Courtney E. Ward-Reichard

Special Counsel

Courtney brings value to every step of the legal process—from document collection, to review, to analysis, and presentation. She thrives on digging into the facts of a case, investigating claims through witness interviews and document analysis, and then translating that data into a coherent story for trial.

Courtney’s clients describe her as efficient, organized, level-headed, and always having their best interests in mind. She is responsive and an excellent team leader, and has been a key player on many national-level trial teams.

When not digging into a set of facts, you can find Courtney watching and helping her daughters’ competitive synchronized swimming team, as she has also become a certified judge to help the team at meets. Courtney is passionate about education, and devotes time to two non-profit organizations: the Middleton Education Foundation and the Minnesota Urban Debate League.

  • Key Practice and Industry Experience
  • Representative Matters
  • Recognitions and Honors
  • Publications and Presentations
  • Community Involvement

Key Practice Experience

Key Industry Experience

  • Manufacturing
  • Financial Services

Representative Matters

  • Nationwide lead paint cases: Rhode Island, Wisconsin, California, New York, Missouri, Ohio
  • National coordinating counsel, trace benzene cases
  • Nationwide race discrimination class action litigation
  • Nationwide Fair Labor Standards Act class Action litigation

Recognitions and Honors

  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Rated Preeminent
  • Rising Star in the Legal Profession, Minnesota Law & Politics

Publications and Presentations

  • Implications of Perez v. Air & Liquid Systems for Post-Daimler Personal Jurisdiction, American Bar Association Mass Torts Litigation Section Newsletter, Spring 2017 (co-authored with Jordon Greenlee)
  • Preparation for Minnesota Federal and State Discovery Conferences: A Practical Approach, William Mitchell Law Review, 2014
  • Jurors in the Age of Google, Minnesota CLE, September 4, 2014
  • Social Media Marketing: A Woman Advocate’s Perspective, ABA Woman Advocate Committee Newsletter, August 29, 2014
  • Bias in the Courtroom: Juror Perceptions of Gender, Hennepin County Bar Association CLE, June 17, 2014
  • You Love It, You Hate It. Now You Have to Live with It: E-Discovery, William Mitchell College of Law CLE, October 4, 2013
  • Social Media in Worker’s Compensation Cases, Wisconsin Bar Association, 37th Annual Worker’s Compensation Update, September 19-20, 2013
  • Twitter Marketing and Networking for Lawyers, ABA Annual Meeting CLE, August 9, 2013
  • Ethical Considerations in the Use of Social Media for Investigations, Fact Gathering, Juror Research and Networking, Wisconsin Practice 411 CLE, November 14, 2012
  • The E-Discovery Meet and Confer Process, Minnesota State Bar Association, November 2, 2012
  • LinkedIn: Best Practices for Marketing Yourself and your Firm, Minnesota Paralegal Association Annual Meeting, May 18, 2013
  • E-Discovery Collaboration Between Clients and Counsel, Minnesota CLE, May 16, 2013
  • Time Management Tips and Techniques, Law Practice Magazine, May/June 2012
  • Editor’s Column, ABA Law Practice Magazine, April/May 2012
  • E-Discovery Collaboration Between Clients and Counsel, ABA Technology for the Litigator Newsletter, Spring 2012
  • Striking the Balance: eDiscovery Collaboration Between Clients and Outside Counsel, CLE Panel Presentation, February 15, 2012
  • Document Retention Policies, Minnesota Women in eDiscovery, August 2011
  • Social Media in Litigation, Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota CLE, May 2011
  • Social Media Workshop, ABA Bar Leadership Institute, March 2011 and March 2012
  • ABA TechShow: Client Collaboration Tools and Website Development, April 2011
  • How Cuts in Court Funding Affect You and Your Clients, Hennepin County Bar Association CLE, November 2010
  • Formaldehyde: The Next Litigation Wheat Field?, Toxics Law Reporter, 2010
  • Denture Cream: Fixodent or Forget It, Class Action Litigation Reporter, October 2009
  • Expanding Your Reach: How to Use Technology to Increase Productivity Outside of the Traditional Office, DRI Webcast, September 22, 2009
  • Using Technology in the Courtroom – How to Be More Effective in Court, Hennepin County Bar Association CLE, April 29, 2009
  • Finding Opportunities to Make a Difference, Minnesota Women Lawyers Journal, Summer 2008
  • Book Review: Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts,Hennepin Lawyer, August 2006
  • The Future of Medical Monitoring Claims in Minnesota, Minnesota Defense, Winter 2002

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association (Law Practice Division, Law Practice Magazine Board, 2011-present; National Conference of Bar Foundations, Board of Trustees, 2008-present, President, 2013-2014; Technology for the Litigator Committee Social Media Chair, 2011-present; Mass Torts Committee Co-Chair, 2011-present)
  • Hennepin County Bar Association (President, 2010-2011; Executive Committee Member, 2007-2012; Board Member, 2005-2012)
  • Hennepin County Bar Foundation (President, 2007-2008; Board Member, 2004-2012)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association (Board of Governors Member, 2008-2011; Public Services Subcommittee Chair, 2009-2011)
  • Wisconsin Bar Association (Law Practice Management Committee, 2011-2012; Communications Committee, 2011-2012)
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (Board Member, 2003-2007; Member of Education Task Force, 2008-2010)

Community Engagement

  • MCPASD Education Foundation (Board Member and Chair, June 2012-present)
  • Minnesota Urban Debate League (Advisory Board President, 2009-2011; Member of Advisory Board, 2008-present)
  • Wells Foundation, Inc. (Vice-President and Member of Board of Directors, 2008-2010)
  • St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (Chair of Development Committee; Chair of Dickens Dinner fundraising event; Co-chair of Capital Campaign)
  • Teaching, William Mitchell College of Law, adjunct legal writing professor, 1995-1997
  • Minnesota Chorale (Board Member, 1995-2001)