Emma J Dorris

Emma J. Dorris



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Baltimore, MD Office
Suite 1400
25 S. Charles Street
Baltimore MD, 21201


Emma Dorris is an Associate in the Firm’s Workers’ Compensation and Employers’ Liability Practice. Her practice focuses on representing employers and insurance companies in the defense of workers’ compensation claims.

Ms. Dorris earned her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she was Staff Editor of the University of Baltimore Law Review, and a member of the Royal Graham Shannonhouse III Honor Society. She was also a Civil Procedure Teaching Assistant and a Criminal Law Law Scholar. Before choosing to attend law school, she completed one and half years of graduate study in Criminal Justice at the University of Baltimore College of Public Affairs.

She holds her B.S. in Criminal Justice from Towson University, where she had the pleasure of studying abroad at the University of London.

Prior to joining Semmes, she was a Judicial Law Clerk for the Circuit Court of Anne Arundel County, clerked for one of Maryland’s top criminal law firms, and was a Student Attorney at the Immigrant Rights Clinic. She also interned with the Honorable Sally D. Adkins of the Maryland Court of Appeals, as well as the Maryland Office of the Public Defender.


  • 2020, Maryland


  • University of Baltimore Law School, (J.D., 2020)
  • Towson University (B.S. cum laude, 2015)


  • “A Long-Standing Double Jeopardy Exception is in Jeopardy of Being Overruled by the Supreme Court,” University of Baltimore Law Review, March, 2019.
  • “The ‘Migrant Protection Protocol:’ Why the Trump Administration’s Unprecedented Immigration Policy Does Not Protect Migrants, But Puts Them in Danger,” University of Baltimore Law Review, June, 2020.