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Emily S. Rucker

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  • Grand Rapids

    t. +1.616.752.2764

    f. +1.616.752.2500


Emily Rucker is a commercial litigator whose practice focuses on supply chain and construction disputes. She represents clients in the automotive, manufacturing, and construction industries in a variety of disputes, including breach of contract and contract termination matters and construction lien and defect cases. She also has significant experience in helping her clients deal with financially distressed customers and contract counterparties, and in prosecuting and defending fraudulent transfer and preference claims. Emily provides creative solutions both in and out of the courtroom and helps clients comprehend the risks and benefits to going to trial or in seeking alternative dispute resolution. Emily’s straightforward, efficient and thoughtful approach is an asset to clients, and it’s what makes her a valuable member of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group at Warner.


  • Michigan State University College of Law J.D. 2014 summa cum laude
  • Central Michigan University B.S. 2011 summa cum laude


  • 2014, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • America Bar Association
    Litigation Section, Forum on Construction Law
  • Federal Bar Association
    Bankruptcy Section (Western District of Michigan)
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association


  • Represents commercial clients in supplier and customer disputes and contract termination situations.
  • Represents parties in construction disputes, including construction lien and payment disputes and defect claims.
  • Serves as trial counsel in litigation, arbitration, and mediation.
  • Represents banking clients and other third parties in responding to subpoenas and garnishment requests.

Honors & Awards

  • Grand Rapids Bar Association 3 in 10 Award Recipient, 2022
  • Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2018-Present
  • Associate Editor, Michigan State Law Review
  • Recipient, Dean Charles H. King Scholarship
  • Jurisprudence Achievement Awards in Research, Writing, and Analysis, Torts I, Civil Procedure I, the Regulatory State, Criminal Law, Health Care Law, Family Law, and Sales and Leases


Professional Affiliations

  • Turnaround Management Association, West Michigan Chapter
  • NextGen Committee Member
  • Inforum - A Professional Women's Alliance
    2015 Class

Community Affiliations

  • Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus, Member
    Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, 2015-19
    Secretary, 2019-20
  • Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and School of Theatre Arts
    Board Member, 2020-Present

Speaking Engagements

  • "Automatic Stay and Discharge Injunction Issues: SOS," 31st Annual FBA (Western District of Michigan) Bankruptcy Section Seminar, July 27-28, 2019
  • “Overhaul on Michigan’s New Garnishment Statute,” Employers Association of West Michigan, June 23, 2015

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