Courtney Taylor

Managing Director / General Counsel


Courtney Taylor is Managing Director/General Counsel at The Cypress Group. Immediately prior to Cypress, she served as Policy Director of the Ecosystems Program at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).

At EDF, Courtney successfully crafted public policy and lobbying campaigns to achieve outcomes that maximized both economic incentives and environmental goals. Courtney is widely viewed as the lead lobbyist in securing the passage of the bipartisan RESTORE Act, which is credited with improving the quality of life along the Gulf Coast following the Macondo disaster and was praised by lawmakers of both parties and the Administration.

Courtney’s expertise in environmental law and regulation began when she served as an attorney adviser at the Department of Interior and a litigator at the Department of Justice handling cases that involved hydropower, endangered species, water quality, grazing rights, and pesticide use. She began her legal career as a litigation associate at Howrey. Courtney brings nearly 20 years of experience in environmental law and public policy to the Cypress Group Energy & Environmental practice.

Originally from McLean, Virginia, Courtney holds a JD from Tulane University Law School where she graduated magna cum laude and with a certificate in Environmental Law. She completed her BA at the University of Virginia in Government Affairs.

Courtney lives in the District with her husband, Jay Taylor, and their 3 children and an energetic yellow lab.


JD, Tulane University
BA, University of Virginia