Donovan D. Potter, Sr., is an experienced attorney in Beasley Allen’s Personal Injury and Products Liability Section, working out of the firm’s Atlanta office. Donovan represents survivors of catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases involving heavy trucks, negligent security, and product liability cases. Throughout Donovan’s career, he has litigated numerous cases in both state and federal courts throughout Georgia and across the country.
Prior to joining Beasley Allen, Donovan practiced civil defense litigation at a mid-sized firm in Atlanta and as an associate city attorney for the City of Atlanta, where he handled various types of cases including automobile and trucking litigation, catastrophic injury and wrongful death, negligent security, governmental liability and product liability. He has counseled clients through litigation involving significant injuries such as severe traumatic brain injuries, sexual assaults and wrongful death. Donovan’s prior experience as a defense attorney gives him a unique perspective in understanding how insurance companies work, which he now uses for his clients’ benefit.
Awards and Ratings
He is licensed to practice law in all Georgia Courts, the Court of Appeals of Georgia, the Supreme Court of Georgia, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Donovan was nominated by his peers for Best Lawyers in America (2020 Edition) for Personal Injury Litigation, Insurance Litigation and Products Liability Litigation.
Donovan is a member of the Georgia State Bar, Gate City Bar Association, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA) and American Association for Justice (AAJ). He was recently selected to be one of only 18 lawyers named to the 2020-2021 GTLA LEAD program, which assembles the top rising trial lawyers in Georgia.
The Miami University graduate earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the Farmer School of Business and a second Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health graduating in 2011. Donovan was a scholarship football player at Miami and earned the Redhawk Scholar Athlete Award for four years.
He earned his law degree in 2014 from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. In law school, Donovan was a member of the Journal of Law & Education and competed in a transactional and negotiation moot court competition in Chicago, Illinois. He also served as Vice President of the Black Law Student Association.
Donovan was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. Donovan is married to his high school sweetheart, the former Kiera Hollis, and they have one son, Donovan Jr. He is a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church. Donovan and his family live on the westside in the City of Atlanta, and he enjoys reading, watching college sports, and spending time with his family.
Committed to helping others and giving back to his community, Donovan is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., a board member and volunteer of Handshake Atlanta and serves as a governing board member for Westside Atlanta Charter School and also a board member and Vice Chairman of Grove Park Renewal, Inc., a neighborhood non-profit.