Emily Thiagaraj, Partner

Emily co-founded Kosinski and Thiagaraj, LLP with the goal of providing top-notch representation to employees who have been harmed by their employers. Emily understands that receiving unwarranted discipline and being subject to unlawful conduct in the workplace can be extremely stressful, which is why Emily has dedicated her practice to providing individuals with representation that they need to be made whole. Emily is committed to working tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for all the individuals she represents.

Since becoming a member of the California Bar, Emily has represented clients in many phases of employment litigation, including case strategy, discovery, depositions, drafting and arguing motions, trial preparation, and drafting appellate briefs. Emily’s diligence, advocacy skills, and dedication to her clients have resulted in her successfully securing favorable settlements, administrative awards, and jury verdicts in their favor.

Emily was born and raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains and received her undergraduate degree from UC San Diego, where she spent a year in Spain studying comparative politics at the Universidad de Complutense de Madrid. In the year between receiving her undergraduate degree and starting law school, Emily spent time teaching in Korea and backpacking throughout Southeast Asia and India. Emily graduated from University of San Francisco School of Law, where she was awarded the Arthur C. Zief Jr. Scholarship and was a Senior Editor on the Maritime Law Journal. While in law school, Emily worked for Duane Morris in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and was a summer associate for a San Francisco employment law firm. When Emily is not advocating for and advising employees, you can find her hiking, cooking vegetarian food, and traveling. Emily lives with her daughter, Remi, and bunny, Sweetie.

State Bar Admission

Emily is admitted to the State Bar of California.

Emily is admitted to the U.S. District Courts in the Northern District and the Central District of California.


Emily has been recognized every year since 2017 as a Northern California Rising Star and included in San Francisco Magazine's list of "Top Women Attorneys in Northern California."

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel, Board Member
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • San Francisco Bar Association


Are Your IT Employees Paid Correctly?, California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog, January 2014.

New Law Requires Delay for Employees Seeking Job Applicants’ Criminal History, CSDA E-News, December 2013.

Exempt Employees Taking Time Off—When Can an Employer Dock Pay? When Does an Employer Have to Pay?, California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog, June 2013.

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