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.
- University of Iowa (J.D. with high distinction 2014; Articles Editor, Iowa Law Review); Vassar College (B.A. in Biology 2008)
- Arizona, Minnesota, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- Law Clerk to Judge Mary H. Murguia, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (2016-2017) and to Judge Susan R. Bolton, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona (2014-2016)