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Biography

Courtney’s unique background as a contract process and disbursement auditor and consultant to energy companies brings a distinctive perspective to advising her clients on matters important to their business, including risk mitigation, dispute resolution, and trial.

She has counseled and represented small independent companies to Fortune 500 companies, in various industries including oil and gas exploration and production, midstream upstream, and service companies, transportation, healthcare, construction and fabrication, law firms, HVAC, waste management, veterinarians, and animal rescues.  While Courtney’s legal practice spans the full spectrum of commercial litigation, she has significant experience advising and developing solutions to matters involving:  health, safety and operations, personal injury and safety incidents, OSHA investigations, environmental emissions, third party contractors, construction defect, mechanic and materialman liens, litigation prevention, entity disputes, contract negotiations and drafting, insurance coverage, employee matters, modification of policies and procedures, and protection of intellectual property.

She also routinely represents legal professionals in professional liability claims, and animal owners, veterinarians, and animal rescue organizations.

Courtney has experience handling arbitrations, mediations, and cases from inception through trial in Texas state courts and federal courts.

Courtney's Relevant Experience

Oil & Gas Litigation

Won a top 100 Texas jury verdict for 2019 for a national E&P company.

Successfully defended midstream company with the largest number of active pipeline miles in Texas in five lawsuits involving significant personal injury incidents.

Secured a dismissal of all claims against Fortune 500 E&P and pipeline company involving claims of trespass of easements.

Represented drilling company in its prosecution of well operator’s negligent drilling operations and material selections.

Won dismissal of all claims asserted against well operator in accounting and joint operating agreement dispute.

Other Info About Courtney

Education

Law School

Washington & Lee University School of Law, J.D., 2010

Undergraduate School

Baylor University, B.B.A. in Finance, 2003
Concentration in international business

Bar Memberships

Courtney is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Texas

Courts

Courtney is admitted to practice before the following court(s):

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

Top 100 Jury Verdicts 2019, TopVerdict.com

State Bar of Texas Pro Bono College, Member

Houston’s Top Lawyers for Construction Law 2020, Houstonia Magazine

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Baylor University Bears for Leadership Reform, Associate Board Member

Houston Young Lawyers Foundation, Fellow

Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow

Houston Bar Association – Member, Lawyers for Literacy; Member, Minority Opportunity in the Law

Houston Young Lawyers Association – Member, Judiciary Events

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Houston Cares Animal Rescue, Board Member

New Life International Orphanage, Guatemala, Orphanage Missionary

Firm Committees

Courtney serves or has served in the following leadership role(s) at Frost Brown Todd:

Women’s Initiative Committee, Member

Presentations

Courtney was invited to speak at the following events:

Presenter, Laws in the Workplace, June 2012

Presenter, Houston Young Lawyers Association, Teen Civic Leadership Academy, 2010 and 2011

Major Publications

Courtney is an author or contributor to the following publications:

Co-author, The Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases, The Journal of Energy, Climate and the Environment, March 2010

Assistant Editor, The Lexington Principles on the Rights of Detainees: A Transnational Legal Process Approach to Due Process, April 2009

Contributing Author, Judge Tells Cleveland Not Only “No”, but “Heck No?”, Nuisance Law, June 2009

Editor and Managing Editor, W&L Law News

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