Emilia McKee Vassallo

Associate She / Her / Hers

Emilia McKee Vassallo is a litigator who focuses her practice on white collar investigations, unfair competition disputes, and securities arbitration. Emilia represents corporations in government investigations and has advised companies cooperating with law enforcement on matters such as trade secret theft by foreign nationals and former employees. She also conducts and provides advice relating to internal investigations, such as those spurred by whistleblower complaints to federal and state agencies. Additionally, she advises and assists in training clients on FCPA compliance.

Emilia relies on her experience and broad knowledge of the law to advise grand jury clients of their rights. She provides pre-indictment and post-indictment representation on health care fraud and other allegations across industries. Additionally, she responds to subpoenas on behalf of companies and individuals.


Representative Matters

  • Conducted an internal investigation of a police department’s response to allegations of violations of its policies and procedures by various officers
  • Represented a global pharmaceutical company in a federal criminal investigation and prosecution relating to the theft of trade secrets by its former employees
  • Represented a company in an internal investigation involving whistleblower complaints to a state agency
  • Represented a former municipal employee before the municipality’s ethics commission

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

Emilia maintains an active pro bono practice. She is a volunteer on the Prisoner Civil Rights Panel in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Emilia also represented an individual who was sentenced to life without parole as a juvenile in conjunction with his re-sentencing in state court, and she assisted with a Criminal Justice Act representation of a federal criminal defendant.

Judicial Clerkships

Honorable Ann Claire Williams, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, September 2016 – September 2017

Honorable Lawrence F. Stengel, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, September 2015 – August 2016

Judicial Externship

Honorable L. Felipe Restrepo, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Professional Activities

Ballard Spahr Hiring Committee

Ballard Spahr Diversity Council

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch," – Criminal Defense: White-Collar (Philadelphia), 2021

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, "Criminal Antitrust Prosecutions: Who Brings Them, How to Avoid Them, and How to Deal With Them." Ballard Spahr CLE, May 12, 2020

Speaker, "The Baby/Business Balance: Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace," PBI CLE, June 10, 2015

Speaker, "Collective Bargaining and the Affordable Care Act," Public Employer Labor Relations Advisory Service (PELRAS) Training Conference, State College, PA, March 18, 2015


Co-author, "Must Employers Accommodate Marijuana Users?" Law.com, June 29, 2015 

Co-author, "NLRB Appears Poised To Overturn Brown University Ruling," Law360, March 26, 2015



Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (J.D. 2014, magna cum laude)
Temple Law Review, Note and Comment Editor
Order of the Coif

University of Pennsylvania (B.A. 2008, cum laude)
Member, Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society




New Jersey


U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court