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 of Novack and Macey attorneys who obtained a complete victory for the owner of a poultry processing plant, who had been accused in a putative class action of failing to pay overtime as required under the United States Fair Labor Standards Act (the “FLSA”) and the Illinois Minimum Wage Law (the “IMWL”). The plaintiffs, unionized poultry processors, alleged that the owner had failed to pay for the time they spent changing protective clothing before and after their shifts and during meal breaks, and brought individual claims under the FLSA and a putative class action under the IMWL. In an earlier split decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed entry of summary judgment in favor of the owner, finding that the FLSA and IMWL do not require the claimed compensation. The plaintiffs petitioned for a rehearing of their appeal by the entire Court, en banc. After briefing, Novack and Macey succeeded in convincing a majority of the Court to deny that request. The final vote was 6-4, and the process led to what Judge Posner described as a “rare” published dissent from the denial and a “virtually unheard of” concurrence in response to the dissent. Link to opinions.
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:
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 serves as Chairman of the 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.