Charleston, WV
600 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV 25301
T: (304) 347-1122
F: (304) 347-1746
  • Law Clerk to Justice Pascal F. Calogero, Louisiana Supreme Court (1975-1976)

J.D., Tulane University (1975)

  • Member and Assistant Editor, The Tulane Law Review

B.A., magna cum laude, Newcomb College of Tulane University (1972)

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Member of: Asset (Sophomore Honorary); Mortar Board (Senior Honorary); and Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Outstanding Senior Award
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
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Phyllis M. Potterfield


Phyllis Potterfield concentrates her practice in the areas of product and premise liability, toxic torts and medical monitoring defense and in the defense of related workers’ compensation claims. 

In 1981, after serving for five years as a law clerk and administrative counsel to the Louisiana Supreme Court, she returned to her native West Virginia, where she has represented national and regional chemical, manufacturing, coal and construction companies in both West Virginia state and federal courts, and before Workers’ Compensation Office of Judges and Board of Review. Her experience extends to litigation involving single and multiple plaintiffs, as well as class actions, and has led to extensive knowledge about occupational and other latent diseases and expertise in the selection and preparation of medical, industrial hygiene and toxicological witnesses.

Professional Highlights

  • Past Member, Bowles Rice Executive Committee

  • Past Leader, Bowles Rice Workers’ Compensation Practice Group

  • Chair, West Virginia State Bar Workers’ Compensation Committee (2001-2003)

  • Senior Staff Attorney (1976-1979); Administrative Counsel (1979-1981); Louisiana Supreme Court
  • Member of litigation team that successfully defended an international chemical company in an 11-month trial in federal court against allegations by its employees and former employees of chemically induced injuries

  • Substantial experience representing manufacturers in asbestos litigation, including the first asbestos premise liability cases brought in West Virginia

  • Representation of manufactures in product, premise and worker liability cases involving dioxin, PCBs, PAB, benzene, TCE, acrylamide and other chemical compounds

  • Member of litigation team in the defense of a medical monitoring and property damage class action with over 10,000 putative class members, including the design of medical monitoring settlement plan

  • Substantial experience appearing in West Virginia workers’ compensation claims before the Occupational Pneumoconiosis Board

  • Helped draft the 2003 Business Coalition Workers’ Compensation reform legislation, which later led to the privatization of the West Virginia workers’ compensation system and significant decreases in workers’ compensation premiums for most West Virginia employers

  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America ® (Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants; and Workers' Compensation Law)
  • Peer-Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Tulane University Order of the Coif
  • American Bar Association
  • West Virginia Bar Association (Past Chair, Workers' Compensation Committee)
  • Kanawha County Bar Association
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
  • Defense Research Institute (Toxic Torts & Environmental Law)
  • Special Olympics West Virginia (Games Management Committee,  Summer Games; Past Member, Board of Directors)
  • Special Olympics Kanawha County
  • Charleston Vandalia Rotary Club (Community Service Committee)
  • Clumber Spaniel Club of America (Public Education Chair; Recipient of 2012 President’s Award for Extraordinary Service)

  • Cavalier Rescue USA (West Virginia Coordinator)

  • ARC of Three Rivers, Inc., formerly known as the Association for Retarded Citizens in Kanawha-Putnam Counties, Inc. (Past President and Member, Board of Directors)
  • West Virginia Advocates, Inc. (Past Member, Board of Directors)