Overview

Courtney Lawrence advises food industry clients ranging from e-commerce startups to industry-leading Fortune 100 companies on litigation, regulatory, commercial and transactional matters. She practices with the firm’s food litigation and regulatory team, which is nationally ranked by Chambers USA.

Litigation Matters

Courtney represents food manufacturers, distributors and retailers in litigation arising from recalls and foodborne illness outbreaks, consumer fraud class actions, and commercial and supply chain disputes. She is experienced in all stages of litigation, from analyzing substantive and procedural issues to developing an effective litigation strategy, to assisting at trial, to appellate briefing.

Regulatory Matters

Courtney advises food, dietary supplement and consumer product industry clients on regulatory compliance. She helps clients evaluate risks and implement solutions consistent with their unique business interests, goals and risk profiles. 

Courtney advises on:
  • Labeling and marketing review and substantiation
  • Risk management of consumer and competitor actions
  • Managing foodborne illness outbreaks, recalls, inspections and regulatory enforcement actions by FDA and USDA
  • Conducting brand-wide labeling audits
  • Federal, state and local licensing requirements 
  • Regulatory compliance issues when entering foreign markets
  • Compliance with menu labeling regulations
  • Developing policies, procedures and manuals, such as recall policies and SOPs
  • Compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

Commercial Matters

Courtney drafts and negotiates supply chain agreements and other contracts for food industry clients. She applies her litigation and regulatory experience to ensure clients’ contracts address the unique risks and issues facing the industry, such as compliance with food-related laws and regulations, marketing risks, and recalls.

Transactional Matters

Courtney advises on domestic and foreign food-related compliance issues in mergers and acquisitions involving food companies.

In-House Experience

During law school, Courtney worked in the in-house law department of an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Minnesota

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Education

Mitchell Hamline School of Law
J.D. summa cum laude, William Mitchell Law Review, Editor (2012)

University of Minnesota
B.A. Political Science (2008)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Menu Labeling and Other Food Labeling Laws: What Do We Have a Right to Know and Does It Matter?
    Minnesota State Bar Association CLE, December 2017
  • Planning for Litigation in the Midst of a Recall
    ABA - Women of the Section of Litigation National Conference, November 2014
  • Tort Law Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium, Minnesota Chapter
    Contributing Author, 2013-15
  • Toxic Tort Litigation (Second Edition)
    Contributing Author, 2013
  • Defending Pesticide Litigation
    Contributing Author, 2013, 2018
  • Risky Proposition: California's Prop 65 Opened the Floodgates to Lawsuits against Food Companies
    Co-author, Food and Drink, Fall 2013

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • The Advocates for Human Rights — Asylum assistance
  • Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota — DACA applications
  • Faegre Baker Daniels Africa Advocacy Project — Assisted with shadow report submissions to United Nations committees

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, 2012-present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association – Food, Drug and Device Law Section, Board and Council Member, 2012-present
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers – Program Committee, 2012-present
  • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice — Young Lawyers Group, 2017-present

Civic Activities

  • The LEAD Project — Board of Directors 
  • The Fund for Legal Aid — Board Member and Executive Committee, 2016-present
  • Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid — Associates' One Hour of Sharing Campaign, 2012-present (Co-Lead Chair, 2016-present)

Honors

  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Rising Stars, 2018 
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2012-present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association – North Star Lawyer, 2012-present
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