Carter Arnett

Courtney Barksdale Perez



Contact Information

T: 214.550.5052
F: 214.550.8185


Practice Areas

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Business Litigation

  • Complex Commercial Litigation

  • Employment Litigation

  • Governmental Liability

  • Trade Secret and Non-Compete Litigation


The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, 2007
Juris Doctor

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 2004
B.A., Political Science & Communication With Honors

Mediation Credentials

Dispute Resolution Services of North Texas, Inc. Basic Mediation Training (40 Hours)


  • Texas

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas


Courtney Barksdale Perez


Courtney Barksdale Perez is a partner at Carter Arnett. Courtney has a vast array of civil litigation experience having tried cases to jury in state and federal court. She has represented plaintiffs and defendants in employment-related claims, civil 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.

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 also has experience advising government contractors concerning their obligations under federal contract compliance laws, developing compliance programs, drafting Affirmative Action plans and representing government contractors in administrative proceedings.

In addition, Courtney is a trained mediator and uses her dispute resolution training and experience to assist litigants in resolving employment, business, commercial, consumer, personal injury and civil rights disputes.

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.

Honors and Distinctions:

  • Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2013

  • Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers® Rising Stars (Texas) Up-and-Coming 50 Women, 2017, 2018

  • Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers® Rising Stars (Texas) Up-and-Coming 100, 2017, 2018

  • D Magazine Best Lawyers Under 40, 2018, 2019

  • D Magazine Best Lawyers in Dallas, 2017, 2018, 2019

  • Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers® Rising Stars (Texas), 2013-2017

  • Texas Young Lawyers Association President’s Award, 2016-2017, 2017-2018

  • Texas Young Lawyers Association Outstanding Director Award, 2015-2016

Professional Associations and Community Involvement: 

  • State Bar of Texas

    • Chair, Texas Young Lawyers Association

    • Member, State Bar CLE Committee

    • Graduate, Leadership SBOT

  • Dallas Bar Association

    • Board of Directors, 2013-2015

    • Business Litigation Section Council Member, 2012

    • Membership and Admissions Committee, Chair, 2014

    • Minority Participation Committee, Co-chair, 2012

  • Judge Patrick A. Higginbotham Inn of Court, Barrister, 2013-2016

  • J.L. Turner Legal Association, Member

  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Member

  • Dallas Children’s Theater, Member, Board of Trustees, 2013-2015

  • Theatre Arlington, Member, Board of Trustees, 2019

Published Works and Speaking Engagements: 

  • “Texas Supreme Court Update” Texas Center for the Judiciary Regional Conferences, April & May 2019 

  • “Sexual Harassment Claims in the #MeToo Era” Texas Bar CLE Soaking Up Some CLE Course, May 2019

  • “Retaliation 101” Texas Bar CLE Employment Law 101, January 2019

  • “Medical Residents at the Center of a Circuit Split: Title IX and Title VII in the Era of #MeToo Claims” ABA Labor & Employment Law Section Newsletter, Summer 2018

  • “Joint Employer Issues” Business Law & Corporate Counsel Section CLE, June 2018

  • “Natural Disasters: Lessons Learned” 40th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute, May 2018

  • “Retaliation Claims and Whistleblowing” Texas Bar CLE Employment Law 101 Course, January 2018

  • “Non-compete Case Update” Texas Bar CLE Essentials of Business Law Course, March 2017

  • “Procedural Rules You May Not Know, But Should” Dallas Bar Association Bench Bar Conference, September 2016

  • “Responsible Third Parties and Settling Parties: Overview and Recent Cases” Texas Bar CLE Advanced Personal Injury Course, July 2015

  • “Social Media and the Public Employer: Lessons from the Private Sector” Dallas City Attorney’s Office In-House CLE, June 2015

  • “What Employers Can Expect When Their Employees Are Expecting” Society for Human Resource Management National Employment Law & Legislative Conference, March 2015

  • “What You Need to Know About Young v. UPSand the Rights of Pregnant Workers” Dallas. Bar Association Headnotes, January 2015

  • “Gender, Pregnancy and Caregiver Discrimination Law: You’ve Come a Long Way Baby!” Advocate, The Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas, Winter 2014