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Courtney Giles

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Courtney Giles is an associate in Baker McKenzie's Houston office. Courtney is a member of the Houston office’s Pro Bono Committee and actively involved in Baker McKenzie’s pro bono efforts, including the Children’s Rights Summit. Courtney is also a member of the Order of the Barons and Order of the Barristers.

Practice Focus

Courtney routinely represents clients across many industries in state and federal court proceedings as well as domestic and international arbitration. Her practice focuses on contractual disputes and business torts in the energy and manufacturing industries.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represented global supplier of industrial equipment in ICC English law arbitration stemming from breach of joint venture agreement, securing a USD 45 million award for the client.

  • Represented a publicly traded company in an ICC French law arbitration involving post-closing adjustment and indemnity disputes arising out of an acquisition worth over USD 300 million.

  • Represented a major international oil company as claimant in a CPR arbitration to enforce an indemnity obligation owed in the wake of a fatal explosion in a refinery that had been sold to the opposing party.

  • Represented an international research and consulting company for the oil and gas industry in a breach of contract and false advertising dispute in federal court, resulting in a favorable jury verdict for the client.

  • Represented administrative agent and first lien lender in the Linn Energy and Berry Petroleum chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.

  • Represented administrative agent and first lien lender in the Azure Midstream Partners, LP chapter 11 bankruptcy case.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Houston Bar Association – Member
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association – Member
  • Women’s Energy Network – Member

Corporate Responsibility

Courtney is an active member of the Pro Bono Committee and projects relating to children’s rights, including the Homeless Youth Handbook and Children’s Rights Summit. Courtney’s proudest pro bono moment is when she and a small team won asylum for a mother and child fleeing from persecution


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit~United States (2018)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas~United States (2016)
  • Texas~United States (2015)


  • University of Houston Law Center (JD, cum laude) (2015)
  • University of Missouri (Bachelor of Journalism, magna cum laude) (2010)

Author, "Balancing the Breach: Data Privacy Laws in the Wake of the NSA Revelations," Houston Journal of International Law, 2015

Arbitration Research Scholar, "AAA Yearbook on Arbitration & the Law," American Arbitration Association, 2015