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Courtney Howell Freeman

Adoption Attorney at Louisville, KY

5.0   18 reviews
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State KY
    Acquired 1998
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About Courtney

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Courtney grew up in Louisville and graduated from Kentucky Country Day School. She earned her Bachelor of Science decree at the School of Foreign Service from Georgetown University and her Juris Doctor from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. During law school, she served as Notes Editor for the Journal of Family Law (Law Review), on the Journal of Law and Education, and on the Moot Court Board, all while working full-time.

Courtney learned her legal skills under some of the country’s top attorneys at Arnold & Porter and Fulbright & Jaworski in Washington, D.C., and then at Barnett & Alagia, Alagia, Day, Marshall, Mintmire & Chauvin as well as Woodward, Hobson & Fulton in Louisville.

She started her career doing insurance defense with John M. Bush at the Bush Law Office and opened her legal practice with her brother in the fall of 2001.

Courtney concentrates her practice primarily in the areas of adoption, family law, estate planning and probate law.  Courtney is a Guardian Ad Litem in private custody and divorce cases, and represents abused and neglected children weekly on the dependency, neglect and abuse docket in Jefferson Family Court Division Three.

Courtney is a member of the Brandeis Inn of Court, having been asked to join by Judge Paula Sherlock.  She has served on the Boards of Junior League of Louisville, Kentucky Country Day School, and the Shelby County Humane Society, where she still serves as legal counsel. Courtney has been involved with the Fillies, Inc., an organization that does volunteer work surrounding the Derby Festival. Courtney is a member of Greater Louisville Outstanding Women ("GLOW").  Courtney has done a great deal of work representing domestic violence victims pro bono through the Legal Aid Society and Center for Women and Families.

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Howell & Kidd Attorneys
4010 Dupont Cir Ste L30
Louisville, KY, 40207-4825


5.0 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
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Posted by Grace | June 15, 2023
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Helpful lawyer
Courtney was outstanding! Explained everything and how the process of getting divorced works!Would highly recommend herd
Posted by Hesham | June 8, 2023
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Best humanitarian lawyer
I contacted Courtney during my divorce. It was a very hard time for me but honestly, she made it easier with her empathy, compassion, and care. She was always responsive, responsible, and courteous. Courtney is an exemplary lawyer that cares about her client and his well-being and always acts in his best interest. She actually went above and beyond and continues to help me even after the divorce was finalized.
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Posted by Ashley | March 2, 2022
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Someone Who Truly Cares
You won't find a kinder person! Courtney worked with my husband and me while we went through the process of him adopting my daughter. She is very professional and extremely responsive to emails/texts. She contains so much knowledge, and made the adoption go very smoothly. We also had a court date much sooner than we ever expected. If you need someone who truly cares and is there to help you, Courtney is the one!
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Posted by Ebonie | November 8, 2021
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God Sent!!
I mean this from the sincere bottom of my heart when I say: I am at a lost for words of the kindness and understanding I have experienced working with Ms. Courtney!! She is a fighter!! She fought for me when I didn't have the confidence to fight for myself. She was my voice when I was too discouraged by the circumstances of my case to speak up. I have been almost brought to tears after some of our zoom sessions simply because she listened to my concerns and my feelings without judgement or being dismissive which I have experienced in the past with a previous lawyer. I have felt so small and powerless for years with how my arrangement was being handled yet Ms. Courtney took my concerns very seriously not only having my best interest as well as my daughter's best interest. After 2 1/2 years of my custody/vistiation battle, working with Ms. Courtney has been the most comforting and reassuring that I have ever been. She is very patient and genuinely whats to see you and your child have the best outcome possible. I am truly thankful and blessed to have her on my side. I wouldn't ask for anyone else!!! To anyone I come across with visitation or court issues regarding their children, Ms. Courtney is whom I testify and speak highly of everytime!! She stays on top of her game. Never pushing me to "settle", very stern when it comes to playing fair and always staying in touch!! God bless her, I am forever grateful!! Although my situation has yet to be "over" I look forward to continuing to work with her and no longer scared of my co-parenting journey ahead. Thank you!!
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Posted by Brandon | October 19, 2021
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I unfortunately have had to enlist the services of Courtney, she has been absolutely outstanding each and every time.
Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2020
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Courtney is an amazing attorney. We wouldn’t have wanted anyone else by our side during our adoption finalization.
Posted by Tashaneka | December 7, 2020
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Excellent Representation
Courtney was a great attorney. She helped with the process of my husband legally adopting my son. She responded to any questions I had very timely. She was clear about everything and made sure we stayed in the loop. I highly recommend her. She has helped my family to have a Very Merry Christmas.
Posted by Mark | April 29, 2019
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Divorce and Family custody
MS. Kidd assisted me with 2 cases. The first case dealt with obtaining custody of my granddaughters, due to their parents' neglect. The second case dealt with filing divorce. For both cases, she was extremely compassionate, helpful, and thorough!! She informed me of the laws relevant to my cases, and expected outcomes, as well as any repercussions to expect. The cases went smoothly, with my desired outcome at both times. I would highly recommend her services to others!!
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Posted by Dawn | April 18, 2019
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Courtney was very responsive and helpful thru what was a bit of a frustration that we encountered with my daughter that was adopted from China . Courtney helped us do a readoption that was seamless and completed in timely matter. At all times responsive to questions I had and would highly recommend her.
Posted by Sarah | March 28, 2019
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Courtney did a great job with my divorce. She remained professional even when my ex husband was being difficult with us. The service was very affordable and people are often surprised at how little I paid for my divorce. Courtney is straight forward and doesn't beat around the bush. She is always quick to respond when I have a question. She clearly cares about her clients.
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Posted by Sarah | March 27, 2019
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The very BEST adoption attorney
Courtney is a Godsend. You will not find a nicer or more knowledgable adoption attorney. She was kind and compassionate towards our individual case, and very approachable and friendly. She helped us understand the process thoroughly as we finalized the adoption of our son, and has a wonderful presence in the court room. Her fees were very reasonable. In our opinion she is the most professional adoption attorney in the Louisville area. We will be recommending her within the adoption community for years to come.
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Posted by Jessica | March 25, 2019
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Courtney was an excellent adoption lawyer. She took care of everything and made working with her stress free. She was very responsive to messages and she really knows her stuff! We would definitely work with her again!
Posted by Donna | March 25, 2019
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Awesome Attorney
Courtney is an amazing attorney. You are not just another case to her, she treats her clients as if they are friends. She doesn't rush you when consulting with her, she cares. She always responds in a timely fashion whether it be by phone or email. She is on top of things even as busy as she is. Going into my divorce, my ex threatened me with everything, but with Courtney by my side, I feared nothing. She may be small in size, but she is dynamite!!! I would recommend her over any attorney in the state of Kentucky!!!!!!
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Posted by Susan | March 22, 2019
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Amazing and supportive lawyer!
Courtney helped me during one of the worst times of my life. She was compassionate and understanding and took control and did everything I needed her to do plus so much more. She went well above and beyond and did so with such care and understanding. I couldn’t ask for a better attorney
Posted by Stacie | March 21, 2019
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Great Attorney
Courtney is a fantastic attorney. She is very knowledgeable and gets back with her clients in a very timely manner. I would recommend her to everyone! She made us feel very comfortable and heard.
Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2019
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Family Law
Courtney does a terrific job. Her response time and pricing are exceptional. She has helped me on multiple occasions. Would recommend her anyday.
Posted by David | March 19, 2019
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Helped me to keep proper perspective and focus on my children’s needs.
Courtney has gone above and beyond to provide the best possible legal guidance and advice concerning my divorce and worked endlessly to help me provide for the best interest of my children. I am beyond amazed with her professionalism, wisdom and experience in helping me to make the best decisions and protection for them as a single father. Her legal knowledge, professionalism and compassion are 2nd to none.
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Posted by David | February 11, 2019
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Howell & Kidd Did A Great Job For Me
Courtney Kidd prepared my prenuptial agreement thoroughly and inexpensively. She took the time to explain every aspect of it and answered all of my questions. I highly recommend her.
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AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner, PLLC
  • Howell & Kidd Attorneys
  • 2001 - Present


  • University of Louisville
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Georgetown University
  • Foreign Service
  • 1991
  • Kentucky Country Day School
  • High School
  • 1986


  • Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2017 - 2019

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow
  • Louisville Bar Foundation
  • 2018


  • Brandeis Law Journal
  • Editor
  • 1996
  • Moot Court
  • Board Member
  • 1996
  • Brandeis Law Journal
  • Editor
  • 1995

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Family Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is extremely knowledgable about family law matters and a fierce advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Courtney is extremely well-respected in the Louisville family law community. She is smart, knowledgable, and has a wonderful courtroom presence and temperament. She is known for being honest and ethical. She is hard-working, reliable, and punctual. She is the type of attorney who truly cares about her clients and their lives. I endorse Courtney."
Family Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Courtney is a great lawyer! She is always professional and efficient and is extremely intelligent! She will be there for her clients!"
Adoption Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very professional attorney who knows the law and how to bring your case to a resolution in an efficient manner with the results you want."
Family Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Courtney is a highly skilled advocate for her domestic and family clients. The results she achieves are phenomenal. If you need a true family law professional, Courtney Howell-Kidd is the right lawyer for you."
Family Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Courtney works hard to advocate for her clients. She thinks creatively and intelligently to come up with the best results for her clients."
Family Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Courtney Howell Kidd is an excellent attorney — well prepared, knowledgeable about the law, and respected in the community."
Family Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. as she is an exemplary member of the Kentucky Bar Association. She is smart, dependable, trustworthy. and always professional."
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Louisville Adoption Lawyer Courtney Howell Freeman
Courtney Howell Freeman
Adoption Attorney
Louisville, KY
Licensed for 25 years