Courtney, a Knoxville native, graduated from Bearden High School. In 2007, Courtney was admitted to the prestigious University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Honors Program which is built upon the core values of intellectual curiosity, critical awareness, and social responsibility. The primary focus of Courtney’s college study was anthropology, and she gained years of valuable experience in forensic anthropology while volunteering at the UT Body Farm. Courtney also provided support to college students with special needs by attending their classes and taking notes for them. As a life-long learner, Courtney found this experience invaluable.
After graduating from UT in 2011, Courtney studied bioarcheology at Louisiana State University, then applied her knowledge and experience in a career as a field archeologist. That career required extensive travel throughout the US, and a lot of digging in the dirt. One of her most exciting experiences was on an archeology dig in the Nashville area, where they found a juvenile Mastodon tooth!
After several years of field work, Courtney decided to put down roots and returned to Knoxville to study law at the University of Tennessee College of Law. After attending an elder law course, she knew she had found her passion. She gained practical, hands-on experience in the UT Wills and Conservatorship clinics taught by Knoxville estate planning and elder law attorneys. The UT College of Law awarded Courtney with the Transactional Clinic Student Attorney Award.
Courtney is dedicated to the practice of elder law, and she is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to prepare and present claims for veterans before the VA. She enjoys getting to know her clients and their families, drafting estate planning documents, and problem-solving needs that arise as clients navigate the elder care continuum. Courtney serves on the board of directors of the East Tennessee Community Design Center (ETCDC). She shares her 1940s Fountain City home with a thirteen-year-old kitty, Jenny, and she enjoys gardening, cooking, reading and an occasional game of tennis.