As a criminal defense attorney, I have distinguished myself in the Dallas legal community. I began my legal studies after graduating summa cum laude from Texas A&M University. I then pursued my law degree at SMU Dedman School of Law, where I was a member of the International Law Review, the Student Bar Association, and the Child Advocacy Clinic. My achievements and memberships demonstrate my passion for serving others using the practice of law.

I furthered my development as a legal professional when I interned for state and federal judges. After graduating with honors from SMU Dedman School of Law, I began prosecuting cases for the Dallas District Attorney’s office. With a concentration on DWI cases, I learned firsthand the strategies used by prosecution teams. After developing a strong understanding of criminal law and trial techniques, I became a criminal defense attorney at a well-respected Dallas law firm.

I understand the stress and uncertainty that come with facing criminal charges. My job is to relieve that stress and show compassion and understanding while utilizing my knowledge of the law and legal system. My skills and experience will help you navigate the criminal justice system, facing charges with clarity, confidence, and peace of mind. I have a passion for giving hope to those facing seemingly hopeless situations.



Bar Admissions

Texas, 2013


Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Dallas Bar Association, Member, 2013-Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer Association, Member, 2014-Present


Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas

  • J.D. cum laude

  • Law Review: International Law Review, Staff Editor, 2011-2012

  • Law Review: International Law Review, Citations Editor, 2012-2013

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

  • B.A. summa cum laude - 2010



John D.

“I am 54 years old. I [never had] any criminal record until I was accused of sexual allegations that were not true. [I was so sure that no one would believe in me], nevertheless fight for me. How wrong I was. Mrs. Courtney Dowling represented me. She took my case and never wavered in believing in me. I was facing 10 years minimum for a crime I didn’t commit. She fought for me and had the sexual charges dismissed. I would strongly suggest to anyone in need of an honest, hard-working attorney that will get you results, give Mrs. Courtney Dowling the opportunity. It is very shocking that there are still good attorneys around. Thank you for giving me the chance to still be with my family.”

Jane S.

Courtney is a compassionate attorney with a thorough understanding of the law. She understands that every situation is unique, and develops a strong and trusting relationship with each client. You can always count on her to be available anytime of the day.