James A. Potts, IIShareholder

Biography

Jay Potts was born in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1999, he graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. While at Auburn, he was a member of the Economics Club, where he tutored and mentored students in economics courses. Following graduation from Auburn, Mr. Potts attended the University of Alabama School of Law, where he excelled in trial advocacy and earned his Juris Doctorate in 2003.

Since graduating from the University of Alabama, Mr. Potts has worked in the field of general insurance defense. He has handled a variety of matters within the field, including automobile liability, tractor trailer litigation, premises liability, real estate contract disputes, construction litigation, insurance coverage disputes, employment litigation, products liability and wrongful death lawsuits.  Mr. Potts has previously been employed in the litigation department of a national casualty underwriter.

Mr. Potts has tried 40 jury trials in both state and federal court. In over 90% of these cases, he was able to obtain a verdict for the defendant or keep the verdict below the plaintiff’s last settlement demand. In 2010 and 2012, Mr. Potts was recognized as one of the most prolific trial lawyers in Alabama by the Alabama Jury Verdict Reporter.

Mr. Potts teaches Sunday School at Birmingham’s St. Symeon Orthodox Church. He also serves as a volunteer coach for his community youth wrestling program. When Mr. Potts is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Mary, and his two sons, Jamie and Jesse Pierce. His other outside interests include fishing, grilling out, and collegiate wrestling.

Affiliations

  • Alabama State Bar
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association

Admissions

  • Alabama State Bar
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama

Distinctions

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rating
  • Birmingham Business Journal, Rising Star Lawyer (2016)

Communications

Publications

  • “Favorable Interpretations of the Forum Non Conveniens Statute for Corporate Defendants,” Vernis & Bowling Litigation Updates, 2014.
  • “Taking an Effective Deposition – A Defense Attorney’s Perspective,” Alabama Personal Injury CLE, 2013.

Representative Cases

  • Phyllis Goats v. Joe Hasberry, Circuit Court of Macon County, CV-2012-900065
  • Reginald Daryl Clark v. Angie McEwan, Circuit Court of Jefferson County, CV-2011-903662
  • Stewart Roofing v. First Home Mortgage, Circuit Court of Chilton County, CV-2009-900153
  • Terry Chambers v. F & F Construction and Trucking, Circuit Court of Jefferson County, CV-2008-902527
  • Christopher Montalbano v. Preferred Plumbing and Gas, Circuit Court of Jefferson County, CV-2008-003770
  • Dartanya Weaver v. Douglas Moody and United Gilsonite Laboratories, Circuit Court of Jefferson County, CV-2008-003221
  • Krischaun Bryant v. Weiser Security Services, United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, 2:04-cv-00329-KOB