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I’m so happy to be back at Weitz & Luxenberg. Before law school, I had the opportunity to work at W&L and become familiar with the important work our firm does to help good, decent, hard-working people whose quality of life was taken away by exposure to asbestos. These large corporations knew they were putting people’s health at risk, but they didn’t care because money was more important to them than the value of human life. These companies need to be held accountable for their actions. I am dedicated to helping clients and their families seek justice in this difficult time.
Courtney Chlebina is an associate attorney in the firm’s Mesothelioma and Asbestos Litigation group. Prior to joining the Weitz & Luxenberg team, Ms. Chlebina was an assistant public defender with the Defender Association of Philadelphia in its Felony Waiver Unit, providing representation to those accused of crimes who cannot afford to hire an attorney.
While at the Defenders, she gained extensive courtroom and trial advocacy experience, conducting over 100 bench trials in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court. She also conducted countless other legal proceedings, many of which involved detailed negotiations with the prosecutor’s office. These critical trial and negotiation skills provide Ms. Chlebina with a unique perspective, allowing her to strategically seek the best outcomes for her clients.
Ms. Chlebina gained experience with appellate work during her internship with the Capital Habeas Unit of the Federal Community Defender Office in Philadelphia. There, she was tasked with reviewing case files, researching and writing legal claims, visiting clients on death row, and assisting in the preparation for appellate arguments and evidentiary hearings. In 2016, Ms. Chlebina was awarded the Judge William M. Marutani Fellowship for public interest work.
Before law school, Ms. Chlebina worked in the Cherry Hill office of W&L, serving as the unit’s discovery team supervisor and paralegal. She oversaw discovery for the firm’s asbestos cases.
For over 8 years, first in high school and then as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Chlebina participated in numerous mock trial programs and competitions. In law school, Ms. Chlebina was a member of Temple’s Trial Team. For two years in a row, she won the Regional Trial Competition in Philadelphia and went on to compete in the National Trial Competition in Texas.
Earning her Juris Doctor from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, Ms. Chlebina was a staff editor on the Temple Law Review and served as President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. She volunteered as an advocate for the School Discipline Advocacy Service and served on their board.
Outside of work, Ms. Chlebina enjoys traveling, skiing, experiencing new cultures and food, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Courtney L. Chlebina will be happy to review your case.