Overview

A skilled litigator with over 30 years of trial experience, Courtney B. Wilson has tried employment cases before judges, juries and arbitrators throughout Florida, appearing in all state and federal trial courts and in administrative proceedings. In addition, he has handled multiple appeals in the United States Supreme Court, the Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the state appellate courts throughout Florida. Courtney’s practice includes:

  • Prosecuting and defending non-compete, unfair competition and trade secret claims
  • Litigating complex employment contract claims
  • The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation including class action
  • Appellate practice
  • Defending public accommodation claims under Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act
  • Independent contractor/employee misclassification claims
  • Enforcement of arbitration agreements and class waivers

Courtney's experience ranges from representing small employers defending single plaintiff cases to acting as lead counsel for a Fortune 10 multi-national corporation in a nationwide class action. Recently, Courtney has successfully defended a major multi-national technology company in several class actions, and secured a precedent-setting appellate court decision holding on-demand service providers were correctly classified as independent contractors. 

Courtney chairs Littler’s Appellate Practice Procedure Sub-Group, and also founded Littler’s Americans with Disabilities Title III (public access) Practice Group.

Prior to joining Littler, Courtney served in several leadership roles with the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Florida Bar, serving as Chair of the Section in 2002-03, and developed the initial standards for board certification of labor and employment lawyers in Florida.

In 2001, Courtney was one of only five Miami lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© in the category of Labor and Employment Law, and he has been selected for inclusion in every edition from 2001 to 2017.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Chair

Labor and Employment Law Section

Florida Bar

2002-2003

Former Member, Executive Council

Labor and Employment Law Section

Florida Bar

Recognition

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

1999-2019

News, Analysis & Press

Outrunning Contractual Non-Compete Undertakings: Does The Eleventh Circuit’s Palmer & Cay Decision Offer ‘Earlybird Specials’ For Florida Forum Shoppers

The Florida Bar Journal Vol. 79 No. 11

December 2005

Application of The Florida Civil Rights Act to Extraterritorial Employees in Sinclair v. De Jay Corp., Gives a Parochial Statute Potentially Limitless Application

The Florida Bar Journal Vol. 74 No. 1

January 2000

Tort Reform and Its Impact on Labor and Employment Law in Florida

The Checkoff Vol. 30 No. 1

September 1999

Analyzing Retaliation Claims Premised on Conditional Settlement Offers: Abandoning Comparative Evidence Yields Inconsistent Results"

The Checkoff Vol. 26 No. 2

January 1995

Speaking Engagements

Statutory And Common Law Protection Of Business Interests

15th Labor and Employment Law Annual Update and Certification Review - The Florida Bar, Orlando, FL

January 30, 2015

A Survey and Analysis of State Law Governing the Existence Scope and Alleged Breach of Employees' Duty of Loyalty

Annual Multi-State Labor & Employment Law Seminar - SMU Dedman School of Law

2003

Litigating the Efficacy of Sexual Harassment Investigations From Discovery Through Examination of the Attorney/Investigator at Trial

Annual Multi-State Labor & Employment Law Seminar - SMU Dedman School of Law

2002

Education

  • J.D., Levin College of Law at University of Florida, 1986With Honors
  • B.A., University of South Florida, 1982cum laude

Bar Admission

Florida

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida