Emily is an associate in the General Commercial Litigation group where she focuses her practice on business disputes and appellate proceedings.


Before joining Burr & Forman, Emily served as a law clerk to the Honorable Madeline H. Haikala of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Emily graduated summa cum laude from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, where she was a member of the Jere F. White Jr. Fellows program – a fellowship offered to one incoming law student each academic year. Emily also served as Associate Editor of the Cumberland Law Review, a Caruthers Fellow teaching assistant for legal research and writing, and a National Moot Court Team member.

Emily earned her undergraduate degree from Furman University, where she graduated cum laude. During her undergraduate career, Emily worked in European Parliament and the United States Senate.

Emily founded the Laps for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which has raised more than $3 million for Cystic Fibrosis care and research. As part of these efforts, Emily helped open and fund numerous Cystic Fibrosis clinics in South America. Emily was recognized as National Youth Philanthropist of the Year and was included as a keynote speaker at events sponsored by the Alabama Governor’s School, the Birmingham Quarterback Club, and the Boomer Esiason Foundation.


  • Defended numerous banks against allegations of wire fraud and breach of the Uniform Commercial Code.
  • Represented a number of companies against breach of indemnification and breach of contract claims.
  • Obtained a $2.1 million judgment for breach of fiduciary duty against a certified financial planner.
  • Obtained summary judgment for an international company on breach of contract claims and successfully obtained Alabama Supreme Court affirmance on the same grounds.
  • Filed two amicus briefs in the Supreme Court of the United States Supreme Court.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Listed in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch: Commercial Litigation since 2022
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers "Rising Star," Business Litigation since 2022
  • Birmingham Business Journal, "NextGen: Emerging Leaders in Law" (2024)
  • Jere. F. White Junior Fellow (2015-2018)
  • Furman University Townes Scholar (2011-2015)
  • National Youth Philanthropist of the Year, Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • Alabama Youth Philanthropist of the Year, Alabama Association of Fundraising Professionals


Professional & Community

Civic Activities

  • Laps for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Founder (2003-Present)
  • First Light Center for Homeless Women and Children, Young Partner (2021-Present)
  • Dream a Little Dream, Co-Founder (2009-Present)


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Erika N. Cockrell
(205) 458-5311

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