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Courtney Marcelo Norton

Courtney Marcelo Norton

Biography

Courtney Marcelo Norton is a Partner in Rutherford & Christie’s Atlanta office. Her practice focuses on complex civil defense litigation, in both state and federal courts, and she represents clients on a nationwide basis in areas of employment law, aviation litigation, premises liability, construction liability, dram shop litigation, wrongful death and medical malpractice. She has tried cases, to verdict, in state and federal court and has taken cases up to Georgia’s Court of Appeals and Supreme Court and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Courtney received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Georgia Institute of Technology, graduating summa cum laude, with the second highest grade point average in her class. She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgia State University College of Law, graduating in the top 5% of her law school class.

Courtney brings over fifteen years of experience in dispositive motion practice, earning unprecedented wins for her clients through motions for summary judgment, motions to dismiss and strategic expert exclusions under Daubert. Her methodology is to aggressively pursue innovative victories for her clients at the earliest dispositive stages in litigation in order to shut cases down.

She is admitted to practice law in Georgia State and Superior Courts, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Cases

  • Smart v. Palmaccio Management Corp., No. A21A0705 (Ga. Ct. App. Aug. 13, 2021) (affirming summary judgment)
  • Womac v. McDonald’s Restaurants of Georgia, No. A21A1028 (Ga. Ct. App. Aug. 12, 2021) (affirming summary judgment)
  • Stern v. Pettis d/b/a Chick-fil-A of Tifton FSU, 357 Ga. App. 78 (Ga. Ct. App. Aug. 20, 2020) (affirming summary judgment and Daubert exclusion)
  • Abramson v. Timothy Lutheran Church of Woodstock, Inc., A21A0080 (Ga. Ct. App. Aug. 25, 2020) (affirming summary judgment)
  • Spires v. HOA Restaurant Holders, LLC, A20A0667 (Ga. Ct. App. Feb. 1, 2019) (dismissal of appeal and dismissal of underlying action)
  • Greater Hall Temple Church of God v. Southern Mut. Church Ins. Co., 820 Fed. Appx. 915 (11th Cir. 2020) (affirming triple Daubert exclusion)
  • Benjamin v. Am. Airlines, Inc., 32. F. Supp. 3d 1309 (S.D. Ga. 2014) (granting summary judgment)
  • Buice v. Chick-fil-A, Inc., A13A0905 (Ga. Ct. App. Dec. 31, 2012) (affirming summary judgment)
  • Kinsinger-Lignon v. Delta Airlines, Inc., 2012 U.S. LEXIS 66803 (N.D. Ga. 2012) (granting summary judgment)
  • Ortega v. Hooters of America, LLC, No. 2012 L 115 (Ill. State Ct. 16th Dist. 2012) (granting summary judgment)
  • Nicholson v. Dart Container Corp., 602 F. Supp.2d 760 (S.D. Miss. 2008) (granting summary judgment)
  • Traina v. Metro. Life Ins. Co., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110001 (N.D. Ga. 2006) (granting motion to dismiss)
  • Stiltz v. Metro. Life Ins. Co., 2006 U.S. LEXIS 65394 (N.D. Ga. 2006) (granting motion to dismiss)

Education & Bar Admissions

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Georgia State University College of Law, 2004
  • B.S., summa cum laude, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2000
  • Georgia State and Superior Courts
  • Georgia Court of Appeals and Supreme Court
  • United States District Court – Northern and Middle Districts
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Policy Areas

  • Premises Liability
  • Employment
  • Aviation litigation
  • Construction liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Automobile Liability
  • Medical malpractice

Membership

  • Georgia State Bar
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association

Past Seminars and Publications

  • Co-authored the Georgia Chapter on Rescission published by the American Bar Association, Fall 2007
  • Hot Topics in Disability Law, 2004, ALI-ABA
  • ERISA Update, Defense Research Institute, 2005
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Courtney Marcelo Norton

Courtney Marcelo Norton

Biography

Courtney Marcelo Norton is a Partner in Rutherford & Christie’s Atlanta office. Her practice focuses on complex civil defense litigation, in both state and federal courts, and she represents clients on a nationwide basis in areas of employment law, aviation litigation, premises liability, construction liability, dram shop litigation, wrongful death and medical malpractice. She has tried cases, to verdict, in state and federal court and has taken cases up to Georgia’s Court of Appeals and Supreme Court and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Courtney received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Georgia Institute of Technology, graduating summa cum laude, with the second highest grade point average in her class. She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgia State University College of Law, graduating in the top 5% of her law school class.

Courtney brings over fifteen years of experience in dispositive motion practice, earning unprecedented wins for her clients through motions for summary judgment, motions to dismiss and strategic expert exclusions under Daubert. Her methodology is to aggressively pursue innovative victories for her clients at the earliest dispositive stages in litigation in order to shut cases down.

She is admitted to practice law in Georgia State and Superior Courts, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Cases

  • Smart v. Palmaccio Management Corp., No. A21A0705 (Ga. Ct. App. Aug. 13, 2021) (affirming summary judgment)
  • Womac v. McDonald’s Restaurants of Georgia, No. A21A1028 (Ga. Ct. App. Aug. 12, 2021) (affirming summary judgment)
  • Stern v. Pettis d/b/a Chick-fil-A of Tifton FSU, 357 Ga. App. 78 (Ga. Ct. App. Aug. 20, 2020) (affirming summary judgment and Daubert exclusion)
  • Abramson v. Timothy Lutheran Church of Woodstock, Inc., A21A0080 (Ga. Ct. App. Aug. 25, 2020) (affirming summary judgment)
  • Spires v. HOA Restaurant Holders, LLC, A20A0667 (Ga. Ct. App. Feb. 1, 2019) (dismissal of appeal and dismissal of underlying action)
  • Greater Hall Temple Church of God v. Southern Mut. Church Ins. Co., 820 Fed. Appx. 915 (11th Cir. 2020) (affirming triple Daubert exclusion)
  • Benjamin v. Am. Airlines, Inc., 32. F. Supp. 3d 1309 (S.D. Ga. 2014) (granting summary judgment)
  • Buice v. Chick-fil-A, Inc., A13A0905 (Ga. Ct. App. Dec. 31, 2012) (affirming summary judgment)
  • Kinsinger-Lignon v. Delta Airlines, Inc., 2012 U.S. LEXIS 66803 (N.D. Ga. 2012) (granting summary judgment)
  • Ortega v. Hooters of America, LLC, No. 2012 L 115 (Ill. State Ct. 16th Dist. 2012) (granting summary judgment)
  • Nicholson v. Dart Container Corp., 602 F. Supp.2d 760 (S.D. Miss. 2008) (granting summary judgment)
  • Traina v. Metro. Life Ins. Co., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110001 (N.D. Ga. 2006) (granting motion to dismiss)
  • Stiltz v. Metro. Life Ins. Co., 2006 U.S. LEXIS 65394 (N.D. Ga. 2006) (granting motion to dismiss)

Education & Bar Admissions

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Georgia State University College of Law, 2004
  • B.S., summa cum laude, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2000
  • Georgia State and Superior Courts
  • Georgia Court of Appeals and Supreme Court
  • United States District Court – Northern and Middle Districts
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Policy Areas

  • Premises Liability
  • Employment
  • Aviation litigation
  • Construction liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Automobile Liability
  • Medical malpractice

Membership

  • Georgia State Bar
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association

Past Seminars and Publications

  • Co-authored the Georgia Chapter on Rescission published by the American Bar Association, Fall 2007
  • Hot Topics in Disability Law, 2004, ALI-ABA
  • ERISA Update, Defense Research Institute, 2005
  •  

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