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Debora Potter Top 100 Women

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Debbie was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. After graduating from Springbrook High School in Montgomery County, she attended the University of Maryland College Park. She thereafter attended University of Maryland Law School, graduating with honors in 1990.

She moved to Annapolis and clerked for the Honorable Warren Duckett. She began her career in private practice, defending lawsuits against insurance companies. After five years, she changed her practice focus to represent only the victims of negligence.

She made a name for herself by obtaining a $26.4 million verdict against Ford Motor Company. Her client was involved in a motor vehicle collision, and was trapped by a seatbelt inside a burning vehicle. The client was badly burned, resulting in the amputation of his right arm and leg. She successfully sued Ford Motor Company for the design defect.

Named to the list of Top 100 Women in the state by The Daily Record twice, Debbie has been extremely active in a variety of organizations throughout the state. She is one of the founders of Court Appointed Special Advocates- Anne Arundel County, a non profit organization that trains volunteers to represent children in the court system. She served as the youngest President of the Anne Arundel Bar Association. She also served as the first female President of the University of Maryland Terrapin Club. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Maryland College Park.

Debbie resides in Annapolis, Maryland.

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 1990


  • University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland
    • J.D.
    • Honors: With Honors
  • University of Maryland College Park, College Park, Maryland, 1987
    • B.A.
    • Major: Economics

Honors and Awards

  • The Daily Record, Top 100 Women, 2015 and 2010
  • Women Leaders in the Law, The American Lawyer Magazine 2013
  • Ed Shea Professionalism Award from the Maryland State Bar Association 2002
  • Anne Arundel Bar Association Trustees Award 2003
  • Super Lawyer, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Maryland State Bar Association, Executive Committee 2014-2016
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2000-2001; 2013-2016
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Member 1991 to present
  • Court of Appeals Rules Committee, 2000 – 2013
  • Court of Appeals Professionalism Commission, 2003 – 2007
  • University of Maryland Law School, Alumni Board, 2007 to present
  • University of Maryland College Park Board of Trustees, 2007 to Present
  • Executive Committee, 2010 to Present
  • Nominating Committee, Chair 2010 to Present
  • Anne Arundel Bar Association, 1991 to Present
    • President, 1999-2000
  • Anne Arundel Bar Foundation, 1990 to Present
    • President, 1998 – 1999
  • Prince George County Bar Association, 1999 to Present
  • Maryland Association for Justice,
    • Board Member, 2012
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates – Anne Arundel County,
    • Founding Member
  • University of Maryland Terrapin Club, 1987 to Present
    • President, 2003 – 2004
  • University of Maryland Alumni Association, 1987 to Present
    • Board Member, 2003 – 2004
    • Legal Aid, 2002 – Present
    • Co Chair Campaign
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating 10.1 “Superb”

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Areas of Practice

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Nursing Home Negligence
  • Slip and Falls