Courtney has nearly 20 years of experience litigating disability claims from both sides of the table. She would be the first to tell you that she only knows about disability law and this would be an accurate reflection of the dedication she has shown to this area of practice from her very first job as a lawyer to founding MK Disability Lawyers.
After graduating from Queen’s Law (2000) and articling at an insurance defence law firm in Toronto, Courtney spent the following several years acting as in-house counsel for major life and health insurance companies (including Canada Life and Manulife), defending long-term disability claims and critical illness and life insurance claims. During this time, Courtney and Leanne Goldstein (also a Partner at MK Disability Lawyers) worked on opposite sides of many cases.
After starting a family and learning that her mother had Fibromyalgia, Courtney sought a role that would allow her to use her legal training, skills and experience to help others suffering medically and financially. In the past ten or so years, Courtney has represented disabled plaintiffs in disability insurance claims against the insurance companies she once worked for. She gained her experience representing disabled plaintiffs at a busy leading disability law firm in Toronto and then founded MK Disability Lawyers with Rupa Karyampudi.
Courtney has extensive experience at all stages of litigation. She prides herself on her kind and compassionate approach with clients and her practical, aggressive-yet-professional approach with the insurance companies. Her approach has served her clients well in their lawsuits and has garnered Courtney a respected reputation amongst both plaintiff and defense lawyers in the disability legal community. Her extensive knowledge and acute sensitivity to the needs of disabled persons, assures clients that they will be well-represented in their cases.
When she is not working for her clients, Courtney enjoys spending time outdoors, whether it be her morning jogs with her dog Stella, travelling to nature-focused destinations or playing anything outdoors with her three children. The best part of Courtney’s day is the early morning, before the chaos of the day ensues. Clients and defense lawyers should not be surprised if their day starts with a 5:00 AM email from Courtney.
Courtney In The Media
- BA (Honors) Environmental Geography, Western University, 1997
- LLB, Queen’s University, 2000
Law Society of Ontario
- Ontario Trial Lawyers Association – Coordinating LTD Settlements
- Action CIND – LTD and Invisible Conditions
- Action CIND – What you need to know about Surveillance in LTD claims
- Toronto Fibromyalgia Support Group – Ins and Outs of Long-Term Disability
- Health Justice Initiative – CPPD Disability Benefits
- Stouffville Lawyers Association – Developing Cultural Competence
- Action CIND, Professional Advisors Team Member
- Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Committee Member
In the Media
- CBC News Network Tonight with Carole McNeil – Interview on life Insurance for people with a history of mental illness
- CBC Radio – Disclosing mental illness on life insurance applications
- CBC News Online – Ontario man says life insurance application denied due to anxiety disorder
- Life Health Pro Online – Denied life insurance application over anxiety disorder sparks concern
MK Disability Lawyers partner Leanne Goldstein was honoured to be featured in an article recently by Legal Matters about the importance of not giving up after a disability
When our clients come to us because their long-term disability (LTD) benefits have been terminated, we ask them many questions, including details about their experience in dealing with their insurance company.
There has recently been a lot of discussion surrounding concussions, particularly in sports. Yet, a concussion can happen to anyone who has sustained a blow to the head, face, neck, or upper body.