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  • Ohio, 2008
    Michigan, 2020
  • U.S. District Courts:
      -Northern District of Ohio, 2011
      -Southern District of Ohio, 2017
      -Western District of Michigan, 2020
      -Southern District of Indiana, 2020
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2018


Boston University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2008

Bard College, B.A., with honors, 2005


Emilie K. Vassar currently practices in the areas of labor, employment, employee benefits and education law.  Ms. Vassar is an associate in our Labor & Employment Practice Group and is based in our Toledo office. 

Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Vassar worked in education law both in private practice and in-house with a community school sponsor.  In these roles, she assisted community schools in maintaining compliance with state and federal laws, rules and regulations, affecting many areas of operation including governance, employee rights, student rights and health and safety.  She also managed community school contracts (charters) as well as drafted school and employee policies. 

At Eastman & Smith, Ms. Vassar’s  practice covers the range of employment issues, including: 

  • Disability Accommodation & Leaves of Absence
  • Discrimination & Harassment
  • Education
  • Employee Benefits
  • Hiring, Performance Management & Termination
  • Litigation & Trial
  • Policies & Procedures (Handbooks)
  • Retaliation & Whistleblowing
  • Wage & Hour

While in law school, Ms. Vassar was the executive editor of the Public Interest Law Journal.  She also authored “Breaking the Norm: Accurate Evaluation of English Language Learners with Special Education Needs” which appears in the 2007 issue of the publication. 

When not practicing law, Ms. Vassar enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters. She also is invested in the success of Toledo’s performing arts community, particularly the Toledo Symphony and Toledo Ballet.

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Community/Professional Affiliations

Ms. Vassar is a member of:

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Toledo Women’s Bar Association

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