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Derek Heath Potts

Derek Heath Potts


Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Lawyer
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Potts Law Firm, LLP
Westwood, KS

About Derek Heath Potts

Attorney Biography

As founder and Managing Partner of The Potts Law Firm, Derek Potts focuses his casework on complex litigation and trials, including mass torts, pharmaceutical matters, and medical device cases. He has become a respected name among the legal community, serving in various national litigation leadership roles, speaking at numerous seminars throughout the country, and obtaining landmark jury verdicts and settlements for his clients.

His impressive list of awards and honors includes recognition among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers, being selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America and being named Best of the Bar by the Kansas City Business Journal and American Lawyer Media, and Martindale-Hubbell granted him the title of Top Rated Lawyer in Mass Torts in 2013.

Among his many professional associations, Mr. Potts is a member of the American Association for Justice, where he served on the Board of Governor for New Lawyers for three years. He has also served on the Board of Governors for the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys and the Kansas Association for Justice. He is also a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.

Mr. Potts attended William Jewell College, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in History. His scholarship earned him admittance into Phi Alpha Delta, the largest co-ed professional law fraternity in the country. He was also named a member of Mortar Board, a national honor society recognizing outstanding students. After college, he pursued his Juris Doctor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, where he made the Dean’s List, participated as a member of the National Appellate Advocacy Team, and received the Judge Conrad B. Duberstein Appellate Advocacy Award.

Among the many cases he has been a part of, Mr. Potts has served in leadership positions for multiple national litigations, including acting as Liaison and Co-Lead Counsel in In Re Mentor Corp. Obtape Transobturator Sling Products Liability Litigation, MDL Case No. 2004 and leading the bellwether trial team in In Re Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch Products Liability Litigation, MDL Case No. 1842 where he was also a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering committee. He currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee for the plaintiffs in transvaginal mesh consolidated litigation, including In Re C.R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL Case No. 2187; In Re American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL Case No. 2325; In Re Boston Scientific Corp., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL Case No. 2326; In Re Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL Case No. 2327; In Re Coloplast Corp., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL Case No. 2387; In Re Cook Medical Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL Case No. 2440; and In Re Neomedic Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL Case No. 2511. He was appointed Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel in California’s Judicial Council Coordinated Proceedings for all Xarelto cases. He is also Plaintiffs’ co-lead counsel in the CR Bard and Neomedic MDLs.

He is licensed in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, New York, and Texas, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the District of Kansas, Eastern District of Missouri, Western District of Missouri, Eastern District of Arkansas, Western District of Arkansas, Southern District of New York, Southern District of Texas, Western District of Texas, and the District of West Virginia, and the Middle District of Georgia.


Practice Areas

 
Personal Injury (25%)
 
Medical Malpractice (25%)
 
Mass Tort (25%)
 
Class Action (25%)

Résumé - Derek Heath Potts

Bar Licenses

Kansas State Bar
Kansas
Member in Good Standing

Missouri State Bar
Missouri
Member in Good Standing

New York State Bar
New York
Member in Good Standing

Texas State Bar
Texas
Member in Good Standing

Arkansas State Bar
Arkansas
Member in Good Standing

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Work Experience

Potts Law Firm, LLP
National Managing Partner of Potts Law Firm, LLP
2006

Education

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
Juris Doctor

William Jewell College
Bachelor of Arts

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Associations

Texas Trial Lawyers Association
Member
Texas Trial Lawyers Association

 Arizona Trial Lawyers Association
Arizona Trial Lawyers Association

Member
Board of Governors
20092014

Member
UMKC School of Law's Litigation Advisory Committee
2008

Member
Missouri Association of Trial Attorney
2001

Member
American Association for Justice (AAJ/ATLA)
1995

Member
Texas State Bar

Member
New York State Bar

Member
Missouri State Bar

Member
Missouri Bar Professionalism Committee

Arkansas State Bar

Houston Trial Lawyers Assocation

Kansas Association for Justice

Kansas State Bar

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Awards & Recognitions

Top 100 Trial Lawyers
The National Trial Lawyers
2014

Top Rated Lawyer in Mass Torts
American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell
2013

Top 100 Trial Lawyers
The National Trial Lawyers
2011

Best of the Bar
Kansas City Business Journal
2011

Thomas J. Conway Young Trial Lawyers’ Award
Kansas City Missouri Bar Association
2008

Up and Coming Lawyers Under 40
Missouri Lawyers Weekly
2002

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Contact Derek Heath Potts

Derek Heath Potts
Potts Law Firm, LLP
1901 W 47th Place Suite 210
Westwood, KS 66205
www.potts-law.com
Kansas Office: 816-931-2230
Arkansas Office: 888-902-6245

Secondary Address:
425 W Capitol Avenue Suite 3801
Little Rock, AR 72201

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