Courtney Allen Van Winkle, a partner and attorney at Allen & Allen, has been named to the 2019 inaugural class of “Influential Women of Law” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. The award honors female attorneys and judges for their excellent work on behalf of their clients, their commitment to their communities and their service to their profession.
Courtney is considered a leader both inside and outside of the firm. An assertive attorney, she once fought a case all the way to the Virginia Supreme Court to obtain justice for a 12-year-old client whose insurance company wrongfully denied payments for his medical bills. She was named to Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, in 2019, and has been listed in the Top 5 percent of attorneys in Virginia by Super Lawyers since 2015.
With an emphasis on continued learning and teaching, Courtney has served as the Richmond Chapter President for the Virginia Women Attorneys Association. At Allen & Allen, she currently leads the effort to support the female attorneys through mentorship.
Says Allen & Allen attorney Amy Whitelaw, “The example Courtney set for me when I started in 2015 was invaluable. Women in the law often face a different set of challenges than men, and Courtney taught me how to navigate those challenges with grace. In addition to her willingness to share her experiences and give advice, Courtney is an excellent trial lawyer who truly wants to help people.”
An active member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice, Courtney has lectured on the topic of “Children as Witnesses.” Because of her passion for battling injustice, Courtney helps to lead Allen & Allen’s relationship with the Legal Aid Justice Center, which seeks to solve critical legal problems for individuals and communities.
“I’ve had the privilege of watching her with clients for the past three years, and she makes each client and their family feel listened to and supported,” says Whitelaw. “With that in mind, I’ve modeled nearly everything I do in my practice after her example. While she would much rather be collaborative than combative, Courtney is always prepared to fight for what’s right.”