Courtney advises and represents clients in labor and employment law matters, including federal and state litigation, labor and employment disputes, and administrative matters before the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration, and other local and state human relations agencies. Courtney regularly conducts independent workplace investigations related to harassment and discrimination complaints and concerns at client sites. Courtney also counsels employers on various workplace issues, including hiring, discipline, termination, leaves of absence, accommodation requests, performance issues, wage and hour compliance, pay equity concerns, employee privacy, diversity and inclusion efforts, and litigation avoidance.
Courtney has extensive experience training on various facets of labor and employment law. Courtney’s interactive training methodology, which engages trainees and demystifies laws impacting the workplace, equips supervisors and managers with tools to ensure compliance with the plethora of local, state, and federal employment laws. Prior to commencing her law career, Courtney served as a supervisor in a Fortune 50 company where she also trained hundreds of employees, supervisors, and managers on various regulations, policies, and procedures impacting the organization. Courtney utilizes her experience in the private sector – which provides her unique insight regarding common (and not-so-common) issues affecting supervisors daily – combined with her employment law expertise to develop training to ensure compliance with legal obligations while fostering a work environment that promotes employee morale, engagement, and productivity.
Indiana Super Lawyers named Courtney to its list of "Rising Stars" for 2015, 2016 and 2017. While up to five percent of lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list. Courtney was also one of 25 associates nationwide selected to be an Academy Fellow of the National Employment Law Council in 2013 and 2014. She was also selected as an American Bar Association Labor and Employment Young Lawyer Fellow from 2014-2016, and an American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fellow from 2015 - 2016.
In 2010, Courtney earned a Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law. While in law school, Courtney was elected to the Brandeis Honor Society, which is limited to those whose scholastic records are within the top 10% of their graduating class. Courtney also served on the University of Louisville Law Review as a notes editor.
Before joining Ogletree, Courtney spent several years practicing labor and employment law at a large regional firm based in Indianapolis.