Courtney L. Connor is an Associate in Wicker Smith’s Jacksonville office where she focuses her practice on matters involving civil litigation, commercial litigation, construction, insurance agent errors, insurance coverage & bad faith, labor & employment, medical malpractice, nursing home & assisted living, premises liability, product liability and professional liability.
In 2008, Ms. Connor earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Bay Path University, graduating magna cum laude. She went on to obtain her Master’s Degree in Safety, Security, and Emergency Management in 2014 from Easter Kentucky University, graduating summa cum laude. In 2012, Ms. Connor successfully developed and copyrighted a planning methodology for Emergency Response Plans. A prominent museum in Massachusetts achieved national accreditation upon adopting her plan. Ms. Connor continued her studies and earned a Juris Doctor in 2017 from Florida Coastal School of Law. While in law school, she received book awards for top performance in Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, and the Caribbean Law Clinic. She was also an active member of Mock Trial and was invited to be a Teaching Assistant for both Objective and Persuasive Legal Writing. Ms. Connor also simultaneously worked at a local law firm as a law clerk in the areas of education and criminal law during law school, and also interned for Senior District Judge Harvey Schlesinger at the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Prior to law school, Ms. Connor worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She managed an office of approximately 44 special agents and task force personnel, coordinated FBI Boston’s Crisis Negotiation Training seminars, and led tactical communications for FBI SWAT operations. In recognition of her expertise in emergency management, Ms. Connor was requested to assist command post operations in Washington, D.C. during the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. She was also asked to assist the investigation of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing and was awarded Boston’s Award of Excellence for her efforts. Before her departure, she developed and published the Interagency Planning Guide for Special Events for the FBI’s Crisis Management Unit, which is currently being used by local, state, and federal law enforcement.
Ms. Connor was admitted to practice in Florida in 2017 and is an active member of the Florida Bar – Young Lawyers Division and the Jacksonville Bar Association. She is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the District of Columbia, and New York State.