Milad Emam is an attorney with the Institute for Justice. He joined IJ in August 2015 and litigates cases to secure free speech, economic liberty and property rights in both federal and state courts.
In his time at IJ, Milad has defended freedom of speech for a variety of speakers, including vegan food sellers, vocational-education teachers, and makeup artists in Oklahoma, Virginia, and North Carolina, respectively. He was also the lead attorney in a successful economic-liberty challenge to a Wisconsin town’s ban on food trucks, which was declared unconstitutional for violating the state’s constitution.
Beyond free speech and economic liberty, Milad has challenged numerous infringements on property rights. He was co-counsel in IJ’s first class-action lawsuit, Sourovelis v. Philadelphia, where IJ dismantled Philadelphia’s unconstitutional civil-forfeiture program, as well as a class-action lawsuit challenging the NYPD’s use of a draconian “no-fault eviction” statute. And outside the court of law, Milad has successfully defended homeowners in Utah, Tennessee, and New Jersey from pretextual “blight” designations that would have enabled eminent domain against their property.
Milad’s work has been featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Reason, The Oklahoman, and other print, radio, and television outlets.
Prior to joining IJ, Milad was an associate at Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, DC, representing insurers in connection with coverage issues and disputes arising under professional liability and general liability policies. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Amherst College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.