Overview

Courtney represents businesses, municipalities, non-profit organizations, and individuals in workplace matters, providing useful guidance, practical solutions, and effective advocacy.

Courtney helps new and established employers comply with changing workplace laws, develop sound workplace policies and procedures, and manage legal risks that can disrupt business and operations.  Courtney recognizes that compliance with workplace laws can be daunting and that requirements may vary depending on an employer’s industry.  Courtney understands the importance of getting to know a client’s business, workplace and circumstances to provide effective, personalized legal assistance.

Courtney works with clients on assorted workplace matters:  providing Human Resources guidance and support, developing personnel policies, procedures and best practices, conducting workplace trainings and internal investigations, enforcing trade secret protections and restrictive covenants, and negotiating employment, severance and other agreements.  When disputes or claims arise, Courtney zealously represents clients in agency investigations and in litigation of employment and labor matters before administrative agencies, in state and federal court, and in arbitration.

Courtney has experience in areas including worker classification, wage and hour compliance, leaves of absence and reasonable accommodations, employee discipline and discharge, employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation, and public sector labor relations.  Municipal labor relations are a particular focus for Courtney, and she regularly represents municipal clients in contract administration, collective bargaining, grievance arbitrations and prohibited practice proceedings.

Credentials

Education

Boston College Law School, J.D., 2001

McGill University, B.A., honors with distinction, 1990

Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Honors & Awards

Connecticut Super Lawyers, Employment Litigation: Defense, 2013-2019

Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation: Labor and Employment, 2016-2020

Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law: Individuals, 2017-2020

Benchmark Litigation, Labor & Employment Star, 2019

Connecticut Law Tribune, Women in the Law, 2010

Newsroom

News

Speaking Engagements

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association
    •  Labor & Employment Section

Connecticut Bar Association
    •  Labor & Employment Section
    •  Litigation Section
    •  Business Torts Committee
    •  Women in the Law Sub Committee

 Greater Bridgeport Bar Association

Support Staff

Patricia Iacozza
203.337.4150
piacozza@cohenandwolf.com

Community Involvement

Center for Family Justice, Advisory Task Force Member

City Lights Art Gallery, Board Member

Connecticut Collective for Women and Girls, Delegate

Downtown Special Services District, Special Events & Marketing Committee Member

Fairfield County Community Foundation, Fund for Women and Girls, Steering Committee Member, Advocacy Committee Chair

Fairfield County Community Foundation, Advocacy Task Force Member

Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut, Board Member, Evaluation Committee Chair

Women’s Business Development Council, Advisory Board Member

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