Courtney C. Shytle Partner

Courtney Shytle is an accomplished trial lawyer with more than two decades of experience representing leading automakers and consumer goods manufacturers in high-profile cases in state and federal court.

As trial counsel to some of America’s largest car makers, Courtney manages multistate and class action litigation involving multiple matters and law firms. She coordinated a top global automaker’s response to litigation over vehicles equipped with defective Takata airbags, the largest recall in U.S. automotive history.

In addition to her work with automotive clients, Courtney has represented numerous product manufacturers in premises liability, toxic torts and personal injury cases. Through these representations, she has acquired a mastery of product and consumer manufactured goods, including motorcycles, forklifts, and tires, which allows her to create an effective narrative, skillfully manage discovery, and identify experts in order to maximize the ability to recognize and create opportunities to achieve optimal settlements, or to press for resolution through trial on behalf of her clients.

Prior to private practice, Courtney was a law clerk to the Honorable Karen J. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.


Represented a leading automaker in all aspects of the Takata airbag litigation, the largest recall in automotive history in the U.S.

Served as key member of team that defended a global automaker in unintended acceleration litigation, both in individual cases and in multidistrict litigation.

Represented leading automotive manufacturers in cases involving crashworthiness and post collision fuel fed fire; and multiple product manufacturers in asbestos litigation.

Served as key member of team that defended a multinational energy company in a high exposure toxic tort case.

Served as member of a trial team that secured a defense verdict on behalf of an American multinational retail corporation in a premises liability case that garnered national media exposure.

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD, cum laude, Order of the Wig and Robe, Member, South Carolina Law Review, 1994
  • University of South Carolina, BA, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1991

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Defense Research Institute

Member, South Carolina Women Lawyers Association

Member, South Carolina Bar Association

  • South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Woodward/White, Inc., 2020

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