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Courtney Rae Ross-Tait

Partner

Biography

Courtney began her career defending complex civil litigation matters, including construction defect actions, employment and trade secret actions, toxic tort, and products liability. Courtney now leads the Firm’s California practice which focuses on all aspects of complex litigation, insurance coverage, regulatory law, compliance, and public policy. She is frequently engaged in matters involving entitlements, land use, coastal development, energy law, CEQA and associated environmental law, Proposition 65, and insurance, behalf of public and private companies, community groups, governmental and quasi-governmental entities, and individuals.

With a background in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, Courtney is uniquely qualified to defend her clients directly against personal injury claims related to pharmaceuticals, toxic exposures, and product defects. She has the expertise required to assess and monitor multi-district litigation involving significant risk exposure to excess layers, and to review and analyze scientific expert reports and data related to litigation, and her environmental and energy law practices.

Over the past decade, Courtney has been instrumental in obtaining significant successes for clients. She was responsible for the permitting and entitlements, both locally and statewide, necessary to redevelop a large coastal parcel governed by the Public Tideland’s Trust Doctrine into one of the first outlet center developments on the coast of California. Courtney was also successful in forming and obtaining regulatory approval on a national level for a Managing General Underwriter in record time. She is heavily involved in both the compliance and litigation aspects of the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”), an environmental law unique to the State of California, as a representative for both Petitioners and Respondents, including legal review and analysis of exemptions, mitigated negative declarations, and full environmental impact reports.

In addition to her practice of law, Courtney is a dedicated member of her community and fierce advocate for the historically underrepresented. She has twice served as Co-Chair for Liberty Hill Foundation’s Change L.A. event which celebrates and honors young philanthropists and young community organizers, spotlighting the contributions of new generations of local social justice visionaries. While preparing her undergraduate dissertation in Washington, D.C. related to favorability ratings of nongovernmental organizations, Courtney interned at Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (“PFLAG”), increasing accessibility and outreach to its over 350 chapters nationwide. Courtney has consulted for political candidates, community groups, businesses, and other non-governmental organizations in strategy and fundraising.

Education

  • J.D., Concord School of Law at Purdue University Global, Los Angeles
  • B.S., University of California, Santa Barbara

Bar Admissions

California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court – Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of California