Emily assists academic medical centers, hospitals, universities, Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), pharmaceutical companies, insurance providers, and other health care and research organizations with matters related to:

  • Human subjects protection
  • Single, central, and other IRB reliance arrangements for multi-site research
  • Sponsored research and other collaborative research agreements
  • Compliance with HIPAA and other federal, state, and international privacy frameworks, including the EU General Data Protection Regulation
  • Research and clinical data-sharing agreements
  • Tissue and data repositories
  • FDA requirements for clinical investigations
  • Expanded access to investigational products
  • Research compliance
  • International research collaborations

Emily's extensive prior experience as senior in-house counsel for human research matters for a large Boston health system gives her a deep "insider's" understanding of the challenges faced by health care and research organizations, as well as a practical perspective in providing advice. She enjoys working with clients and other stakeholders to consider the legal, operational, and policy implications of various responses to a problem in order to identify the best approach.

Emily has contributed significantly to national efforts to implement IRB reliance arrangements for multi-site research and is regarded as a thought leader in this area. She is a regular speaker at national and local conferences and on webinars on IRB reliance and many other topics pertaining to human research.

Emily's prior in-house counsel role was at Partners HealthCare System, which includes Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital. While at Partners, she was also the staff attorney in charge of managing legal affairs for the Newton-Wellesley Hospital, a nationally recognized community hospital within the system. Prior to her work at Partners, Emily practiced in the litigation and labor and employment groups of Ropes & Gray LLP.



  • Harvard Law School  (J.D., cum laude)
    • Harvard Law Review (Executive Editor)
  • Williams College  (B.S., summa cum laude)
    • Highest Honors
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts


  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Hon. Patti B. Saris