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Earll M Pott

Litigation Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   3 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 32 years
    Colorado - CO 28 years
    Minnesota - MN 34 years
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1991
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1995
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State MN
    Acquired 1989
    Not Authorized - Non-payment of fees No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Attorney malpractice defense and a wide variety of business related defense involving claims of trade secrets, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, emotional distress, fraud, malicious prosecution, and conversion. Also specialize in defense of professional licenses before the California Bar and California Medical Board, and Board of Psychology.

    23 years

  2. White collar crime
    Sophisticated white collar practice with one of San Diego's premier white collar defense firms. Defended cases charging mail fraud, wire fraud, securities fraud, embezzlement, public corruption, conflict of interest, and mortgage fraud.

    23 years

  3. Criminal defense
    Extensive experience in defending all types of criminal cases. Have successfully defended clients charged with murder, attempted murder, vehicular homicide, grant theft, robbery, assault, drug possession, forgery, child molestation, and weapons possession.

    33 years

My practice is focused on white-collar criminal defense and related matters, complex federal and state civil business litigation, legal malpractice defense, and state court juvenile and criminal proceedings, including cases alleging theft, embezzlement, fraud, vehicular manslaughter, assault, arson, and murder.  I have substantial experience in matters involving criminal securities fraud, false claims, and political corruption.  I have also defended doctors, psychologists, and real estate professionals in actions initiated by licensing boards.

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Posted by Rob | November 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Very impressed!
I was investigated by the Bureau of Real Estate, which ultimately made an Accusation against me. I was referred to Attorney Earll Pott for legal representation in the matter, and I am so glad to have met Earll. He handled all of the issues that needed handling, while keeping me - the person (including the "fear factor" that naturally comes with being a target of a government investigation) - in mind. I couldn't have asked for a more capable or understanding advocate. In short order, Earll began to see my situation through my eyes, and he allowed me to work with him to represent my side of the rather complex story to the authorities. I am grateful to Earll for the work, experience and wisdom he shared with me, and for helping me to achieve the result I needed. Also, I felt I was treated fairly and respectfully by the entire firm at Klinedinst - including their billing department (not always the case at other law firms...). If a skilled and capable veteran attorney is needed for any professional compliance-related issues, Earll Pott is an excellent choice.
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Posted by Kyle | August 20, 2013
Professional, Personable, and Trustworthy.
Earll was an overall excellent lawyer. His responsiveness and attentiveness to my requests was very timely. The professionalism he displayed always made me feel that he had the case under control, knew all the facts, and was making decisions in my best interest. His concerns were always consistent with my own throughout the matter. I highly recommend Earll.
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Posted by Shawn | April 7, 2010
Highly Recommended
We had a terrific experience with Mr. Pott and we highly recommend him. His civil and criminal defense work was of monumental assistance to us. In spite of the long and difficult subject matter, Mr. Pott remained personable and accessible. For a high-profile public case, Mr. Pott managed to remain focused on helping us get through a difficult time. Should the need arise again, Mr. Pott would be the first person I would contact.
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Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Klinedinst PC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Senior Counsel
  • Klinedinst, PC
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Partner
  • Coughlan, Semmer, Fitch & Pott
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Coughlan, Semmer & Lipman
  • 2001 - 2011
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • San Diego County Public Defender's Office
  • 1991 - 2001
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  • Harvard Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • Carleton College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Legal Cases

  • Huber v. Huber
  • Summary judgment in favor of cross defendant
  • Heisey v. Foote
  • Unanimous defense verdict.
  • People v. Seth Cravens, et. al.
  • Negotiated plea; murder charge dismissed
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  • San Diego Psychological Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • San Diego County Indigent Criminal Defense Grant Fund
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • California Western School of Law
  • Adjunct Professor
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyers Club
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers of San Diego
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2012
  • San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Assn.
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2011
  • American Inns of Court, Lewis Welsh Chapter
  • Barrister
  • 2003 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer (White Collar Criminal Defense)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer (White Collar Criminal Defense)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer (White Collar Criminal Defense)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyer
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2013
  • San Diego Super Lawyer (White collar criminal defense)
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • San Diego Super Lawyer (white collar criminal defense)
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • San Diego Super Lawyer (Criminal Defense: White Collar)
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent Rating
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2011
  • San Diego Super Lawyer (Criminal Defense: White Collar)
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Dedicated Service Award
  • San Diego County Public Defender's Office
  • 1996
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  • CDBA-CDLC Criminal Defense Newsletter
  • The Practice of Criminal Law: Can I Be Sued?
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • SDCDBA January 2012 Meeting
  • Adding Insult to Injury: Criminal Prosecution and the Professional License
  • 2012
  • California Realtor Expo 2011
  • Criminal Defense Issues Affecting Real Estate Professionals
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (7)
Endorse Earll
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Earll is an exceptional criminal defense attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. Highly recommended lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Earll. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Earl is a fantastic lawyer who brings calm to the storm. I would recommend him for anyone in trouble who needs a first rate lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This attorney works very hard for the client and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Your resume speaks for itself and I consider you a valuable member of the attorney community. I would recommend you to anyone and everyone who needs your services. I whole heartedly endorse this lawyer!"
Unknown Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
White collar crime Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Earll Pott is an exceptional lawyer. He excels in all facets of criminal defense and particularly shines in white collar litigation. He can pick apart the government's evidence and also easily navigate the rough and tumble of the courtroom."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Earll Pott is well regarded as a criminal defense attorney. I also endorse him for his skill as a civil litigator, and especially as a defense attorney. He excels in the court room, and of equal importance, his writing skills are top notch. Many cases are won or lost based on how persuasive an attorney can be in briefs to the court. Earll is one of the very best legal writers. His work is thoughtful, well-researched and polished. If you have a client or are a potential client who wants the best chance to succeed in a case in our congested court system, you should not hesitate to hire Earll."
Litigation Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Earll is a great lawyer- smart, efficient, thoughtful, strategic. He has my enthusiastic endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If I were facing a serious criminal charge in San Diego County, Mr. Pott would be the first attorney I would call. Brilliant, innovative, persuasive, personable, resourceful and dynamic are but a small handful of the many descriptions Mr. Pott's top-notch criminal defense work enjoys. For a plethora of reasons but with limited space in this Endorsement, I enthusiastically endorse this superb lawyer's work. Only consider Mr. Pott if you want the Best Results in your case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Earll is a great criminal defense lawyer. He is regularly called upon to defend high-profile prosecutions. He knows the ins and outs of the San Diego court system."
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San Diego Litigation Lawyer Earll M Pott
Earll M Pott
Litigation Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 34 years