Monthly Feature: Get to Know... Emily E. Iannucci
March 15, 2022
Emily Iannucci knows Garden City. Born and raised in the Nassau County village on Long Island, she left only once – to study English and French at Boston College. After graduation, she returned to Long Island to enroll at Hofstra University School of Law in neighboring Hempstead, before accepting a job with the labor and employment practice in Bond’s Garden City office.
“I’ve been in Nassau County my whole life,” she says. “My parents live five minutes from the office. I love it. I love being close to Manhattan and all its culture, but the suburbs are more my speed for everyday living.”
Because most of Emily’s clients are in the public sector (i.e., towns, villages, police departments, school districts), her practice affords her a behind-the-scenes look at what makes Long Island life tick. It also strengthens her ties to the community.
“I love dealing with people from all different walks of life,” she says. “On any given day, I might talk to a mayor, a sanitation worker or a firefighter.”
When she assists a municipality with negotiating a union contract, she says she’s not only serving her clients – she’s also watching out for her neighbors and fellow taxpayers.
“I have a better understanding of where our tax money goes, and I have a role in it,” she says. “When you can save taxpayers money, that’s always a good feeling.”
“I have been involved with public sector human resources issues for decades,” says Ed Brancati, HR director for the village of Port Chester in Westchester County. “I have worked with Emily for a number of years and have found her to be thorough, competent, diligent, attentive, knowledgeable and always available.”
From the outside looking in, a life in the law might seem like it was foretold for Emily.
“My entire family has some connection to the legal field,” she says.
Her father is a solo practitioner in Garden City, whose practice includes a little bit of everything, but mainly trust and estate work. Her two older brothers also are attorneys: one at a mid-sized firm on Long Island and the other at a white shoe law firm in Manhattan. Her mother worked in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office for several years.
But Emily’s childhood dreams, nurtured in part by watching police procedurals on television, pointed her in another direction at first.
“I wanted to be an FBI agent,” she says. “And a popular place to start on that path is law school. I figured I’d get my law degree and take it from there.”
But while in law school, she landed a summer associate job at Bond’s Garden City office, and the die was cast.
“I really loved working there that summer,” she says. “I remember thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, these people are so fun and seem like they have so many interesting cases.’ I could see myself working there permanently.”
And so could Bond. She joined the office in 2010 and never looked back.
She found cases involving employee discipline to be particularly appealing as they present an opportunity to “catch bad guys” like a true FBI agent.
In her down time, Emily loves to run. It’s her stress reliever – or it was up until about six weeks ago, when she was sidelined by doctor’s orders. She and her husband are expecting their second child, another boy, any day now.
“I have a deposition scheduled shortly before my due date,” she says. “So we’ll have to see how that goes.”