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Donald Carl Potter

Employment and labor Attorney at Pasadena, CA

5.0   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1997
    Active No misconduct found

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About Donald

Learn Donald’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Discrimination

    26 years

  2. Employment and labor
    The Law Office of Donald Potter represents employees exclusively in cases involving wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment, FMLA violations, unpaid wages, meal and rest period violations.

    26 years

  3. Sexual harassment

    26 years

  4. Wrongful termination

    26 years

Donald Potter is successful employment lawyer with more than 24 years of experience in the field. His practice is dedicated to representing employees and he is an aggressive litigator who has handled thousands of labor and employment matters including claims involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage-and hour-violations.  Mr. Potter is a National Institute of Trial Advocacy graduate and he has prevailed in numerous trials, arbitrations, and administrative hearings.

Mr. Potter has obtained multiple, court-approved wage-and-hour class action settlements filed on behalf of employees since opening his own law firm in 2008. He has also successfully prosecuted numerous single plaintiff lawsuits for his clients including multiple individual recoveries in the millions.

Prior to 2008, Mr. Potter practiced law with a national labor and employment law firm, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP and he was a partner at Burke Williams & Sorensen, LLP in Los Angeles, California.

Mr. Potter has published numerous articles on employment law topics in newspapers and journals. He has also lectured and trained various organizations on labor and employment law.

Mr. Potter is admitted to practice in both state and federal courts in California. Mr. Potter is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section and the California Employment Lawyers Association.

Educational Background

Mr. Potter graduated from Loyola Law School (Los Angeles, CA) in 1997. Mr. Potter was a member of the Scott Moot Court Honors Board and Loyola’s award-winning Jessup International Moot Court Team. He was also a Carmen Florine Scholarship recipient.

Mr. Potter received his undergraduate degree from Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY). He was a member of the Oracle Honor Society (top ten percent of the first year class) and a student-athlete on two NCAA National Championship wrestling teams.


Mr. Potter and his wife are the proud parents of three adult daughters. His firm is an American Youth Soccer Organization (“AYSO”) sponsor and Mr. Potter has served as an AYSO coach and referee.

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Law Office of Donald Potter
155 North Lake Avenue
Ste 800
Pasadena, CA, 91101


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Posted by ZimriYah Lotus | January 14, 2022
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Best Attorney Hands Down!!
My experience with Donald Potter, has been nothing short of amazing. Very professional, kind hearted, he always answered any and all of my questions. Very precise, and timely with communication. If ever I need legal advice, Donald will always be the one I choose. Most importantly he truly cares like a best friend anyone would desire to have. - All The Best
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Posted by Lori | June 4, 2021
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The Support I Needed!
For someone who has never hired an attorney before, I was very nervous. You hear so many negative things. But he was none of those! He had my back, and I felt protected and supported. He kept in communication and explained thoroughly what I didn't understand. In the end, we were successful with the compensation issue I was dealing with. I highly recommend!
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Posted by Robert | July 9, 2020
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Donald gets Results!
Donald was a very thorough and thoughtful attorney. He was upfront and explained everything in detail at every step. He also takes the time help you understand process and doesn't make you feel stupid. He honestly is a wonderful and caring attorney! I cannot go into specifics but he handled my case above and beyond!
Posted by Zena | February 12, 2019
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Very reliable lawyer
I personally thought highly of Donald Potter. He was very professional and also very relatable. He always seemed to respond very quickly when I emailed him. If I ever had any questions or concerns he never hesitated to make sure that I truly understood the situation. If there is anything that I would change, I would have chosen to go further at the end. I felt like he was leaning more towards a different direction so I went with it. Overall he is a great lawyer, very dependable and I’m happy with the outcome.
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Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2018
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Wrongful Termination
Mr. Potter was an excellent lawyer he helped me out throughout the whole case, step by step and showed results. I highly recommend him for any work related problems(Employment and labor, Sexual harassment, Wrongful termination).
Posted by Marshawno | December 28, 2016
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Mr. Potter was great, from our 1st meeting up until I received my settlement check he has been transparent and communicated very well with me. Keep me informed of every move, and explained thoroughly why that move was being made. I love that he actually took the time to get to know me as a person. Not just seeing me as a case number! I appreciate that. He's very organized and makes things look easy, but I truly know he is just a well prepared and concerned person and it shows through his actions! He is a great attorney and I would recommend him to anyone!!! 5Star Attorney
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Posted by Rodolfo | April 20, 2016
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Great Sensibility and Professionalism
Donald made my wife and I feel comfortable with the entire process, from beginning to end. We had never been involved in any type of legal proceedings and were extremely nervous with the entire situation. Donald was honest with us about possible outcomes and never misled us into false expectations. We liked his honesty, professionalism and humility from the beginning. I would not think twice about at least consulting with him and definitely will hire him again if and whenever it became necessary.
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Posted by Rosi | April 20, 2016
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Best Lawyer
Best first time experience with a lawyer. He has great personality, easy to trust. The best first time experience ever. I will recommend him 100% to any one who need help on work related problems.
Posted by Rosi | April 13, 2016
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Best Attorney
He help me on my case from the beginning to the end he was always there for me and did all possible to win and get the best outcome of the case. He is the best.
Posted by Laura | February 26, 2016
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More then satisfied!
Mr. Potter proved to be an excellent attorney. He made me feel comfortable throughout the process as well as taking the time to relieve my fears and put me at ease. He handled my case in a timely fashion and got better results than I had expected. I would highly recommend Mr. Potter to anyone needing legal services in this field. Not only have I found a great Lawyer but have made a great friend as well.
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  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
  • Contingency 20%-45%


AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Donald Potter
  • 2008 - Present
  • Partner
  • Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Attorney
  • Seyfarth Shaw
  • 1999 - 2007


  • Loyola Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Ithaca College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Legal Cases

  • Reed v. Wedbush Securities
  • $509,518.35 Arbitration Award
  • Roman v. Service King
  • $1.3 million class action settlement
  • Murphy v. Wedbush Securities
  • $1.12 million arbitration award.
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  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Attorneys
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2022
  • Top Attorneys
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2021
  • Top Attorneys
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2020
  • Top Attorney
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2019
  • Top Attorneys
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2018
  • Top Attorney
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2017
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  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • “Preventing En garde: Don’t Ignore the Obvious when Preparing to do Battle in Deposition”
  • 2001

Speaking Engagements

  • Southern California Public Labor Relations Council Luncheon
  • Retaliation Claims
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (3)
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Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Potter is a great lawyer. He is a gentlemen and treats his clients with respect. The other side, the employers, only see a tenacious, aggressive and fearless attorney tearing down their obstructions and achieving justice for his clients. You could not select a better attorney to represent you."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Donald Potter. We worked together on a wage and hour matter and Don proved to be an excellent strategist and litigator."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer - loved working with Don at Burke, Williams and Sorensen; focused lawyer who is a strong advocate for his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Don Potter, Esq. Don is an amazingly talented and compassionate attorney who works tirelessly to achieve successful results for his clients. Don and his wonderful staff are highly skilled in representing employees in employment and labor law disputes--including wrongful termination and discrimination matters--provide excellent client service, and are fluent in Spanish. Don is always available to provide a free initial consultation to those in need and personally oversees every case that his office handles."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Pasadena Employment and labor Lawyer Donald Carl Potter
Donald Carl Potter
Employment and labor Attorney
Pasadena, CA
Licensed for 25 years
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