James T. Potter is Chair of the Firm’s Litigation department. His practice includes commercial litigation, challenges to the limits of government authority and all facets of complex personal injury litigation. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants at the trial and appellate levels.

Mr. Potter is a member of the Practitioner’s Advisory Group to the Commercial Division of the New York State Unified Court System, the New York Chief Administrative Judge’s Working Group in E-Discovery, and the Committee on Character and Fitness of the Appellate Division, Third Department. He serves as a voluntary Mediator and Early Neutral Evaluator for the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York. He also serves as Town Attorney for the Town of Bethlehem.

Mr. Potter is a past President of the Albany County Bar Association, a past President of the Albany County Bar Foundation, a fellow of the New York Bar Foundation and served on the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates, Task Force on the State of Our Courthouses and Task Force on Eminent Domain.

He is a past member of the Board of Trustees of Albany Law School and is also a past President of the Albany Law School National Alumni Association.

Mr. Potter was the Editor-in-Chief of the Albany Law Review. After graduating from law school, he clerked for the Honorable Domenick L. Gabrielli of the New York State Court of Appeals.


  • B.A., with Distinction, Cornell University 1977
  • J.D., cum laude, Albany Law School 1980

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • United States District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit