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

As a trial attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the DOJ Criminal Division, admitted through the Attorney General’s Honors Program, Courtney prosecuted 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.

Drawing from her experience and subject matter expertise, Courtney develops strong legal positions and leverages those positions early in the litigation stage to shrink and eliminate claims in their infancy.  Clients appreciate that Courtney takes the time to explain complex legal issues and is always responsive to their questions and concerns.

Courtney litigates complex civil matters, including fraud, breach of contract and unjust enrichment as well as criminal matters, ranging from drug possession to white collar crimes.  She has been recognized for her carefully crafted courtroom strategy and grace under pressure.  Her clients include individuals and families, national, regional and local corporations, government contractors and residential and commercial property owners.

As part of the Shulman Rogers Landlord-Tenant team, clients can expect Courtney to successfully represent their interests in client 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.

Courtney also works with our Government Contracts group to provide counsel and litigation services to clients involved in contracts with U.S. federal and state government agencies, including subcontractors.  She handles a variety of matters, including bid protests, compliance, and dispute resolution, and uses her strong litigation skills to argue on behalf of clients before the federal courts, the Boards of Contract Appeals, and other administrative tribunals and agencies.

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 Member
  • 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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