Thomas E. Potter

BIOGRAPHY
Phone: (304) 340-1324 | Fax: (304) 340-1080 | Email: tpotter@jacksonkelly.com
500 Lee Street East, Suite 1600, Charleston, WV 25301-3202


Thomas E. Potter is a retired Member of Jackson Kelly PLLC.  He now serves in an Of Counsel relationship with the Firm. As such, he is a consultant and a practitioner on a limited basis.

During the years of his active practice, Mr. Potter was a member and leader of the Business Law Department focusing on administrative, business and commercial litigation, contracts, natural resources, corporate, real estate/property law, eminent domain, transportation, zoning and leases.  During the last five years of his active practice, he served as Chairman of the Firm's Executive Committee.

Over the years, Mr. Potter has been actively involved in the legal, political, governmental and civic affairs of West Virginia and the Charleston area.  He served eight years as an elected member of the West Virginia Legislature and as Chairman of the Republican State Executive Committee.  He is a past president of the West Virginia Bar Association, a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, a Life Fellow and former West Virginia Chairman of the American Bar Foundation Fellows, a Fellow of the West Virginia Bar Foundation and a member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, as well as other professional affiliations.

Mr. Potter's community activities have involved many facets of the state and city, including chairmanships of the Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce, Charleston Renaissance Corporation, the Business and Industrial Development Corporation ("BIDCO"), the National Institute for Chemical Studies, Capital Market, Inc., Advantage Valley, Inc. and the YMCA.  He is a former member of the West Virginia Library Commission, the Board of the University System of West Virginia, the West Virginia University Board of Governors and the Board of the Snowshoe Institute.  Mr. Potter has also served as a member of the Boards of Directors of the West Virginia University Foundation, Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia, Charleston Area Alliance and is a past member and chairman of the Advisory Board of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center at West Virginia University.

Mr. Potter has served for over fifteen years as a member of the Board of Charleston Area Medical Center ("CAMC") and is currently Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. He is a member of the National Advisory Council of the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center of West Virginia University and a Board member of West Virginia Kids Count.

In the private sector, Mr. Potter serves as a member and past Chairman of the Board of the Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research and Innovation Center, Inc. ("MATRIC").

Mr. Potter earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from West Virginia University and his Juris Doctor from West Virginia University College of Law. While an undergraduate student at the University, among many campus activities, Mr. Potter was a member and Summit of Mountain and a four-year member of the varsity track team which he captained in his senior year.

In 2009, Mr. Potter was the recipient of the West Virginia Bar Association's Award of Merit. Mr. Potter's other awards and honors include the Spirit of the Valley Award for leadership and volunteer work in the Kanawha Valley, the Order of Vandalia (West Virginia University's highest award) and membership in the Business Hall of Fame of Marshall University.  Mr. Potter has also received the Alumni Recognition Award from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University and is the recipient of the first Hazo Carter Presidential Award from West Virginia State University and the James R. Thomas, II, Outstanding Volunteer Award from Charleston Renaissance Corporation. 

 
Legal Experience
 
2000 - PresentJackson Kelly PLLC
1968 - 2000Jackson & Kelly PLLC
1962 - 1968 Partner, Woodroe, Kizer and Steed
1960 - 1962 Associate, Woodroe, Kizer and Steed
1957 - 1960Legal and Claims Officer, U.S. Air Force
 
Education
 
1957LL.B.West Virginia University College of Law
1955 B.A.West Virginia University (Political Science)
 
Bar Admissions
 
1957West Virginia

Professional Involvement:
  • American Bar Association
  • American Judicature Society
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • West Virginia State Bar Association, past President
  • Kanawha County Bar Association
  • Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • West Virginia University Law School Association
  • Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Fellow of the West Virginia Bar Foundation
  • Jackson & Kelly Solutions LLC, Board of Directors
  • House of Delegates - West Virginia Legislature, Member, 1967-1974
  • Republican Party of West Virginia, Chairman, 1968-1976
  • Republican National Committee, Member, 1968-1976
  • Chairman of fundraising activities in three gubernatorial campaigns and various local races
  • Inaugural Committee for Governor Cecil H. Underwood (co-chairman of Finance Committee)
  • West Virginia Vice-Chairman,  George W. Bush for President Finance Committee; and Member, National Finance Committee, George W. Bush for President Committee
  • West Virginia Counsel to George W. Bush for President Committee
  • West Virginia Lawyers for Bush-Cheney, Co-Chairman
  • Republican National Lawyers Association

Community:
  • Jackson & Kelly Solutions, Board of Directors
  • Advantage Valley, Inc. - Co-Chair and Member of the Board of Directors
  • Business & Industrial Development Corporation of Kanawha Valley, Chairman and Member of Board of Directors
  • Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia Inc., Secretary and Member of the Board of Directors
  • Capitol Market Inc., past President and past Member of the Board of Directors
  • WVU Board of Governors, Member and Vice Chairman
  • Charleston Area Medical Center, Member, Board of Trustees
  • WVU Foundation, Member of Board of Directors
  • Chemical Alliance Zone, Member, Board of Directors
  • Snowshoe Institute, Member of Board of Directors and General Counsel
  • West Virginia Senior Sports Classic, Inc., Member, Board of Directors and past President
  • Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce & Development, Member of Board of Directors and past Chairman
  • Charleston Renaissance Corporation, past President and Member of the Board of Directors
  • Charleston Tennis Club, past President and Member of the Board
  • City of Charleston, former Member and Chairman of Board of Zoning Appeals and former City Attorney
  • Former Civilian Aide to Secretary of Army from West Virginia, 1987-1994
  • Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, WVU, past Chairman and Member of Board of Advisors
  • National Institute of Chemical Studies, past President and past Member of Board of Directors
  • Rotary Club, past President and Paul Harris Fellow
  • West Virginia Library Commission, Member 1976-1980
  • West Virginia Military Awards Board, Member 1991-1999
  • West Virginia State College Foundation, past Member of Board of Directors and past Chairman
  • YMCA of Charleston, past Chairman and past Member of the Board of Directors
  • The University System of West Virginia, past Member of the Board of Trustees
  • West Virginia KIDS COUNT Fund, Board of Directors 2004

Teaching and Lecturing:
  • Over the years has lectured at a variety of Bar related CLE seminars
  • Has addressed West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, West Virginia Public Transit Association, Contractors Association of West Virginia and numerous other civic and professional organizations on a variety of legal and public affairs subjects
  • Has had extensive experience speaking before political groups and service clubs as well as television debates and appearances in regard to political events and activities

Writings and Publications:
  • Case Comments and Notes West Virginia Law Review

Awards and Honors:
  • Board of Editors, West Virginia Law Review
  • West Virginia Junior Chamber of Commerce Young Man of the Year, 1968
  • Recipient of First Annual Hazo W. Carter Presidential Award for Service to West Virginia State College, 1988
  • Honored by Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center of West Virginia University for past leadership and service, 1997
  • Recipient of James R. Thomas Volunteer of the Year Award - Charleston Renaissance Corporation, 1997
  • Recipient of Spirit of the Valley Award - for leadership and volunteer work in the Kanawha Valley, 1997
  • Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, 1997
  • Awarded Order of Vandalia - West Virginia University, 1998 - the University's highest award
  • Marshall University Business Hall of Fame, 2002
  • West Virginia Bar Association Award of Merit, 2009
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