- "They are going to have to kill me if they want me to give this up!"
- —Emily on seeking justice for her father[src]
Civil suit against Martin Somers
After her her father was murdered, Emily learned he was going to testify that Martin Somers was accepting bribes from the Triad to smuggle drugs into Starling City. She filed a civil suit against Somers, represented by Laurel Lance.
In October 2012, Emily, Laurel, and Joanna de la Vega arrived at the courthouse for the hearing against Somers. Emily grew nervous upon seeing him, but Laurel promised her they would take Somers down for what he did to her father. Inside, Emily met Oliver Queen and Tommy Merlyn. Later at the hearing, she listened as Laurel spoke about Victor's murder.
The next day at CNRI, Joanna warned Emily that Somers' attorney would try to paint her as blinded by grief or attempting to make money during the trial, much to Emily's outrage, as she only cared about getting justice for her father. Laurel pointed out that there were a lot of dangerous people who didn't want the trial to proceed, but Emily adamantly refused to drop her case. Detective Quentin Lance then arrived to put Emily, Joanna, and Laurel under police protection due to their battle against the Triad.
Somers was prosecuted by the district attorney due to a recording obtained by The Hood in which he confessed to giving the order of having Victor murdered. Upon seeing the news, an overjoyed Emily thanked Laurel for fighting for her case.
- The surname Nocenti derives from a root of knowledge, the opposite of which is "innocent".
- Emily and her father's surname, Nocenti, is likely a reference to the comic book writer Ann Nocenti, who had a brief stint on Green Arrow comics from 2012-2013.