About Emily

Emily R. Derstine Friesen is an Attorney at Console Mattiacci Law, LLC.

Ms. Derstine Friesen represents current and former employees in their employment-related matters, including discrimination based on sex, pregnancy, age, race, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, and religion; sexual harassment; retaliation; wrongful termination; FMLA leave; whistleblowing; severance agreements; and breach of contract. Ms. Derstine Friesen has argued before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the District Court of New Jersey, and the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas.

In law school, Ms. Derstine Friesen was Editor-in-Chief of the Drexel Law Review, assisted professors as a research assistant and teaching assistant, served as the Vice President of the Labor and Employment Law Society, and participated in pro bono projects. In addition to employment law, Ms. Derstine Friesen has a background in immigration law.

Special Honors*

  • Included in Super Lawyers® list “New Jersey Rising Stars” in the area of Employment & Labor (2020)
  • Dean’s Award for Exceptional Achievement in Law School
  • Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievement in Legal Ethics
  • Faculty Award for Contributions to the Intellectual Life of Law School
  • Selected as a Peggy Browning Fund Fellow

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Peggy Browning Fund Fellow

Dean's Award for Exceptional Achievement in Law School

Board Observer with Women Organized Against Rape


“New Jersey Rising Stars” in the area of Employment & Labor

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania State Bar
  • New Jersey State Bar
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey


  • Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Juris Doctorate, summa cum laude
  • Eastern Mennonite University, Bachelor of Arts Degree, Justice, Peace, and Conflict Studies, summa cum laude


  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Board Observer with Women Organized Against Rape

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • "Workplace Justice Panel"- Panelists, Temple Law School (September, 24, 2019).
  • "Civil Law Panel"- Panelists, Drexel Law School (September, 3, 2019).
  • Peggy Browning Fund discussing Employment Law - Panelists, University of Pennsylvania Law School (2018).
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