If you are looking to use workflow rules to send the email then as far as I can tell you should be all set. Looking at the order of execution, the assignment rules should be applied before the workflow rules.
On the server, Salesforce:
Loads the original record from the database or initializes the record
for an upsert statement.
Loads the new record field values from the request and overwrites the
If the request came from a standard UI edit page, Salesforce runs
system validation to check the record for:
Compliance with layout-specific rules
Required values at the layout level and field-definition level
Valid field formats
Maximum field length
Salesforce doesn't perform system validation in this step when the
request comes from other sources, such as an Apex application or a
SOAP API call.
Salesforce runs user-defined validation rules if multiline items were
created, such as quote line items and opportunity line items.
Executes all before triggers.
Runs most system validation steps again, such as verifying that all
required fields have a non-null value, and runs any user-defined
validation rules. The only system validation that Salesforce doesn't
run a second time (when the request comes from a standard UI edit
page) is the enforcement of layout-specific rules.
Executes duplicate rules. If the duplicate rule identifies the record
as a duplicate and uses the block action, the record is not saved and
no further steps, such as after triggers and workflow rules, are
Saves the record to the database, but doesn't commit yet.
Executes all after triggers.
Executes assignment rules.
Executes auto-response rules.
Executes workflow rules.
If there are workflow field updates, updates the record again.
If the record was updated with workflow field updates, fires before
update triggers and after update triggers one more time (and only one
more time), in addition to standard validations. Custom validation
rules and duplicate rules are not run again.
If there are workflow flow triggers, executes the flows.
The Process Builder has superseded flow trigger workflow actions,
formerly available in a pilot program. Organizations that are using
flow trigger workflow actions can continue to create and edit them,
but flow trigger workflow actions aren’t available for new
organizations. For information on enabling the Process Builder in your
organization, contact Salesforce.
Executes escalation rules.
Executes entitlement rules.
If the record contains a roll-up summary field or is part of a
cross-object workflow, performs calculations and updates the roll-up
summary field in the parent record. Parent record goes through save
If the parent record is updated, and a grandparent record contains a
roll-up summary field or is part of a cross-object workflow, performs
calculations and updates the roll-up summary field in the grandparent
record. Grandparent record goes through save procedure.
Executes Criteria Based Sharing evaluation.
Commits all DML operations to the database.
Executes post-commit logic, such as sending email.