Courtney Knox

Regional Partner

courtney knoxCourtney Knox said having an empathetic personality is necessary for a divorce lawyer when dealing with people going through a very traumatic event in their lives.

“However, it’s not just being empathetic and understanding,” she said. “It’s also about trying to introduce levity into their situation because if they are doom and gloom all the time it’s going to be so much harder for them to get through it.”

Ms. Knox said she tries to pull her clients away from the emotion as much as possible so they can see their case from an outside perspective.

During her time as a Support Hearing Officer, Ms. Knox found it appalling how many people were unprepared going into support hearings just thinking someone else was going to do the work for them.

“There are so many nuances that help you tweak things in your favor, and that experience really opened my eyes to the possibilities that were there in regards to arguing support,” Ms. Knox said.

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Knox is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

Education

Ms. Knox graduated from American University with a degree in justice and a minor in psychology. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law as well as her Masters of Public and International Affairs (MPIA) in Security and Intelligence Studies.

While at law school Ms. Knox served as vice president of the Student Bar Association as well as a member of the Pitt Legal Income Sharing Foundation.

Professional Experience

After law school, Ms. Knox began a judicial clerkship with the Honorable John M. Cascio, the Honorable David C. Klementik and the Honorable D. Gregory Geary of the Court of Common Pleas of Sommerset County, Pennsylvania. During her clerkship she performed legal research for the judges on a variety of legal issues including family law. She also served as an interim Support Hearing Officer.

Since her clerkship, Ms. Knox has focused her practice in the areas of family law and domestic relations.

Associations

She currently is a member of the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Associations.

Awards

Ms. Knox was recognized in 2014-16 as a Pennsylvania Rising Star in the family law practice area by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service of outstanding lawyers.

In 2016, Ms. Knox was named to The National Advocates Top 40 under 40 list. The list is a professional organization comprised of America’s top young attorneys who take pride in guiding individuals and families that need an advocate on their side in the American legal system.

The National Advocates

In 2016, the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys named Ms. Knox one of the 10 Best Family Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in Pennsylvania.

10 Best 2016 FLA

Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

Ms. Knox has been a featured speaker at Cordell & Cordell divorce seminars and educates fellow attorneys on tax issues in family law.

Watch Ms. Knox’s lecture, presented with Scott Trout, from Cordell & Cordell’s 2016 Continuing Legal Education seminar on “Family Law Update 2015 Case Law.”

Ms. Knox was quoted in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about Cordell & Cordell’s focus on representing men in divorce cases.