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. Her experience includes guiding publicly-traded and private companies in the consumer products, energy, and retail sectors through complex civil litigation, including class actions, multi-state pattern litigation, business and contract disputes, business torts, product liability, premises liability, toxic torts, and internal investigations 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.

Courtney is admitted to practice in both North Carolina and South Carolina. 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.


Representation and defense of energy company in high-exposure premises liability case.

Representation and defense of product manufacturer in state and nationwide class actions alleging a defect in company’s flagship product.

Representation and defense of product manufacturer in creation of bankruptcy trust and trust distribution processes; ongoing representation advising Trust and client on claim process and related technical issues.

Representation and defense of automotive manufacturer in all aspects of defense of Takata inflator litigation.

Representation and defense of retail business against Lanham Act and Unfair Trade Practices Act claims.

Representation of professional consultant in breach of contract matter.

Representation of construction business in copyright-related and breach of contract action.

Representation and defense of American multinational retail corporation in a premises liability/sexual assault case that garnered national media exposure.

Representation and defense of global automaker in unintended acceleration litigation, both in multidistrict litigation and individual matters.

  • 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 2020-2022; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, 2021-2022, Woodward/White, Inc.

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