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Courtney Smith • Of Counsel

Ogletree Deakins • Austin, Texas

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Ogletree Deakins
301 Congress Avenue
Suite 1250
Austin, Texas 78701
phone 512.344.4700
fax  512.344.4701


Ms. Smith represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including litigation and counseling.  Ms. Smith is licensed in both Texas and California. Ms. Smith’s experience includes the following: <li>Representing employers in all aspects of litigation, including lawsuits for harassment and discrimination, wrongful termination, breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, retaliation, defamation, wage disputes, and virtually any other subject involving the employer-employee relationship. <li>Representing employers in wage-and-hour class actions ranging from 30 to thousands of employees, with primary responsibility for investigating claims, calculating liability, negotiating settlements, obtaining court approval of class settlements, and overseeing settlement administration. Issues litigated include employee misclassification, off-the-clock work, unpaid business expenses, unpaid overtime, and missed meal and rest periods.
Advising employers on the full array of employment-related issues, including terminations, hiring, discipline, reasonable accommodations, FMLA compliance, wage-and-hour compliance, proper classification of employees as exempt/non-exempt, internal investigations, the WARN Act, commission disputes, disparate treatment, and other issues arising in the workplace. <li>
Reviewing and creating employee handbooks and policies of all types.
Served “on loan” as in-house litigation counsel to international food company. <li>
Served “on loan” as in-house employment counsel to major studio/entertainment company.Ms. Smith practiced employment law and litigation for eight years in California prior to settling in Texas.


  • College: B.A., summa cum laude, Texas A&M University, 1996
  • Law School: J.D., with honors, University of Texas School of Law, 1999

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State Bar of Texas, U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas, State Bar of California, U.S. District Court, Central, Southern and Eastern Districts of California
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