Courtney is from High Point, North Carolina, but moved to Elizabeth City in 2006 when she began practicing law. Courtney graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001 with a B.A. in Political Science. She graduated from Regent University School of Law in 2006, was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in the same year, and has been practicing with The Twiford Law Firm since admission. She began doing social services work in 2007 when she began representing Currituck County Department of Social Services. She handles all aspects of social services litigation including child protective services, adult protective services, guardianship, and appellate matters.