Courtney Black is counsel to Hueston Hennigan LLP and serves as the firm’s Pro Bono Coordinator. Ms. Black is an experienced trial lawyer who has served as lead or co-lead counsel in numerous civil and criminal cases in the federal and state courts of California, New York, New Jersey and Illinois.
Among other notable victories, Ms. Black won an acquittal as co-lead trial counsel in a murder case in which she developed exculpatory DNA and other evidence, and secured several significant civil rights settlements, including one in the midst of a month-long federal jury trial that included a seven-figure monetary recovery and mandatory retraining of two police departments.
Ms. Black maintains an active and varied pro bono practice, which has included juvenile immigration asylum cases, section 1983 civil rights litigation, children’s rights claims, and other matters. Among other pro bono victories, Ms. Black has obtained asylum for numerous juvenile immigrants who fled sexual abuse, child abuse and gang violence in their native countries. She also volunteered extensively with the U.S. District Court pro se clinic in Los Angeles, for which she was recognized by the judges of the Central District of California.
As the firm’s Pro Bono Coordinator, Ms. Black supervises and supports Hueston Hennigan’s pro bono advocacy, serves as the firm’s primary point of contact with legal services organizations, and carries an active caseload of pro bono matters as counsel of record.