Tony A. Potter is a Partner of Ward Potter LLC, where he uses his experiences in general civil, trial, and appellate practice to represent the firm’s clients. In 1995 Tony started a private practice in Hill City, Kansas with a focus on family law, real estate, and criminal law. “Practicing law in Northwest Kansas requires the ability to represent clients in several areas of the law, sometimes in the same case. You have to have a broad focus to be able to handle it all,” says Potter.
In 2013 Tony moved his practice to Wichita, Kansas where he focused on family law cases, particularly child custody and high conflict divorce matters. “I wanted to be able to specialize in family law, and my work with Ward Potter allows me to do so and gives me the chance to really help people,” Potter says. “I’m very pleased to be working with Lynn. It’s a real opportunity to work with an expert in the field, incorporating what I know from my years of practice, as well as learning from her years of experience in family law.”
The desire to practice law is a family tradition for Tony. As a four-year-old boy, he remembers telling his mother that he was going to be a lawyer. That’s not too hard to envision considering his Great-Grandfather was one of the last to actually “read” for the bar exam in Nebraska before it was changed to a written test format. In addition, Tony’s grandfather was an attorney who practiced in both Nebraska and Colorado for almost 50 years.
Tony received his Juris Doctorate from Washburn School of Law in 1994, and has been continually licensed to practice law in Kansas since 1995. Tony has appeared as counsel in ten different judicial districts in Kansas encompassing more than 45 counties, the Federal District Court for Kansas, Kansas Supreme Court and Kansas Court of Appeals, Kansas Department of Revenue, Kansas Court of Tax Appeals, Kansas Department of Labor, and the Kansas Corporation Commission.
Tony was named an “Outstanding Attorney” in 2002 by the U.S. Department of Justice Trial Advocacy, and was recognized for an “Outstanding Brief” in 2003 by the United States Department of Justice Appellate Advocacy. His commitment to his clients was also recognized in 2016 when he was acknowledged as a “Distinguished” attorney, peer rated for high professional achievement by Martindale-Hubbell.
Tony grew up in Colby, Kansas as the oldest of three boys. He and his wife Dru are members of Chapel Hill Fellowship United Methodist Church. They have one son who is studying at Creighton University in Nebraska.
I have to admit I was blown away by Mr. Potter from the first meeting I had with him. I had never met with an attorney who had the ability to take background of a custody case, immediately put it into an outline in their head and then articulate, on the spot, exactly how they were going to present the information to the judge in the courtroom, until I met Tony Potter. Not only that, but he could also explain, in a language I could understand, why he was going to do it that way. I was floored!
Mr. Potter does not tell you what you want to hear, instead he will tell you, in a candid, calm, and understanding fashion, the truth. He will explain in every detail why, how, when, where, every finite detail no matter how many times you need to hear it until you are comfortable, understand and you are ready for the next step. His level of patience is to be out done by no one. One of my most favorite attributes of Mr. Potter is the fact that he always makes time for me, his client. He communicates with me, he doesn’t hand his work off to someone else. He genuinely loves what he does, cares for his clients best interests, and wants to be sure both of you are consistently aligned on the case. He treats me with respect, and gets things done when he says he will.
The professionalism, work ethic, and level of client care I have received from Tony Potter are above and beyond what I expected. I don’t believe I would be as comfortable with my decisions or the legal process in general without his help. I am confident and no longer second guess the path forward since I have hired Tony. I feel truly blessed that Mr. Potter is my attorney and can’t imagine using someone else for such a sensitive legal matter. – Andrea (from AVVO.com)