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Courtney Schaefer is an experienced trial lawyer representing individual and commercial clients in a broad range of civil, criminal and administrative matters.  She understands the stressful nature of litigation, and clients appreciate her calming, personable nature and grace under pressure. 

Courtney represents national, regional and local corporations, residential and commercial property owners, individuals and families. Drawing from her experience and subject matter expertise, Courtney develops strong legal positions and leverages them in order to resolve disputes early in the litigation process.  Clients appreciate that she takes the time to explain complex legal issues and is always responsive to their questions and concerns.

Employers rely on Courtney’s counsel and courtroom representation in matters concerning employee misconduct, workplace harassment, compensation and leave issues, discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour claims, non-competition and non-solicitation covenants and breach of contract.

In her work with the Shulman Rogers Landlord-Tenant team, Courtney successfully represents clients’ interests in disputes relating to Breach of Commercial Lease Agreements, Rent, Property Damage Claims, Property Contamination and Defects, Maintenance, Breaches, Liability Issues, Evictions and Sub-lease Issues.  Courtney’s proactive advice, particularly with respect to Fair Housing matters, often helps clients avoid costly litigation, state and federal fines and potential damage to their reputation.

In addition to her commercial work, Courtney represents individuals and entities charged by state and federal governments and regulators.  For example, she has represented health care providers in proceedings in both federal and state court, and has defended individuals charged with various crimes in state court. Courtney is frequently recognized for her unique ability to exhibit as much confidence and fortitude as a situation requires, while simultaneously showing a high level of empathy for her clients.

Prior to joining Shulman Rogers, Courtney worked as a trial attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the DOJ Criminal Division, admitted through the Attorney General’s Honors Program, prosecuting international and domestic crimes, including domestic violence, human rights abuses and alien smuggling.  Her time as a federal prosecutor and federal law clerk in the Eastern District of Virginia provided Courtney with significant insight into the workings of the federal court system.

Fluent in Spanish, Courtney was born and raised in Montgomery County, where she continues to reside with her husband and children.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Leadership Montgomery, Board Secretary
  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association, Member
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County, Member
  • Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, 2014
  • Wapner, Newman & Wigrizer Award for Special Promise in Civil Trial Advocacy, 2007


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