Courtney Devon Taylor has built a reputation for skillfully and strategically navigating high-stakes disputes – while building client trust, helping clients tell their stories, and minimizing negative impact on business and reputation. A lawyer who truly loves practicing law and working with all types of people, she is the lawyer of choice for a growing number of companies.

Courtney regularly represents financial institutions in commercial litigation and regulatory enforcement matters. She has experience representing foreign- and U.S.-based companies in securities class action defense, shareholder derivative suits, M&A-related litigation, and litigation emanating from other transactions involving contests for corporate control. Courtney also joins the firm's Sports, Media & Entertainment team, as she represents various entities within the sports sector.

Before joining Hogan Lovells, Courtney was a partner at another firm, where she served as the Vice-Chair of the Securities Litigation practice group. She started her career as a litigation associate in the New York headquarters of an international law firm.

Awards and recognitions


Women of Distinction Award
Philadelphia Business Journal


Under 40 Hot List
Benchmark Litigation

Education and admissions


J.D., Emory University School of Law, with honors, Kessler-Eidson Trial Techniques Scholar, American Law Institute – American Bar Association Scholarship and Leadership Award, 2008

B.A., Government, Wesleyan University, 2005


SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society

University of Pennsylvania Inn of Court

The Forum of Executive Women

Philadelphia Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications


New York

New Jersey

Court admissions

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Representative experience

FINRA trial: Secured full defense verdict for clients against claims of fraud and unsuitability by issuing promissory notes without proper disclosures and misrepresenting assets of owner and company.*

Close corporation shareholder dispute: Successfully defended company and president / shareholder in derivative action alleging claims of breach of fiduciary duty.*

Fallout from US$3.6bn merger: Defended executive and board member against securities class action by investors claiming – among other things – the deal undervalued the target company.*

32.5% drop in stock price: Defended foreign energy company against securities class action with allegations of improper accounting, misrepresentation, and inflation of earnings.*

Employment discrimination trial: Successfully defended the School District of Philadelphia against claims of ADA and FMLA violations brought by employee.*

Four-day, federal jury trial: Sole counsel and court-appointed attorney on civil rights litigation on behalf of a prisoner.*

Hedge fund preferred shareholder dispute: Secured victory for preferred shareholder in claims for breach of share purchase agreement centering around the definition of "securities."*

King's Bench proceeding: Successfully defended District Attorney's Office against petition seeking disqualification for alleged conflict of interest in defending the conviction of Mumia Abu-Jamal.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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