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Courtney Jones Kieffer

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Courtney Jones Kieffer understands the challenges and risks associated with the management of data across the information lifecycle and designs and implements strategic and tactical approaches to help clients strengthen their information governance.

Courtney’s experience in multi-district and multi-party litigation enables her to efficiently manage large data sets in various industries. Courtney’s risk management approach includes subjects such as policy adherence, evolving cyberthreats, and requirements surrounding document retention for regulatory and litigation purposes.

Courtney stays abreast of the latest insights and trends for data privacy, information governance, and cybersecurity threats so she can effectively advise clients on managing their information from data retention, to e-discovery compliance to data destruction.

In addition to data security and information governance, Courtney’s practice focuses on e-discovery, complex litigation, and environmental counseling and litigation. Courtney has experience handling multi-state matters involving agency approvals and environmental matters, including civil enforcement, toxic tort, and property damage claims. Courtney’s background and perspective enable her to efficiently handle matters involving large dockets across diverse businesses.

Courtney serves as Co-Chair of Clark Hill’s BOLD-Dallas, the firm’s initiative to promote women within the firm, the legal profession, and the business community.


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, 1998
B.A., Rice University, Houston, Texas, 1995


Named Texas Super Lawyers’ Rising Star by Thomson Reuters (2006, 2008-2010)


Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court, Barrister (2017-2021)

Dallas Bar Association, Member

Dallas Women Lawyers Association, Member

The Sedona Conference, Working Group 1 on Electronic Document Retention and Production and Working Group 11 on Data Security and Privacy Liability, Member

Rice Alumni Volunteers for Admission, Dallas Alumni Interviewer

Junior League of Dallas, Member

State Bar Licenses


Court Admissions

U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Texas
U.S. District Ct., N.D. of Texas
U.S. District Ct., S.D. of Texas


  • Successfully managed complex cross-jurisdictional discovery docket for electric transmission company seeking numerous local, state, and federal approvals of merger transactions, to ensure extensive discovery was answered accurately, consistently, and timely. Included coordination with outside legal counsel, in-house legal counsel, various client personnel, experts, and representatives of third parties involved with mergers.
  • Defended gasoline retailer in products liability multi-district litigation (MDL) involving numerous jurisdictions and parties. Advised client on complex e-discovery and document management issues that arose in the context of the litigation.
  • Advises clients regarding data management, retention, and destruction policies.
  • Coordinated multi-state docket for a financial institution client, including streamlining case management and ensuring appropriate client satisfaction.
  • Negotiated numerous agreements for access to properties in proximity of environmental releases to facilitate clean-ups.
  • Negotiated successful settlement of litigation alleging personal injury and property damage arising out of release of gasoline from underground storage tank.
  • Regularly advises clients regarding environmental liability provisions in various real estate transactions.



  • Presenter, “Data Privacy and Cybersecurity – An Overview” (October 2023)
  • Presenter, “Data Privacy and Cybersecurity,” Housing Authorities of Texas Symposium (November 3, 2022)
  • Co-presenter, “Incident Response Planning Best Practices and Today’s Threat Landscape,” ISAS Technology Conference (September 2021)
  • Presenter, “Protect Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself – Data Privacy and Security,” Housing Authorities of Texas Symposium (November 2020)