Courtney Campbell, Esq.
I graduated cum laude from Wellesley College with a double major in English and Spanish. I then attended Boston College Law School, where I was Senior Note Editor of, and published in, the International and Comparative Law Review.
- New York
- U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
- 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals
- 2007 Wellesley College, B.A. English and Spanish cum laude
- 2010 Boston College Law School, J.D. International & Comparative Law Review
- 2016 Columbia University MFA
When I was in the third grade, my teacher chose me to debate a classmate on whether or not we should, in fact, free Willy, the whale from the very popular (at the time) movie Free Willy. Like all kids, I really wanted to release Willy from Sea World, but my teacher had me debate the opposite side – to argue that Willy should be kept in captivity. I was really upset because it was not a cool point of view. Anyway, I won the argument. I realized then that no issue is all black or all white, unlike Willy. The truth lies in nuance and whoever best understands and capitalizes on the nuance wins the argument.
I’m in the Legal (Motions) Department. Sobo & Sobo is unique in being able to offer its clients attorneys that specialize in writing motions because motions take time, intense attention to detail, and a good deal of ingenuity. Motions are the way the attorney can take the client’s story directly to the court, and with skill, convince the court that the client should receive what he or she wants and deserves.
Early in my career I worked at a large firm for an unpopular foreign government and was at the forefront of writing and researching complex oil and gas matters. I was proud to represent the very American idea that everyone deserves a defense, and I am proud still of the way the team made heads of tails.
I believe in justice, and the courts in this country are the guardians of justice. I also believe in empathy. I think the best attorneys are the most empathetic, the most able to understand their client’s story. When an attorney understands a client, the attorney is able to provide the client the best possible representation.
I approach personal injury motions with energy and empathy. It’s an honor to represent the client before the court and I make sure my work lives up to that honor.
I’m a woman, and before that I was a girl. I’ve had glasses since the first grade, and I always preferred books to playing outside. What I mean is I was never, ever going to win a physical fight. I had to learn to fight another way, and that’s why I’m a good lawyer. Like Atticus Finch says in To Kill a Mockingbird: “You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don’t you let ‘em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change.”