Courtney Barksdale Perez is a partner at Carter Arnett. Courtney has a vast array of litigation experience having tried cases to jury in state and federal court. She has represented plaintiffs and defendants in employment-related claims, complex commercial disputes involving allegations of fraud, negligence, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of covenants not to compete, tortious interference with contracts, civil conspiracy, antitrust and in intellectual property disputes alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, trademark infringement, and patent infringement. In addition, Courtney is a trained mediator and assists litigants in resolving employment, business, commercial, consumer, personal injury and civil rights disputes.
Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law, Courtney has specialized knowledge representing individuals, corporations, and government entities in all phases of commercial and employment-related litigation from the risk-management phase through trial and on appeal. Courtney regularly advises clients concerning compliance with employment-related statutes and has served as lead counsel in cases involving claims asserted under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Federal Labor Standards Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the Texas Whistleblower Act, the Texas Payday Act, the Texas Labor Code and employment agreements. She also conducts internal investigations, reviews and prepares policies and procedures, and provides training for employers.
Courtney is a frequent author and speaker on topics involving her subject-matter expertise as well as issues surrounding diversity, inclusion, equity and wellness in the profession.
Prior to joining Carter Arnett, Courtney was an associate at an international law firm and served as Law Clerk to the Honorable James A. Beaty, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.
- Dispute Resolution Services of North Texas, Inc. Basic Mediation Training (40 Hours)