Emily C. Ward

Emily C. Ward

John D. "Randy" Dalbey


Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Phone: (404) 233-4171
Fax: (404) 261-2842
Contact: eward@cclblaw.com

Emily Ward focuses on civil and criminal litigation including healthcare and commercial litigation, white collar defense, and administrative and regulatory matters.  Emily graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2013 where she was active in Moot Court and Women Law Students Association. Emily won several awards while at UGA including Best Oralist at the Emory Civil Rights and Liberties Competition, Outstanding Graduate from the National Organization for Women, and Outstanding Service and Leadership Award from the UGA Moot Court Society.

Prior to joining Chilivis Cochran Larkins & Bever, LLP, Emily practiced at Carlock Copeland & Stair, LLP in the areas of medical malpractice and general civil and commercial litigation. Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Miami where she finished magna cum laude and was a Rhodes Scholarship National Semi-Finalist.

Representative Matters:

  • Representation of multiple potential defendants in cybersecurity investigations, tax fraud investigations, public corruption, and more, each resulting in no indictments being filed or substantially reduced penalties being negotiated.
  • Obtained defense verdict in multi-day arbitration for healthcare practice that had been charged with violating various contractual provisions regarding medical billing, physician recruitment, and restrictive covenants.
  • Obtained defense verdict for parents who had been placed on the child abuse registry after seeking medical treatment for their accidentally injured child.
  • Successful representation of Smith, Gambrell & Russell in a 2017 arbitration against Cousins Properties stopping the installation of “building signature signs” on the Promenade in Midtown Atlanta.  Smith, Gambrell & Russell sought enforcement of its Lease against the Landlord who proposed to allow another, smaller tenant, to install “building signature signs” with its logo at the top of the Promenade.
  • Successfully defended doctors and nurses accused of being deliberately indifferent to inmates’ healthcare needs.  The plaintiff was convinced to dismiss the case with prejudice against all parties.
  • Successfully defended a certified nursing assistant charged with neglect of a patient by convincing judge no neglect had occurred.
  • Successful representation of numerous nurses and dentists in state medical and dental board investigations resulting in no disciplinary actions.
  • Successful representation of multiple businesses and non-profits cited for business license violations. In each case business licenses were reinstated and all licenses were brought into compliance with city regulations, and all ancillary employee charges were dropped.

Areas of Practice

    • Civil Litigation
    • Health Law
    • White Collar Criminal Defense
    • Internal Investigations
    • Environmental

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 2013
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 2013
  • Georgia Court of Appeals, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia, 2016
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia, 2018


  • University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia

J.D., 2013

  • University of Miami, Miami Florida

B.A., Music, magna cum laude, 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia, Member, 2013 to Present
    • Young Lawyers Division
    • Litigation Section Co-Chair, 2019-2020
    • Leadership Academy Class of 2019
  • Health Law Section
  • Criminal Law Section
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Member, 2013 to Present
    • Women in the Profession Section,
    • Chair 2019-2020
    • Board Member, 2016 to Present
  • Criminal Law Section
    • Board Member, 2019-2020
  • Council of Young Lawyers Section
  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association
    • Young Lawyer Representative
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
    • BRAVO! Young Professionals Group, Board Member (2018-Present)
  • Blue Ridge Chamber Music Festival
    • Board Member, 2016 to Present