Wednesday, January 23, 2013

DW Women in Law Profile – Courtney Hollins

Every month on DW Women in Law Blog, we will profile one of our female attorneys to give you a perspective of who they are and the work they do.

For Courtney Hollins, a member in Dickinson Wright’s Nashville office, the idea of becoming a lawyer began when she was in high school in Columbia, South Carolina. She grew up around lawyers, mostly her friends’ fathers, and she knew them to be wonderful, honorable people doing good work to help others. She decided she wanted to do the same thing, albeit as a transactional lawyer and not as a litigator.

In October, Courtney joined Dickinson Wright’s Nashville office. She will continue her prosperous real estate and finance practice that focuses on commercial real estate acquisitions, disposition, construction, development and leasing along with finance transactions, workouts and restructurings. In addition, she serves as corporate counsel to a variety of entities, organizing and assisting in the management of corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships.

“I’m delighted to be at Dickinson Wright. I look at it as a great opportunity to build both my real estate and finance practices on a national level,” says Courtney on a phone call from Nashville. “I’ve been thrilled since joining the firm to see the proof is in the pudding. We have a lot of great lawyers, which makes it a fun place to work.”

Recently, Courtney assisted two clients to sell assets in a joint venture retail center. The deal was aimed to preserve equity for her clients during the ensuing recession. It was a complicated deal that involved numerous parties and an intellectual challenge to solve a number of problems that makes her job rewarding.

The other rewarding part of Courtney’s job can be seen in the buildings that she has helped clients build or purchase throughout cities in America. She can travel to numerous cities and drive down streets and past buildings that she had a hand in through her work.

“That’s one of the great things about the work I do,” says Courtney. “It is literally about buildings. I buy, sell, or lease buildings that you can see, touch and feel.”

Outside of work, Courtney lives a full life as a wife to a Presbyterian minister and the mother to an eighth-grade daughter. For her it’s all about the family and trying to maintain that key life/work balance that all women attorneys struggle with on a daily basis.

To learn more about Courtney Hollins and her practice, click here to read her full biography.