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Emily Harris Gant is a Principal in the Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Group, where she works as an alcoholic beverage attorney.  She counsels wineries, breweries, distilleries, restaurants, hotels and other retailers on liquor licensing, trade practice compliance, distribution issues, contracts, dispute resolution and other liquor-related matters.

Emily is also the Chair of the Cannabis Industry Group, where she advises licensed producers, processors and retailers, along with those hoping to join the industry.  Like alcohol, cannabis is a highly regulated industry.  Emily helps clients structure their business entities, contracts and strategic partnerships to ensure compliance with Washington’s complex regulatory scheme.

An Oregon native, Emily graduated with honors in History from Whitman College.  She then taught second grade in the Mississippi Delta with the Teach for America program.

Emily received her law degree from the University of Washington School of Law.  After law school, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Elaine M. Houghton of the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II.

Emily lives in Ballard with her husband, two daughters and two pugs.

Professional Activities

  • President, Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association, 2019-present
  • Lecturer, University of Washington School of Law, "Special Topics: Hospitality Law"
  • Vice President, Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle
  • Washington Women Lawyers
  • King County Bar Association
  • Past Board Member, Future of the Law Institute
  • Past Editor, Washington Lawyers Practice Manual
  • Associate Member, National Conference of State Liquor Administrators
  • Associate Member, Washington Cannabusiness Association
  • Associate Member, Washington Wine Institute

Community Activities

  • Past Member of Chairman’s Committee, Auction of Washington Wines
  • Past Wine Committee Member, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Blog Posts

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements


Past Appearances



  • Washington, 2004
  • Oregon, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 2010


University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 2004

Whitman College, B.A., Honors in History, cum laude, 1999

Honors | Recognitions

  • Named by peers as one of Washington's "Rising Stars" in Super Lawyers, 2010 and 2016-2017
  • Named by peers as a Rising Star by Washington Law & Politics Magazine
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