Emilia J. Gardner, Attorney, Eugene, Oregon, Arnold Law Office Lawyer Profiles

Emilia Gardner


Emilia is an experienced trial attorney with expertise in coordinating complex litigation teams, involving voluminous discovery, multiple expert witnesses, and numerous attorneys and co-counsels.

Attorney Practice Philosophy

Emilia focuses on providing effective, client-centered service to individuals in civil and criminal matters. She feels strongly that cases achieve the best resolution possible when the client has shared all of their issues, worries and expectations with their lawyer, and has been involved and fully informed about the facts, the law, viable options for settlement and the potential risks of trial. Emilia knows that consistent and clear communication with her clients (along with a lot of hard work) are the keys to success in every case.

Background and Education

Emilia was born and raised in Oregon. She is a 1998 graduate of Thurston High School. She obtained her bachelors degree from Oregon State University in 2002, where she was also a coxswain on the OSU Men’s Crew Team. After graduation, she traveled extensively, in the United States and beyond to South America, Europe and Asia.

In 2004, Emilia returned to Eugene to attend law school at the University of Oregon, where she took advantage of courses that provided useful professional experience. Through the prosecution clinic, she worked for the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office, where she appeared regularly in court as a certified law student and obtained her initial jury trial experience. Through the mediation clinic, she trained as a mediator, and helped resolve small claims cases at the Lane County Circuit Court. After her graduation in 2007, she served as the judicial clerk to Honorable Mustafa T. Kasubhai at the Lane County Circuit Court. She then joined Arnold Law as an attorney in 2008.

Arnold Law

Emilia has built a very broad and useful base of legal knowledge and ability in her years with Arnold Law. She has assisted clients in many practice areas, including:

Criminal Law (State and Federal, including DUI, Reckless Driving, Drug Crimes, Theft, Assault and Sex Offenses)

Personal Injury (Motor Vehicle Collisions, Vehicle/Pedestrian Collisions, Motor Vehicle/Motorcycle Collisions, Product Injuries, and Slip/Trip/Falls)

Stalking Protective Orders (Trial and Appeals)

Estate Planning (Wills and Trusts)

Probate Administration

Civil (Breach of Contract, Defamation, Fraud, Conversion)

Family Law (Dissolution, Paternity, Custody, Modification, and Family Abuse Prevention Act restraining orders)

Clients with “messy” issues benefit from her experience, because she can more accurately troubleshoot potential problems and answer “outside of the box” questions, such as: “How will a conviction impact my abilities to exercise parenting time with my children?”

Emilia also regularly teams up with managing partner Mike Arnold on the firm’s complex civil and criminal cases. The trial skills she honed in her busy, broad practice make her an ideal attorney in complex cases. She has managed voluminous, technical and electronic discovery consisting of 50,000+ pages. She has engaged and fielded the aggressive and extensive motion practice of a complex case. She knows when to hire an investigator and when to be one. She has interviewed witnesses, engaged and prepared experts for trial and examined witnesses in bench and jury trials.


Hobbies and Interests

Emilia is married and has two sons. She spends most of her free time chasing her children, gardening, and doing chores with her husband on their rural property. When Oregon weather, mosquitoes, and the kids allow, she enjoys hiking, camping, and backpacking around the southern, coastal and central parts of Oregon. She is also a voracious reader and avid photographer.


Snowshoeing to camp near Mt Bachelor.

Snowshoeing to camp near Mt Bachelor.


Trying to eat dinner without freezing.

Trying to eat dinner without freezing near Broken Top.


Posing with her lab in the Mt. Jefferson  wilderness.

With the dog in the Mt. Jefferson wilderness.


Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu, Peru.


Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam.


Lion cubs in the Serengeti, Tanzania.

Lion cubs in the Serengeti, Tanzania.


On the train from Italy to Austria.

On the train from Italy to Austria.


A crew out on Dexter Lake, Lowell, Oregon.

A crew out on Dexter Lake, Lowell, Oregon.


Headed for the mountains near Silver Lake, Oregon.

Headed for the mountains near Silver Lake, Oregon.