Emily graduated with Honours in a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Psychology, from Griffith University, completing elective study in Criminal Law and Forensic Mental Health at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She undertook a clerkship with Hopgood Ganim Lawyers in Litigation and Family Law and was admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia in 2010.
Following her admission Emily commenced working at Russo Lawyers and specialised in the practice of criminal defence. Emily was recognised as a Senior Associate at Russo Lawyers in 2014 and became a founding partner of Wallace O’Hagan Lawyers in 2015.
Emily appears in all criminal law jurisdictions. She has represented clients at every level of the criminal justice system, from pleas of guilty before the Magistrates Court to Supreme Court Appeals. Emily has extensive trial experience in the full range of traffic and criminal offences, including careless/dangerous driving, burglary, rape, complex fraud and attempted murder. She has been involved in some of Queensland’s most high profile criminal law proceedings, including people smuggling matters and proceedings involving the vicious lawless association legislation.
Emily is passionate about protecting the rights of her clients. She works tirelessly to safeguard her client’s interests, whether it’s their license, their job, their reputation, or their liberty. Emily has represented medical professionals and employees of the Queensland Police Service in internal disciplinary proceedings. She has successfully defended clients against job suspension and loss of remuneration.
Emily understands the devastating impact that legal proceedings can have on individuals and their families. She is committed to ensuring that her clients achieve a fair and expeditious outcome.
Emily is contactable 24/7 to offer emergency assistance and advice. She is a skilled advocate, appearing in countless successful Magistrates Court and Supreme Court bail applications. Her early involvement often achieves a resolution without charges being laid. Don’t walk into court or a police interview alone.