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Derek Heath Potts

Employment and labor Attorney at Houston, TX

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  • State Years
    New York - NY 12 years
    Texas - TX 13 years
    Arkansas - AR 17 years
    Missouri - MO 27 years
    Kansas - KS 26 years
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2011
    Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2010
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State AR
    Acquired 2006
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1996
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State KS
    Acquired 1997
    Inactive No misconduct found

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Derek H. Potts is The Potts Law Firm’s Founder and National Managing Partner.  Mr. Potts is a nationally known trial lawyer who has been a court appointed leader in some of the largest complex litigations of the past decade.  He also has obtained landmark jury verdicts and settlements for his clients since the beginning of his 20-year legal career.

Derek H. Potts has led high profile mass tort cases including the transvaginal mesh litigation which is the largest medical device litigation in United States’ history. Mr. Potts was also a state court leader in the General Motors Ignition Switch litigation, obtaining a victory from the Supreme Court of Missouri, and then successfully resolving hundreds of cases. Mr. Potts is currently leading litigation due to mass property damage inflicted on the residents of Houston, Texas from Hurricane Harvey and the United States Army Corps of Engineers release of water from reservoirs.

As founder of the Potts Law Firm, Derek Potts’ aggressive litigation approach coupled with choosing to be at the forefront of some of the most complex and groundbreaking legal cases of the day have set him and the law firm apart. Mr. Potts has been honored as one of the Best Lawyers in America, is a member of Super Lawyers, and holds a Martindale-Hubbell A rating, the highest attorney rating.

In addition to his work at The Potts Law Firm, Derek Potts has provided pro bono representation to indigent clients, children and the elderly as part of the Jackson County Bar Association Volunteer Attorney Project.  Mr. Potts is also the chairman of Potts Family Foundation, which is involved with multiple charitable foundations including MJ & M and Promise for Haiti.

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder & National Managing Partner
  • The Potts Law Firm, LLP
  • 2002 - Present


  • University of Missouri: Kansa
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 1996
  • University of Missouri (Kansas City, MO)
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Medical Malpractice Verdict for St. Louis Hospital Patient
  • $825,000 Verdict
  • Medical Malpractice Verdict for Paraplegic Minor
  • $12,100,000 Verdict
  • Nursing Home Negligence Verdict
  • Verdict (plus interest) totaling $3,581,455
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  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Board of Governors for New Lawyers
  • 1995 - Present
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Kansas Association for Justice
  • Board of Governors
  • 2009 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America© 25 Edition
  • Best Lawyers®
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyers® Texas
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyers® Missouri & Kansas
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2016
  • Best of the Bar
  • Kansas City Business Journal
  • 2011
  • Best of the Bar
  • American Lawyer Media
  • N/A
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  • Missouri Bar Litigation Settlements Deskbook
  • Wrongful Death Settlements
  • 2009
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly Newspaper
  • Proving Liability for Pressure Ulcers
  • 2002
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly Newspaper
  • Proving Traumatic Brain Injury With Positron Emission Tomography
  • 2000
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly Newspaper
  • Handling HMO Negligence Cases in Missouri
  • 1999
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers’ Journal, Winter Edition, page 5
  • Newman v. Ford Motor Company, the Confusion Remains over Product Defects
  • 1999
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly Newspaper
  • Defective Product Design, What Does “Unreasonable Dangerous” Mean?
  • 1998
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Speaking Engagements

  • Hurricane Litigation Conference
  • Navigating the Most Expensive Hurricane Season in U.S. History – A Claims Handling Boot Camp
  • 2018
  • Eminent Domain - Hurricane Harvey and Pipeline Takings Conference
  • Legal Impacts of Hurricane Harvey
  • 2018
  • Hurricane Harvey Conference
  • What is Inverse Condemnation and How Do I Identify Potential Claims?
  • 2017
  • American Urogynecologic Society Conference
  • Current Status and Future Potential for the Use of Mesh and Slings in Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery
  • 2016
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Houston Employment and labor Lawyer Derek Heath Potts
Derek Heath Potts
Employment and labor Attorney
Houston, TX
Licensed for 27 years
Free Consultation