Focused, client-first counsel for effective dispute resolution.
Poler Legal represents clients in a range of commercial disputes, especially in areas involving technology, intellectual property, finance and art.
Recognizing the adverse impact legal conflicts can have on a client’s life and business, we help clients understand the range of options available to them and select the path forward that best suits their objectives.
We begin by working closely with clients to clarify their goals, prioritize potential resolutions, and identify areas of specific concern. Together, we design and implement a process to achieve their desired results. We stand with our clients every step of the way. We put their interests first and forcefully advocate their position with grace and professionalism.
Emily A. Poler, Founding Partner
I help clients who are in a dispute or facing litigation work toward what matters most to them: a resolution that enables them to move forward with their lives and businesses.
My goal is to be your strongest, most effective advocate and partner as we resolve your dispute. My relationship with you as my client is what matters most: I will listen to you, respond to you quickly and clearly, carefully consider your thoughts and feelings and most of all, aggressively pursue your goals.
I believe that cooperation and understanding are where every effort to resolve a dispute should begin. But when that doesn’t work, I zealously and forcefully advocate for my clients’ interests and objectives. I also emphasize educating my clients on how to most effectively position and comport themselves to get the resolution they want.
My approach is rooted in my background: I was born and raised in New York City, and graduated from Oberlin College and New York University School of Law. The street smarts and ambition that come with growing up in the world’s most competitive city, combined with the unparalleled education I received at those institutions, inspire me to work relentlessly and fearlessly for my clients.
I began my legal career at the preeminent Manhattan law firm Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, where I represented biotechnology companies, media companies, investment banks, and insurance companies. Subsequently, I spent almost 12 years at a boutique litigation firm where I handled disputes involving claims of copyright and trademark infringement, breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition, and defamation. Clients included financial institutions, hedge funds, software-as-a-service providers, not-for-profit entities, unions, and high-net-worth individuals.
Who I Work With
I have continued this work since founding Poler Legal in 2017. My clients now include software-as-a-service providers, direct-to-consumer brands, trademark licensors, art collectors and galleries, production companies, real estate investment companies and a host of other businesses. I bring to this diverse range of clients a common thread: sensible, practical and knowledgeable advice based on a nuanced analysis of each individual situation.
More About Me
While I am dedicated to serving my clients, I have a rich life outside of the office and the courtroom. I value making time for friends and family at our homes in Brooklyn and the Poconos, continually growing as a cook and improving my quilting skills and, of course, taking advantage of the innumerable activities, culture, sights and sounds that can only be found in New York City.
- New York
- United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Poler Legal represents U.S.-based and international clients in a range of disputes. This includes representing clients in commercial litigation in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration and mediation. Matters cover a range of areas, including:
- Partner and founder disputes
- Contract and license disputes
- Trademark and copyright disputes
- Real estate disputes
- Non-compete and non-disclosure agreements
Poler Legal also:
- Counsels clients in the early stages of a dispute to help clients determine the possibility of avoiding escalation and litigation or arbitration; and
- Drafts contracts to help client clients avoid disputes in the first place. This includes non-disclosure, operating or partnership, and purchase and sale agreements.