Courtney C. Shytle Partner

Courtney Shytle is an accomplished trial lawyer with more than two decades of experience representing defendants in a variety of types of litigation, including product manufacturers in high-profile individual and class action cases in state and federal court.

As trial counsel, Courtney manages individual, multistate, and class action litigation involving multiple matters and law firms. Her experience includes conducting internal investigations in response to regulatory inquiries and individual and class action matters, developing an appropriate and effective narrative for her client, managing discovery, and preparing corporate witnesses and experts 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.

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 and led the defense of a class action for a major automaker related to consumer and commercial truck diesel fuel systems.

In addition to her work with automotive clients, Courtney has represented numerous product manufacturers in premises liability, toxic torts, and personal injury cases in a variety of litigation settings. She has also represented clients in commercial litigation matters.

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.

Represented a leading automaker in defense of nationwide class action.

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.

Represented client in defense of Lanham Act and Unfair Trade Practices Act claims.

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

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

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Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants 2020, 2021; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, 2021, Woodward/White, Inc.

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