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Emily Simmons Tapocsi

Section Chief
Environmental Enforcement Section

Office: 614-466-2766

Emily joined the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in 2007. She leads the Environmental Enforcement Section and oversees environmental criminal cases as well as civil enforcement actions and administrative appeals.  The Section represents the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting and Division of Soil and Water Conservation, the State Emergency Response Commission, the State Fire Marshal’s Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulation, and local and Ohio Health Departments. 
Before joining Environmental Enforcement, Emily served as the Assistant Section Chief of the Court of Claims Defense Section for six years.  In addition to her managerial duties as Assistant Chief, she handled an active litigation caseload representing State entities before the Ohio Court of Claims and the Tenth District Court of Appeals.  She has defended against employment, complex contract, personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability, defamation/false light, and spoliation cases brought against the State. She has drafted successful motions for summary judgment and appellate briefs in multi-million dollar wrongful death and class action lawsuits. Additionally, she has tried over 75 separate cases, handled immunity/show cause hearings, and argued dozens of appeals before the Tenth District.  
Emily developed a specialization in electronic discovery and contributes across the Office on issues and complex cases.  She has litigated spoliation/forensic discovery matters and regularly counsels clients on data management and electronic discovery concerns.  She has written articles and given numerous presentations on the topic. 
Emily values mentoring and serves on the organizational committee for Ohio’s Public Service Mock Trial Competition, a program for law school students.  From 2008-2012, she coached the Mock Trial Team at Centennial High School in the Columbus City School District. She is also a faculty member for The National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute, the training and research arm of the National Association of Attorneys General.  In this role, she teaches AAGs from other states on litigation skills practice.
Emily is from rural Vinton County, Ohio and currently resides in Worthington, Ohio with her husband and two sons.
  • Ohio Northern University, J.D. with distinction, 2007
  • Miami University, B.S., 2004