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Courtney D. Tedrowe

Courtney D. Tedrowe: Attorney - Novack & Macey











  • Business Torts
  • Closely Held Corporations
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Governance
  • Energy Disputes
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Restrictive Covenants and Covenants Not to Compete
  • Trade Secrets


Courtney Tedrowe is an experienced commercial, business and employment litigator.  He has practiced at Novack and Macey LLP for over a decade.  Prior to joining Novack and Macey Courtney practiced at Dewey Ballantine LLP in New York.

Courtney’s litigation style has been described by clients and other litigators as “deliberate and considered,” and “confident and tenacious.”  He radiates calm and focus even under the most demanding situations, and especially at trial, and is known for his ability to distill and clarify complex mechanical and technological issues for the judge and jury.  Most recently, after the conclusion of a three-week jury trial, the presiding judge commented that Courtney’s cross-examination of the defendants’ expert witness was “one of the best” he had ever seen.

Courtney represents businesses and their officers, directors, members, partners and shareholders in their commercial and employment disputes.  Courtney’s clients span a broad range of industries, and include hedge funds, property managers, manufacturers, retailers, restaurant franchisors and REITs, among others.  Courtney’s practice includes representing clients in connection with corporate governance and fiduciary obligations, trade secret protection, breach of contract claims and assorted business torts.

Recently, Courtney was part of a team that won summary judgment for a major poultry processor in the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiffs in the case, a group of former employees sued their employer under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and under the Illinois Minimum Wage Law (“IMWL”), claiming that they were entitled to back pay for time spent donning and doffing work-related clothing, walking to and from their workstations, and doing other activities while off the clock.  In addition to asserting their individual claims, the plaintiffs attempted to bring the IMWL claim as a class action on behalf of all other similarly situated employees. After successfully convincing the Court not to allow the plaintiffs to take discovery,  Courtney and the Novack and Macey team won summary judgment for the employer, and the Court entered judgment on all of the plaintiffs’ claims. Link to Opinion.

Courtney recognizes each case has its own unique characteristics, and he focuses on using the most effective and efficient tactics available, whether that is a negotiated resolution, mediation, arbitration or trial. In the past two years, Courtney has helped clients obtain:

  • An $8 million judgment in a stock buy-out suit for the former CEO of a construction company, which judgment was affirmed on appeal
  • A jury verdict for a property management company, after a three week trial, for tortious interference with ten property management agreements
  • A successful defense of a major international retailer in an arbitration against a Chinese shoe manufacturer
  • A favorable settlement of breach of contract and fraud claims on behalf of a Chicago-based hedge fund
  • A favorable settlement after mediation of breach of a limited liability company agreement brought by a defunct hedge fund against one of its former founders

Courtney lectures on litigation-related topics including, most recently, at Chicago-Kent School of Law and the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education.  He is a member of the Founders’ Council of the Field Museum of Natural History, and sits on the Advisory Board of the Lawndale Christian Legal Center, a not-for-profit serving the legal needs of low-income youth in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago.


  • Vassar College (B.A. 1992), Cum Laude
  • Boston University (M.A. 1997)
  • Cornell Law School (J.D. 2000), Cum Laude; symposium editor, Cornell Law Review; Herbert Reif Prize


  • Illinois
  • New York
  • Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


  • “Arbitration provisions: How to draft an effective arbitration clause,”  Smart Business Chicago (July 2013). Link.
  • “Federal Procedural Rules Update,” Federal Practice Webcast Series, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (April 11, 2013).
  • “Everything You Wanted to Know About Law Firm Practice Today . . . But Were Afraid To Ask,” Lecturer, Chicago-Kent School of Law (Nov. 29, 2012).
  • “Mitigation of Damages,” an interview in Smart Business Chicago (December 2011). Link.
  • “E-Commerce and You,” an interview in Smart Business Chicago (August 2010). Link.
  • “Conceptual Severance and Takings in the Federal Circuit,” 85 Cornell L. Rev. 586 (2000).


  • Trans Helicopter Service v. Jet Support Services, Inc., No. 03 C 0498, 2004 WL 725700 (N.D. Ill. Mar 30, 2004).  Read more.
  • European Dairy Ingredients, b.v., v. JLS International Foods, Inc., No. 02 5700 (N.D.Ill. 2002).  Read more.


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