Emery has been a lawyer in Oregon since 2009. Before becoming a lawyer, he started a graphic design studio in Austin, Texas, with fellow illustrator A.J. Garces. They were one of the first custom clip art companies in the mid 1990s, and their last project together was an Aerosmith album cover in 2012.
Emery grew up in South Dakota and went to college in Minnesota. He has also lived in New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, California, Washington, and Texas. He served in the South Dakota, Minnesota, and Texas Army National Guard in the 1980s and 90s. After living in Austin, Texas for 17 years, he moved to Oregon.
While attending law school, he worked as a Multnomah County District Attorney, and has been a full time personal injury lawyer since then. He has also served as traffic court prosecutor for the City of Fairview, Oregon, and continues to work as a volunteer attorney for the Domestic Violence Project at Legal Aid Services of Oregon. Emery founded the Oregon Chinese Lawyers Association, and was a past member of the Board of Governors of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.
Emery’s favorite pastimes are discussing things you’re not supposed to discuss in polite company, attempting woodworking projects he sees on YouTube, and playing and tinkering with pianos.
At times, his wife and two kids are mildly impressed.