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. Courtney has argued motions and appeals in federal and state courts, and her in-depth brief writing experience is routinely sought when litigation presents complex issues or matters of first impression. She 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.


  • Coalition of railroads achieve successful results in national collective bargainingJones Day was counsel for the U.S. railroad industry in one of the largest and most consequential labor matters of 2022, helping to avoid threatened work stoppages by 100,000 workers that would have gravely imperilled the U.S. economy and drew the personal attention of President Biden.
  • J. M. Smucker Company secures complete dismissal in challenge to vaccination policyJones Day secured complete dismissal of all claims brought against The J. M. Smucker Company by former employees challenging their terminations pursuant to Smucker’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.
  • 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.
  • HCI Equity Partners-backed SDS Rx acquires Mission Critical Delivery SolutionsJones Day advised HCI Equity Partners in the acquisition and financing by portfolio company SDS Rx of Mission Critical Delivery Solutions, headquartered in Bangor, Maine.
  • 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 May Insurance ServicesJones Day advised USI Insurance Services in its acquisition of Columbus, Ohio-based employee benefits services firm, May Insurance Services, Inc.
  • USI Insurance Services acquires Inland InsuranceJones Day advised USI Insurance Services in its acquisition of Washington-based Inland Insurance, an independent risk management and employee benefits agency.
  • USI Insurance Services acquires Findley, Inc.Jones Day advised USI Insurance Services, a top 10 insurance broker, in connection with its acquisition of the stock of Findley, Inc., a leading independent human resources and employee benefits consulting firm, providing actuarial, benefits and administrative consulting services to private and publicly held companies, the public sector, and non-profit organizations.
  • USI Insurance Services acquires Hildi IncorporatedJones Day advised USI Insurance Services in its acquisition of Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based Hildi Incorporated, a regional actuarial consulting firm specializing in actuarial retirement plan services, including the design, administration, accounting, and valuation of defined benefit pension plans, including cash balance plans and post-retirement health and welfare plans.
  • 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.
  • 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.