Courtney C. Williams both advises companies and litigates on their behalf on a wide range of employment matters, including compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, discrimination and harassment, and claims of wrongful termination and defamation. She also works with clients to develop employee handbooks and advises on severance, noncompete and other employment-related agreements.

Her background includes advising employers nationwide on matters of compliance in rapidly expanding areas of the law including ADA issues arising from the legalization of marijuana use, compulsory state-mandated sexual harassment training, and leave laws including state-to-state requirements and variations. She has counseled successful entertainers and recording artists on a wide range of employment related issues including variations state-to-state that can arise as musicians tour throughout the country and abroad and drafting employment agreement and noncompetes that address such intricacies.

Courtney has experience representing employers in complaints related to workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance, reductions in force, wrongful discharge, discrimination and civil rights, and wage and hour compliance, as well as conducting labor and employment due diligence in the sale and acquisition of a corporation, sale of assets, and sale of shares.

During law school, she was Honor Council Chief Deputy and a member of the Environmental Law and Policy Review.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Fairfax Bar Association


Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association

Board Member

Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association


Young Lawyers Division

Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association


American Association for Justice


National Association of Professional Women


National Employment Lawyers Association


Virginia Trial Lawyers Association


Named, Rising Star

Employment Law, District of Columbia

Super Lawyers


Alpha Chi

Carson-Newman College

Omicron Delta Kappa

Carson-Newman College

Psi Chi

Carson-Newman College

News, Analysis & Press

6th Circ. Adds To Individual Assessment Trend Under ADA

Law 360

August 16, 2018

Justice for All—Is Shining a Spotlight on the Topic of Implicit Bias a Way to Put the Blindfold Back on Lady Justice?

Virginia State Bar Journal

Winter 2016-2017

How Young Attorneys Can Gain the Confidence of Client and the Court

Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association Bar Bulletin

February 2014

Expectations in Your First Year of Practice - Tips from the Pros

Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association Bar Bulletin

December 2013

Speaking Engagements

Workplace Bullying in the Healthcare Setting - How to Manage Problematic Employees and Avoid Legal Claims

Association of Organ Procurement Organizations Annual Meeting, National Harbor, MD

June 18-21, 2018

Ethics in Employment Law

Virginia State Bar Annual Employment Law Conference

October 2016

Sexism and the Law

Virginia State Bar Annual Employment Law Conference

September 2015

Unemployment Claims Before the Virginia Employment Commission

Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association Bench Bar Conference

April 2012


  • J.D., College of William & Mary, 2010
  • B.A., Carson-Newman College, 2007cum laude

Bar Admission

District of Columbia


  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia