Courtney D. Carter Partner

Phone: (312) 634-1263
Fax: (312) 460-8299
Assistant Name: Cherie Emling
Assistant Phone: (312) 458-1600
Courtney's practice focuses primarily on defending toxic tort claims in state and federal courts throughout the United States on behalf of Fortune 500 companies. Courtney has also successfully litigated commercial claims on behalf of businesses and individuals.

Courtney's practice at CYP is concentrated in litigation arising out of the production, transportation, storage and handling of industrial and consumer chemical products. In most of these cases, the common element is that the plaintiffs are alleged to have developed some form of cancer as a result of their exposure to a chemical. She has been a member of toxic tort trial teams in state and federal courts across the country and has successfully defended against toxic tort claims at all stages of litigation from initial pleadings and discovery to motions for summary judgment and trial. Courtney works closely with our clients to advise them of the facts and evidence presented in each matter to ensure the most cost-effective case plan which will result in the best outcomes for the client.

In addition to being a skilled civil litigator, Courtney brings extensive appellate experience to the table to assist with developing the record in the trial court to preserve any appellate issues. Courtney has several reported appellate cases to her credit. She has briefed and argued cases before Illinois Appellate Courts, the Illinois Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, including an en banc oral argument in Gardner v. Barnett, 199 F.3d 915 (7th Cir. 1999).

Courtney graduated from the University of Maryland in 1991 and received her J.D. from Northern Illinois University College of Law in 1997. Courtney joined Chilton Yambert Porter in 2007 and was elected partner in 2009.

Leading Lawyers Awards

Courtney D.
Peer Selected 2024

Practice Areas

Appellate & Legal Issues, Commercial Litigation, General Negligence, Toxic Tort Law

Bar Admissions

  • State of Illinois (1997)
  • State of Missouri (2024)
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois (1999)
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2001)


  • J.D., Northern Illinois University College of Law, 1997
  • B.S., University of Maryland, 1991

Professional Affiliations

  • Illinois State Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • Leading Lawyers 2017 through 2023
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