Courtney D. Tedrowe

Partner

Overview

Courtney Tedrowe is an experienced commercial, business and employment litigator.

Courtney has practiced law with Novack and Macey LLP for nearly two decades, representing the interests of business entities in diverse industries, as well as their officers and directors, shareholders, and key employees.  His clients include hedge funds, their founders and valued employees, private equity firms, property managers, major food producers, manufacturers, retailers, and fine art collectors.  While this is not an exhaustive list of Courtney’s clients or their industries, it shows the breadth and depth of Courtney’s commercial practice. Prior to joining Novack and Macey, Courtney was an associate attorney at one of the top law firms in New York in its business litigation group, and was a member of a team that tried a ten-week jury trial in the Eastern District of New York against the five major tobacco companies.  

Courtney’s litigation style has been described by his clients and other attorneys as deliberate, considered, and tenacious.   He prides himself on truly understanding the client’s business and objectives, and being able to present seemingly complex issues in a relatable way to judges and juries.  Following the successful conclusion of a lengthy jury trial, the presiding judge commented that Courtney’s cross-examination of the defendants’ expert witness was “one of the best” that the judge had ever seen.

Courtney was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, but earned his college and advanced degrees in New York and Boston.  Courtney graduated from Cornell Law School in 2000, and lives with his wife and children in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. 

EDUCATION

  • Cornell Law School (J.D. 2000), Cum Laude; symposium editor, Cornell Law Review; recipient, Herbert Reif Prize
  • Boston University (M.A. 1997)
  • Vassar College (B.A. 1992), Cum Laude

Speeches & Publications

  • Author, "Illinois Supreme Court Rules Against Rock Island Wind Energy Project," Energy Alert, October 2017.
  • Author, " Illinois Supreme Court Grants Review in Consequential Wind Power Dispute," Energy Alert, May 2017.
  • Author, Chapter 4, “Minority Stakeholder Rights and Remedies,” Handbook on Disputes Involving Closely Held Companies, published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2015.
  • “No Meeting of the Minds Regarding Agreement to Arbitrate,” Doe v. Vineyard Columbus, Case Note, American Bar Association Section of Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee Website, June 27, 2014. View PDF.
  • “Arbitration provisions: How to draft an effective arbitration clause,”  Smart Business Chicago (July 2013). View PDF.
  • “Federal Procedural Rules Update,” Federal Practice Webcast Series, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (April 11, 2013).
  • “Everything You Wanted to Know About Law Firm Practice Today . . . But Were Afraid To Ask,” Lecturer, Chicago-Kent School of Law (Nov. 29, 2012).
  • “Mitigation of Damages,” an interview in Smart Business Chicago (December 2011). View PDF.
  • “E-Commerce and You,” an interview in Smart Business Chicago (August 2010). View PDF.
  • “Conceptual Severance and Takings in the Federal Circuit,” 85 Cornell L. Rev. 586 (2000).

Representative Cases

Labor and Employment:

  • Defended a major food producer in Fair Labor Standards Act and Illinois Minimum Wage Law collective and class actions.  The producer won on summary judgment, and the judgment was affirmed on appeal.
  • Represented the former CEO of a Chicago food producer in her suit against the company for breach of a settlement agreement.  The CEO won on summary judgment, and the company did not appeal.  
  • Successfully represented the former CEO of a construction company in his suit to force the company to comply with the stock buy-out provisions of a shareholders agreement.  
  • Successfully represented a Chicago-based hedge fund in claims for breach of contract and fraud.
  • Defended the founder of a hedge fund against claims for breach of contract brought by his former partner.
  • Defended a manufacturer against claims for age and pregnancy discrimination. 
  • Courtney regularly counsels employers, regarding their potential rights and liabilities arising from restrictive covenants signed by their employees, former employees, and prospective employees.

Real Estate:

  • Represented the owner of a hotel in downtown Chicago in connection with a dispute over payment for the construction of a multi-million dollar parking garage.  
  • Represented a regional property management company in its suit for tortious interference with ten of its property management agreements.  The property manager won after a three-week jury trial.
  • Represented the landlord of a downtown Chicago office building in a lease dispute with one of its anchor tenants regarding the tenant’s alleged overpayment of operating expenses.

Trade Secrets:

  • Successfully defended a New York-based private equity firm against claims arising from the sale of one of the firm’s portfolio companies.  The plaintiff alleged that the sale price of the company had been wrongfully inflated through the use of allegedly misappropriated trade secrets.  All such claims were dismissed.
  • Successfully defended a technology firm against claims for misappropriation of trade secrets.  The lawsuit resolved without the firm having to pay anything to the plaintiff.

Other Business Disputes:

  • Represented a New York-based private equity firm against a German equipment manufacturer, which had refused to return a multimillion dollar deposit upon termination of a supply contract. After successfully establishing jurisdiction over the German company in Illinois, the case was favorably resolved before any significant litigation had commenced. 
  • Represented the operator of a data center in claims arising from the catastrophic breakdown of essential power equipment.  
  • Obtained favorable settlements for five former clients of a securities broker who misappropriated over $100 million from several dozen of his clients, while misrepresenting that their accounts had grown to approximately $275 million in value.
  • Successfully defended a major international retailer in an arbitration against a breach of contract claim brought a Chinese manufacturer.