Courtney L.Burks


Minneapolis + 1.612.217.8874

Courtney Burks represents corporate clients in high-stakes, complex employment litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country. She also counsels employers regarding compliance with employment laws and employment-related diligence on business transactions. Her clients span a broad spectrum of industries, including information technology, manufacturing, consumer goods, insurance, and retail.

Courtney's litigation practice focuses on claims brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and other state and local employment statutes. Her in-depth brief writing experience is routinely sought when litigation presents complex issues or matters of first impression. She also recently second chaired a five-day arbitration involving a former employee's political discrimination claim, which resulted in an award in favor of Jones Day’s client.

Courtney is involved in Jones Day's Border Project, which provides legal representation to individuals with claims for immigration relief. To date, she has been a member of two trial teams that have successfully obtained asylum for Venezuelans fleeing political persecution.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Courtney served as a law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and on the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.

In addition to her active docket, Courtney serves as a member of the Associate Board of InnerCity Tennis, a Minneapolis nonprofit that helps its youth participants realize their athletic and personal potential on and off the tennis court.


  • Student activist from Venezuela obtains asylumJones Day obtained asylum on behalf of K.P, who, at the age of 20, was forced to flee Venezuela because he opposed the Venezuelan government and its president, Nicolás Maduro.
  • USI Insurance Services acquires Colburn Group InsuranceJones Day advised USI Insurance Services in its acquisition of Troy, Michigan-based insurance agency Colburn Group Insurance d/b/a Colburn Group.
  • SDS Rx acquires Medical Delivery ServicesJones Day advised Strategic Delivery Solutions ("SDS Rx"), backed by HCI Equity Partners, in the acquisition of Medical Delivery Services.
  • USI Insurance Services acquires Chapman & ChapmanJones Day advised USI Insurance Services in its acquisition of Cleveland, Ohio-based Chapman & Chapman, Inc., a regional employee benefit and retirement consulting firm.
  • USI Insurance Services acquires Forté BenefitsJones Day advised USI Insurance Services in its acquisition of Fort Worth, Texas-based Forté Benefits, a full-service employee benefit broker-consulting firm.
  • USI Insurance Services acquires Full Service Insurance AgencyJones Day advised USI Insurance Services in its acquisition of Franklin, Tennessee-based insurance agency Full Service Insurance Agency, Inc.
  • USI Insurance Services acquires Orgill Singer & Associates, Inc.Jones Day advised USI Insurance Services in its acquisition of Las Vegas, Nevada-based insurance agency Orgill Singer & Associates, Inc. ("Orgill Singer Insurance").
  • USI Insurance Services acquires Scheetz, Hogan, Freeman & PhillipsJones Day advised USI Insurance Services in its acquisition of Greenville, South Carolina-based insurance agency Scheetz, Hogan, Freeman & Phillips.
  • USI Insurance Services acquires JRG Advisors, LLCJones Day advised USI Insurance Services in its acquisition of Wexford, Pennsylvania-based employee benefits services firm, JRG Advisors, LLC.
  • USI Insurance Services acquires Employee Benefit Concepts, Inc.Jones Day advised USI Insurance Services in its acquisition of Employee Benefit Concepts, Inc., one of the largest employee benefit consulting and human capital management firms in western New York.
  • USI Insurance Services acquires Chernoff Diamond & Co., LLCJones Day advised USI Insurance Services in its acquisition of New York-based retirement, benefits and risk management advisory firm, Chernoff Diamond & Co., LLC.
  • Patterson Dental Supply faces contract dispute over its dental practice management softwareJones Day is defending Patterson Dental Supply, Inc. against allegations by Demandforce, Inc. and Sesame Communications, Inc. that Patterson committed tortious interference and trade libel when Patterson informed its customers that it had terminated contracts with Sesame and Demandforce that had allowed those companies to interface with Patterson's dental practice management software.
  • USI Insurance Services acquires GFI Insurance BrokerageJones Day advised USI Insurance Services, a world leader in insurance brokerage and risk management, in its acquisition of GFI Insurance Brokerage, Inc.
  • LendingTree acquires ValuePenguin for $105 millionJones Day advised LendingTree, Inc. in its $105 million acquisition of Value Holding Inc., the parent company of, a personal finance website that conducts in-depth research and analysis on a variety of topics from insurance to credit cards.
  • Norwest Equity Partners makes significant investment in Institute for Integrative NutritionJones Day represented Norwest Equity Partners in connection with its significant investment in and related financing of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
  • Kaiser Aluminum acquires Imperial Machine & Tool Co.Jones Day advised Kaiser Aluminum Corporation in its acquisition of Imperial Machine & Tool Co., a leader in multi-material additive manufacturing and machining technologies for aerospace and defense, automotive, high-tech, and general industrial applications.
  • USI Insurance Services acquires The Gaudreau GroupJones Day advised USI Insurance Services LLC ("USI") on the acquisition of Wilbraham, Massachusetts-based The Gaudreau Group Inc. Insurance Agency ("The Gaudreau Group").
  • Timken acquires Cone DriveJones Day advised The Timken Company in its acquisition of Cone Drive, a leader in precision drives used in diverse markets including solar, automation, aerial platforms, and food and beverage.
  • Nutrien acquires Agrible Inc.Jones Day advised Nutrien Ltd. in its acquisition of Agrible, Inc., a technology company that connects growers with agricultural, food and consumer products companies and provides agronomic and predictive tools to its customers.