Attorney Emma Sikora Paulus is an associate at SWMW Law. She joined the firm in 2023, focusing her practice on helping individuals and families affected by mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.
A member of the firm’s Asbestos Practice, Emma investigates asbestos-containing products in order to maximize recovery for clients.
Prior to joining the firm, Emma worked as an associate attorney for a St. Louis law firm with a primary focus on mass torts, including work on the Paraquat, Camp Lejeune, and AFFF/PFAS multi-district litigations. While obtaining her undergraduate degree, Emma spent a semester studying abroad in Morocco. While there, she focused on studying judicial reform post-Arab uprising. This work became her capstone, which she presented a number of times—including for the annual Senior Symposium. While in law school, Emma gained valuable legal experience through an internship with the St. Louis County Prosecutor’s Office and as a law clerk with the St. Louis University Criminal Defense Clinic.
An Advocate for Others
From an early age, Emma knew she wanted to devote her career to amplifying the voices of those who needed a trusted advocate on their side.
“I knew early on that I wanted to commit my life to helping others,” she said. “I have always been a big supporter of the ‘underdogs’ and have considered myself to be one for most of my life. I now have the tools and training to bring about the change we so desperately need in the legal system, to fight for the ‘underdogs,’ and ensure their voices are being heard.”
Leveraging the empathy and compassion she inherently feels for her clients, Emma easily forms close bonds with the people she represents, allowing her to truly give them the advocacy they deserve.
“I truly and deeply care about my clients,” she said. “My main motivation isn’t just getting them a win during litigation, it’s also making sure they know they have someone in their corner. Knowing they aren’t alone, that they have someone fighting for them – that’s very important to me, too.”
In working with Emma, clients can expect a genuine, trusted partner to help secure them the justice they deserve.
“Great communication is key to any relationship, and clients who work with me can expect that throughout our time together,” she said. “I’m not interested in painting a pretty picture or telling clients what they want to hear – I’m interested in being an honest and genuine partner.”
Emma’s commitment to her clients is mirrored by her commitment to the community. She has experience volunteering with the Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma and is always interested in opportunities to help refugees moving to the area, as well as those who have experienced domestic violence.