Founder of Institutional Compliance Solutions
Courtney has over ten years of experience representing institutions, including 8 years as a University system attorney. As in-house counsel, she served as a trusted advisor to the Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, Athletic Director, Director of Office and Equity and Diversity, Title IX Coordinator, Provost and other top level administrators on all legal matters affecting the institution. Her breadth of knowledge and familiarity with the unique aspects of a college campus provide a distinctive approach to partnering with institutions to assist with their legal needs. She excels in advising clients on all aspects of institutional compliance, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization amendments to the Jeanne Clery Act, and specializes in providing legal advice to institutions during sexual misconduct, stalking and relationship violence investigations.
Courtney received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University in 1998. She graduated from the University of Memphis School of Law in 2001, where she served on the law review as a comments editor. Prior to serving as Associate General Counsel for the University of Tennessee, she worked for Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell and Husch & Eppenberger. Courtney also teaches Business Law as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, and Southern New Hampshire University.Courtney is a member of NACUA and Workplace Investigations Group.
Courtney has two girls, Charlotte (7) and Campbell (11), and two bonus children, Austin (15) and Tyler (12). In her free time you will find her with her husband, Todd, cheering on her children on the soccer or baseball field or at a gymnastics competition.
Megan Simmons is a consultant for ICS and brings a wealth of experience to the team. She is an experienced sexual misconduct prevention trainer. She has trained individuals on sexual harassment prevention under Title VII (workplace) and Title IX (education) and anti-discrimination law in government, private industry, and non-profits. She is also an experienced investigator of sexual assault and sexual harassment complaints, and currently sits on a university board that decides whether harassment allegations meet the requisite threshold to move forward in the adjudicatory process. She holds a J.D. from Charleston School of Law and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Services.
As a Title IX Investigator at George Mason University, she is charged with training university students and employees. Prior to law school Megan was a Federal Agent wherein she conducted Sexual Assault and general sex crimes investigations. She trained thousands of military members, government officials, and dependents on sexual assault and harassment principles during her tenure and served as a commend board member and voting member to the Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention board.
Some of the topics that Megan has specifically featured in trainings are principles applicable to Title IX and Title VII compliance instructions, using examples from current events as well as customized scenarios tailored to the organization being trained.
Paralegal and Administrative Asssistant
Susan graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1998 with a B.S. in Chemistry with honors, and from Case Western Reserve School of Law summa cum laude in 2001, where she served as Managing Editor of the Law Review. She worked as an attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of Jones Day from 2001 to 2005. In 2005, she moved to Chattanooga for a slower pace of life and to stay home with her young son. She took an decade-long break from the workforce, raising her two children, renovating three houses, working for several volunteer organizations, and homeschooling her daughter. Susan joined ICS in late 2018 and is very excited to be part of the team.
In her free time she enjoys attending her children’s events, checking out new Chattanooga restaurants, reading, and spending time outside with her two dogs.