Phyllis M. Potterfield practices extensively in chemical, asbestos and other toxic tort litigation and related workers’ compensation claims. She has developed substantial medical knowledge in occupational diseases and in the selection and preparation of expert medical, industrial hygiene and toxicological witnesses. Ms. Potterfield regularly represents chemical and other manufacturing companies in premise, products and employer liability claims.
Ms. Potterfield is a past chair of the Workers’ Compensation Committee of the West Virginia State Bar Association. She helped to draft the 2003 Business Coalition Workers’ Compensation reform legislation. Additionally, she assists with organizing and presenting at seminars on workers’ compensation law and related issues. Currently, Ms. Potterfield is a member of both the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia and DRI, the Voice of the Defense Bar.
Her community activities include Rotary, West Virginia Special Olympics and Clumber Spaniel Club of America. She is Past President and Director of the Association for Retarded Citizens in Kanawha-Putnam Counties, Inc. (now the ARC of Three Rivers, Inc.).
Ms. Potterfield is a Phi Beta Kappa undergraduate from Newcomb College of Tulane University. She served on the Law Review prior to graduating from Tulane University College of Law in 1975 as a member of the Order of Coif. She is a former law clerk to Justice Pascal F. Calagero of the Louisiana Supreme Court and Administrative counsel to the Louisiana Supreme Court before returning home to West Virginia in 1981.