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About Garry L. Potts

Clearwater DUI Attorney Garry L. Potts

A native of Daytona Beach, Florida and former Paramedic, Garry Potts attended The Stetson College of Law, where he was appointed Comments Editor of the Stetson Law Review. After graduating from The Stetson College of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree in 1987, Mr. Potts accepted an appointment as an Assistant State Attorney in Pinellas and Pasco Counties. He served in that position for fifteen years, where, as a prosecutor he handled a wide variety of criminal matters, including DUI, domestic violence, drug possession, child abuse, exploitation and other crimes against the elderly, RICO, economic crimes, career criminal, and homicides. Garry Potts has tried in excess of one-hundred jury trials to completion.

After leaving the State Attorney’s Office in October 2002 for private practice, Mr. Potts defended cases for clients throughout the Tampa Bay area. His practice is focused on trial litigation, in the areas of DUI, criminal defense, personal injury, auto accident and slip and falls.

Mr. Potts has served as Co-President of the Barney Masterson American Inn of Court and he is currently the immediate Past – President of the Pinellas County Trial Lawyers’ Association. He has previously served on the adjunct faculty for the Pinellas County Police Academy, through St. Petersburg College. Mr. Potts is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice in the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

  • 21 years since Garry Lee Potts was first licensed to practice law in FL.

Areas of Practice

  • DUI / DWI
  • Criminal Defense
  • Car / Auto Accident
  • Personal Injury
  • White Collar Crime
  • General Practice
  • Juvenile
  • Child Abuse
  • Motorcycle Accident

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1990

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida
    • J.D. – 1987
    • Honors: Best Oralist, Freshman Moot Court (1986)
    • Honors: Teaching Fellow, Research and Writing (1986)
    • Law Review: Stetson Law Review, Comments Editor, 1986 – 1987
  • Stetson University, DeLand, Florida
    • B.B.A. – 1979
    • Major: Accounting

Published Works

  • Consecutive Investigatory Stops: A Closer Look At Requisite Justificat, The Stetson Law Review, 1987

Classes/Seminars

  • Pinellas County Police Academy, St. Petersburg College, 2000 – 2005

Honors and Awards

  • Victim’s Rights Week Award, Area Agency on Aging of Pasco – Pinellas, Inc., 2001

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Secretary, 2012 – 2013
  • Barney Masterson American Inn of Court, Past President, 2006 – 2007
  • Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association, Past President, 2008 – 2009
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Member, 1992 – Present
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association, Member, 2002 – Present
  • Clearwater Bar Association, Member, 2003 – Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 2007 – Present
  • St. Petersburg Airfest, Secretary / Director, 2005 – 2009

Past Employment Positions

  • Brasfield, Fuller, Freeman & O’Hern, P.A., Associate Attorney, 2002 – 2005
  • State Attorney’s Office, Sixth Judicial Circuit (Pinellas & Pasco, Florida) , Assistant State Attorney, 1988 – 2002

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