Emily O’Toole

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Tel (718)254-0700 x251

Emily O’Toole was born and raised in Massachusetts on the North Shore. Despite loving all things New England, (the food, the snow, the sports, the beaches, etc) she is excited to finally be in NYC. She yearned to move here since her first visit in high school. Once she saw the Balto statue in Central Park, she was officially in love with the city. While Emily is thrilled to be in the city, she is especially thrilled to be in Brooklyn and have the privilege of providing indigent defense as a Staff Attorney in the criminal defense practice for Brooklyn Defender Services.

Emily attended Suffolk University Law School after graduating from Fairfield University with her bachelor’s degree in both History and International Studies. At Suffolk, Emily participated in a variety of courses and student organizations. She served on the Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Team, served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of High Technology Law, and also worked in the Suffolk Defenders Clinic in her third year representing indigent clients in Suffolk County.

While attending Suffolk, Emily knew she wanted to use her law degree to help those in need. Thanks to the example set by her parents and their peers, Emily has had a lifelong passion for social justice and the promotion of human rights. She started out at Suffolk with an international focus, true to her undergraduate degree, and even interned one summer at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. During her 2L year, however, Emily realized that she was most passionate about protecting the rights of, and seeking justice for, indigent criminal defendants in the United States. Thus she applied for, and was accepted into the Suffolk Defenders Clinic. While working in the clinic, she began applying to public defender offices in a variety of states because she was determined to work as a public defender after law school. This is when she found Brooklyn Defender Services, an indigent defense firm providing integrated defense to clients while also advocating for policy reforms to best serve and protect those clients. From the first interview, Emily felt that Brooklyn Defender Services was the perfect place for her to work as a public defender, and she is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this team.