Courtney Caruso is a Senior Associate at Hogan Lovells US LLP whose practice focuses on criminal defense, government enforcement actions, and internal investigations. Prior to Hogan Lovells, Courtney worked as a litigation associate in a global law firm and as to a law clerk to the Honorable Jennifer C. Boal in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
For Courtney, advocating on behalf of clients was not something that could wait until graduating from law school. She joined Harvard Defenders during her first year of school and provided free representation to low-income individuals in criminal show-cause hearings in Massachusetts district courts. Throughout law school, Courtney continued to work within the criminal justice system, serving on the Harvard Defenders Board of Directors and as a student attorney for Harvard’s Criminal Justice Institute.
As a practicing attorney, Courtney works at the intersection of civil and criminal law, advising clients during government investigations and defending clients through litigation. Courtney serves as an independent investigator in university investigations into alleged discrimination and/or sexual assault, and is a member of the Monitoring Team that oversees implementation of the United States v. City of Ferguson Consent Decree, which is designed to increase the protection of constitutional and other legal rights for the Ferguson community and increase public confidence in the police department and municipal court. Courtney also has an active pro bono practice, most often representing her clients in criminal proceedings or in their efforts to obtain post-conviction remedies.
Courtney considers civic engagement and support of her local community to be essential components of her life as a lawyer and Boston resident, and is passionate about making our democracy more inclusive, vibrant, and healthy. Since 2014, Courtney has served on the Associate and Local Boards of Generation Citizen, an organization that teaches thousands of students nationwide to actively participate in their democracy through local action civics projects. Courtney held the position of Chair of the Massachusetts Generation Citizen Associate Board from 2017-2019.
Courtney also volunteers with Year Up and was recognized as a Year Up Outstanding Volunteer in 2018. She currently sits on the City Awake Advisory Board and Talent Development and Retention Leadership Council at the Boston Chamber of Commerce, both of which promote programs and policies that will attract, develop, and retain a strong talent pipeline in the greater Boston area. Courtney also serves as a Trustee of Dana Hall School.
Courtney holds a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. From 2009-2010, Courtney was a Fulbright Scholar in Venice, Italy where she conducted archival research on the lives of Renaissance women.