, (contributor)

Awards and Recognition

Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, District of Columbia Courts, 2016

Outstanding Achievement Award in the field of DC Prisoners’ Rights, DC Prisoners' Project of the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, 2016