Curriculum Vitae of Jim W. Potts JD


43 years executive management experience

43 years supervisory and managerial experience

43 years administrative experience

43 years experience as a keynote speaker

Published Author of four books

Very strong work ethic

Master Teacher/ University Level

Captain, L. A. County Sheriff’s Dept. (Reserve) (Retired) (P.O.S.T Certified Terrorist Investigator)

California Licensed Real Estate Broker

Selected-Uniform Reserve of the Year (Altadena-1999)

Holder-Juris Doctorate Degree (1981)

Holder-B.A. Degree (History-1977)

Lorman Education Services Seminar Speaker

Certified Mediator-L.A. County Bar Association (Resolving workplace disputes)

Past President/ Founding Member, Corporate Advisory Committee

to the L.A. County Commission on Human Relations

Past President, California Association of Unemployment Tax Organizations


Doctorate-Juris Doctorate, University of West Los Angeles

Bachelor of Arts-Cal State Los Angeles

Faculty Certification Training, University of Phoenix

Graduate-L.A. County Sheriff’s Academy

P.O.S.T. Certified Terrorist Investigator Training


Proskauer Rose LLP Employment Law Seminars

Morrison and Foerster Employment Law Seminars

Personnel Law Seminar Series

Sexual Harassment Seminars

Substance Abuse Seminars

Unemployment Insurance Seminars

Lorman Education Seminars

Los Angeles County Bar Association-Mediation


National Employers Counsel (March 1980-Jan 1992)

JWP Consulting Group (1992-2002)

Potts, Armstrong and Associates ( Nov 1994-Sept 1999)

Potts & Associates (Sept 1999- to the present)

Over the past 43 years I have represented and assisted over 1,000 employers from “Mom and Pop” shops to companies with over 30,000 employees. Such companies have included but are not limited to ITT, Litton Industries, Star Kist, Avon, Farmers Insurance, Avery International, Upjohn Healthcare, National Medical Enterprises, Bargain Wholesale (99cents only stores), Dunn Edwards Paint Stores, Starving Students, and Miller Brewing Company. Industries have included but are not limited to Manufacturing, Banking Institutions, Insurance Companies, Hotels, Car Rental Agencies, Staffing Companies, Law Firms, Doctors, Vets, Dentist, Airlines, Movie Studios, Automobile Dealerships, Lending Institutions, Real Estate Management Companies, Retail Stores, Vocational Schools and Fast Food Chains.

State and Federal Agencies

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing logoCalifornia Employment Development Department (& similar state unemployment agencies nationally)

California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (& similar state agencies nationally)

California Department of Fair Employment & Housing

California Workers Compensation Appeals Board

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Locally & nationally)

Services Offered

 Unemployment Cost Control (including but not limited to claims processing, appeal processing, hearing representation and Board Appeals).

Compliance (Immigration and Naturalization I-9’s, Wage & Hour, FMLA, ADA, State & Federal postings, Workers Compensation, Illness and Injury Prevention Programs, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, ADEA, , Civil Rights Act of 1991, The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, The Fair Employment & Housing Act)

Human Resources Assistance (hiring & firing policies, practices & procedures, establish, review, and maintain personnel files, develop and review personnel forms, review, develop and maintain job descriptions, review and development employee handbooks, review and development personnel policies, practices and procedures, progressive discipline, personnel related issues, investigations regarding harassment (all forms), consulting regarding workplace issues, conflict resolution between employees and or staff members, and employee grievances.


Alternative Dispute Resolution-Representing clients before Mediators to resolve workplace disputes.

Mediator-Acting as a neutral Mediator to help companies resolve workplace disputes.



The Supervisor’s Job: An overview, Becoming a Leader, Motivation, Communication, Problem Solving, Interviewing & Hiring, Delegating & Monitoring, Handling Conflict, Evaluating, Managing Time, Evaluating Performance, Managing Time, Managing Meetings, Team Building, Performance Management & Discipline, Legal Considerations (Including Title VII of the Civil Right Act of 1964, ADEA, ADA, FMLA, The Fair Employment & Housing Act) Diversity in the Workplace, Sexual Harassment and Violence in the Workplace (Active Shooter Training).


Sexual Harassment, Diversity in the Workplace, Discrimination, and Violence in the Workplace (Active Shooter Training).

University of Phoenix-Classes taught-Graduate and Undergraduate

Business Law

Employment Law

Contemporary Business Law I and II

Legal Environment of Business

Foundations of Criminal Justice

Introduction to Criminal Justice

Professional Ethics and Social Responsibility

The Legal Aspects of Supervision

Ethics-Legal Issues in Human Services

Enterprise Risk

Corporate Governance

United States Constitutional Law

Criminal Law

Criminal Procedure

Expert Witness

I have been an expert witness over the past 20 years. The standard issues have included, but not limited to, sexual harassment, harassment in violation of Title VII, the Fair Employment and Housing Act, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, negligent hiring, negligent retention, negligent supervisor, and sexual orientation (A University’s obligation to divulge the identity of a transgender student to the other students).

James W. Potts, JD

______________ Expert Witness ______________
(626) 396-1070

Pasadena, CA