847-577-2227 | 312-777-3773

Courtney Todt Podkowa

Estate Planning, Probate, Trust Administration, Elder Law

Courtney Todt Podkowa

Estate Planning, Probate, Trust Administration, Elder Law


847-577-2227 ext. 251 | 312-777-3773 ext. 251

Courtney concentrates in estate planning, elder law, and trust and estate administration. Courtney is an active member of the Illinois Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.


  • B.S.M. from Tulane University in 2012, cum laude
  • J.D. from DePaul College of Law in 2015, cum laude


  • Prior to joining DKMO, Courtney worked as an attorney at another estate planning and elder law firm in Arlington Heights. While in law school, she clerked at a Chicago firm that specializes in estate planning, probate, and elder law, and also clerked for the Cook County Office of the Public Guardian, in both their Adult Guardianship and Juvenile divisions.

Leadership & Honors

  • Named a “Rising Star in Elder Law” by Illinois Super Lawyers in 2020 – 2023
  • Named to “Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch in America, Elder Law” by Best Lawyers 2023
  • Board Member, Family Forward
  • Volunteer with the Chicago Bar Association’s Wills for Heroes program
  • CALI Awards (highest grade in class) in Legal Writing I, Legal Writing III, and Legal Writing: Transactions


  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • Illinois Chapter of NAELA: active member on the Mentorship, Membership, and Social Media committees
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Favorite Binge Watch Show

  • Downton Abbey

Fun Fact

  • Courtney loves to travel and studied in Spain while in college. The last country she visited was Iceland in 2021.