Courtney Ernston


Courtney Ernston

Courtney graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA and then received her JD from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Before joining Minnesota Construction Law Services, Courtney focused on immigration and small business law and served as General Counsel in the family construction business. Furthermore, Courtney is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy advanced litigation program, among the most respected programs in the country, and is an adjunct professor at Mitchell-Hamline College of Law teaching business organizations.

Courtney leads litigation, which is good because she isn’t intimidated by anyone or anything. She is on the contractor’s side and that is where you want her. What makes Courtney so effective is she knows when a problem can be solved without the difficulty of litigation because sometimes the practical solution is not the legal solution. Courtney and MNCLS don’t complicate what can be fixed with an efficient and affordable answer, that’s what makes MNCLS so powerful.

Besides, Courtney grew up in the family construction business and as she says, “These are my people.” And Courtney always fights for her family. Her pure passion and exceptional qualifications echos MNCLS’ commitment to making the complex simple.

Courtney is married to her husband, Derrick, and has a young daughter (their “tiny human”) who is a mini version of Courtney, so of course, she’s absolutely hilarious. Courtney plays golf, loves to travel, and enjoys a nice glass of scotch. She is a huge Harry Potter fan and is proudly a Slytherin (what’s better than an attorney who is also a Slytherin?). Courtney also has the perfect rescue dog, Kevin, who is best described as Arnold Schwarzenegger with Alzheimer’s.

Business Law


Construction Law


Minnesota, 2013

U.S. District Court of MN, 2018

University of Minnesota, 2010, BA

University of Oklahoma College of Law, 2013, JD

National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 2018

  • Advocates for Human Rights
  • BATC-Housing First Minnesota
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • National Association of the Remodeling Industry
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Warren E. Burger American Inn of Court


Courtney, a lawyer with the practical solutions