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Peter Michael Potente

Corporate and incorporation Attorney at La Jolla, CA

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2006
    Active No misconduct found

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About Peter

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Practice areas
  1. Corporate and incorporation
    When forming and creating United States based ventures, such as a corporation, POTENTE serves as a trusted advisor to its international clients. Formation services include all necessary legal filings with relevant governmental agencies, coordination with taxing authorities at the state and federal level, stock issuance, and all other relevant legal work that is necessary to ensure the proper legal foundation is built from the start.

    11 years

  2. Estate planning
    A proper estate plan is not something found online. It is accomplished after careful legal analysis, document drafting, and necessary effectuation. POTENTE, through its experienced attorneys and staff, carefully crafts a plan that is unique to the particular client. Such a plan is cultivated after a series of meetings and dialogue, information intake, and a thorough and analytical review of a client’s unique situation.

    11 years

  3. Real estate
    POTENTE’s international clients rely on the Firm’s guidance for commercial real estate matters (leasing and purchasing) and also residential real estate acquisitions for key employees being transferred to the United States. POTENTE not only handles the legal issues underlying such transactions, but the Firm puts together a trusted team of real estate advisors to serve the client’s commercial and residential needs.

    11 years

  4. Business
    Companies often overlook the requirement of annual shareholder and board of director meetings and the mandatory documentation of such events. POTENTE serves not only as a facilitator for these required meetings, but legally guides the shareholders and board to ensure the company remains fully compliant. Without achieving full compliance on a yearly basis (at a minimum), a company risks exposing its shareholders and directors to personal liability.

    11 years

  5. Mergers and acquisitions
    Whether it is a company seeking expansion, succession planning, or a company that has received a generous purchase offer, POTENTE is able to assist and guide its clients through the complex maze of negotiations and legal documentation associated with mergers and acquisitions.

    11 years

  6. General practice
    On a daily basis, companies of all types and sizes rely on POTENTE’s steady legal guidance. As general counsel, the Firm utilizes all of its resources to maximize the protections and mitigate the risks facing companies from a variety of external forces. Clients who elect to retain the Firm as general counsel are able to confidently manage their business with the knowledge that POTENTE is handling and monitoring their company’s legal affairs on a regular basis.

    11 years

  7. Litigation
    POTENTE actively defends its clients from litigious parties and also vociferously advocates the rights of its clients when necessary. POTENTE recognizes that litigation is costly; as a result, it works closely with its clients to determine the most cost-effective course of action, while at the same time, maximizing the protections and legal position of the client.

    11 years

Peter M. Potente, founder of POTENTE, A PROFESSIONAL LAW CORPORATION, currently serves as its CEO and Managing Partner. Mr. Potente’s legal areas of focus include entity selection and formation, corporate governance issues, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate development. His clients range from start-ups to mature companies with an international presence. Mr. Potente also assists his clients with succession planning for their businesses and personal estates.


Mr. Potente divides his time between the firm’s headquarters in San Diego and managing the Palm Springs office, which serves the Coachella Valley and neighboring communities. He actively travels to meet with clients throughout the United States and internationally.


Mr. Potente previously served as a Deputy City Attorney for Rancho Mirage and Cathedral City with the law firm Green, de Bortnowsky & Quintanilla.


A very proud component of Mr. Potente’s practice area pertains to the representation and formation of non-profit corporations.  Mr. Potente serves as an advisor and Board member to several non-profit entities. One of his most noteworthy endeavors is his involvement with The Meyrow Foundation—a foundation whose sole purpose is to raise money and awareness for individuals and families afflicted by Parkinson’s disease.


Mr. Potente received his undergraduate degree in Finance and Spanish (minor) from The Ohio State University and obtained his Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law in San Diego.


Mr. Potente is an avid runner, hiker, music aficionado, and enjoys being outside as much as possible—especially in the California desert.

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Potente, A Professional Law Corporation
7924 Ivanhoe Avenue
Suite #2
La Jolla, CA, 92037
Peter Michael Potente
777 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA, 92262
Peter Michael Potente
213 W. Hobsonway
Blythe, CA, 92225
Peter Michael Potente
560 S. Winchester Blvd., Suite 500
San Jose, CA, 92128
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Posted by Laura | August 28, 2013
Pete Potente's Professional Services
Pete Potente takes care of two businesses that I am connected with and all their legal needs. He also is my personal family attorney. I have the utmost confidence in Pete and his entire staff. Great feeling to know that you have a team of professionals there to support you.
Posted by Kiren | August 5, 2013
Very professional, knowledgable and down to earth.
Pete and his team go out of their way to provide a friendly and professional atmosphere and make you feel comfortable while getting to know you and determining the best way in which they can help. Pete draws from a wealth of information when it comes to areas as varied as Trusts and Estates through business transactional advice for new and emerging companies. In our time working with Pete we have come to rely on him as the first stop we make when we have any legal question relating to our business or personal lives.
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Posted by Les | July 23, 2013
Not like most attorneys
Pete acts more like a partner in my business than an attorney. In the past I have been afraid to call an lawyer for advice as I didn't know the size of bill I would receive. This is not the case with Pete...he NEVER nickels and dimes and always is looking out for my best interest. I could go one for hours about successful projects he has handled for us but it makes more sense to just Pete and see for yourself. He is the real deal.
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Posted by Andrew L. | July 15, 2013
CreativeMob - Review
Pete and his team are a pleasure to work with. They know everything you need to know and provide you with the best resources to really grow your business. I've been with them for the past year, and with their expertise and trustworthiness, we've been able to focus on what we do best, while the rest of the business (legally) is well taken care of.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 100-300 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.6 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Potente, A Professional Law Corporation
  • 2007 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Lyman and Potente, APLC
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Associate Attorney
  • The Boss Law Firm
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Associate Attorney
  • Green de Bortnowsky & Quintanilla
  • 2005 - 2006
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  • California Western School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Ohio State University
  • Finance
  • 2003


  • La Jolla Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • Desert Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • The World Trade Center, San Diego
  • 2012 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Corporation Section
  • 2007 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • 2007 - Present
  • Supreme Court of California
  • 2007 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • China International Fair for Investments & Trade
  • The Legal Ramifications of Investment or Incorporating in the United States
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
Endorse Peter
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Great lawyer, attention to client relationships is outstanding. Very knowledgeable."
Business Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I whole heartedly endorse Peter. He is a brilliant lawyer and a wonderful person. Call him for any corporate or transactional matters."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Other
"Pete is a terrific attorney. I have given Pete's name to several clients and friends and they have always provided me with great feedback. Pete is knowledgeable, curteous and makes himself available to his clients and partners in the community."

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La Jolla Corporate and incorporation Lawyer Peter Michael Potente
Peter Michael Potente
Corporate and incorporation Attorney
La Jolla, CA
Licensed for 17 years