Tony A. Potter is a Partner of Ward Potter LLC, where he uses his experiences in general civil, trial, and appellate practice to represent clients. In 1995 Tony started a private practice in Hill City, Kansas but has always represented clients dealing with family law issues. “Practicing law in Northwest Kansas requires the ability to represent clients in several areas of the law, sometimes in the same case. You have to have a broad focus to be able to handle it all,” says Potter.
In 2013 Tony moved his practice to Wichita, Kansas where he focused on family law cases, particularly child custody and high conflict divorce matters. “I wanted to be able to specialize in family law, and my work with Ward Potter allows me to do so and gives me the chance to really help people,” Potter says. “I’m very pleased to be working with Lynn. It’s a real opportunity to work with an expert in the field, incorporating what I know from my years of practice, as well as learning from her years of experience in family law.”
The desire to practice law is a family tradition for Tony. As a four-year-old boy, he remembers telling his mother that he was going to be a lawyer like his grandfather and great-grandfather. That’s not too hard to envision considering his Great-Grandfather was one of the last to actually “read” for the bar exam in Nebraska before it was changed to a written test format. In addition, Tony’s grandfather was an attorney who practiced in both Nebraska and Colorado for almost 50 years.
Tony received his Juris Doctorate from Washburn School of Law in 1994, and has been continually licensed to practice law in Kansas since 1995. Tony has appeared as counsel in 12 different judicial districts in Kansas encompassing more than 55 counties, the Federal District Court for Kansas, Kansas Supreme Court and Kansas Court of Appeals, Kansas Department of Revenue, Kansas Court of Tax Appeals, Kansas Department of Labor, and the Kansas Corporation Commission.
Tony is a member of the Kansas Bar Association, the Wichita Bar Association, Wichita Bar Association Family Law Committee, and the Northwest Kansas Bar Association. In 2019 Tony was named a Fellow with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, as well as graduating from the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, with an emphasis on family law. Tony was named an “Outstanding Attorney” in 2002 by the U.S. Department of Justice Trial Advocacy and was recognized for an “Outstanding Brief” in 2003 by the United States Department of Justice Appellate Advocacy. His commitment to his clients was also recognized in 2018 when he was acknowledged as a “AV” attorney, peer rated for high professional achievement by Martindale-Hubbell, and he enjoys a 10.0 rating from the Avvo attorney website.
Tony grew up in Colby, Kansas, and his parents still live in Northwest Kansas. Tony and his wife, Dru, are members of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, and have one son, Graham, age 20.