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Terry L. Potter

Terry L. Potter

Senior Counsel
St. Louis
office: 314.345.6438
fax: 314.480.1505

Terry’s more than 30 years’ experience means that he’s rarely surprised. There’s no cookie-cutter response to labor and employment law, but his wisdom provides solutions that are not only legally sound, but that advance business goals as well.

Terry concentrates much of his practice on labor and management relations. As former field attorney with the NLRB, he brings invaluable insight to clients.

Terry exhibits depth and breadth which this multilayered group demands; his understanding of the industry enables him to turn obstacles into opportunities. Employment contacts, regulatory issues, worker safety matters, and wage and hour disputes are all well within Terry’s scope. He is adept at union avoidance techniques, and represents employers in collective bargaining, arbitration, and complaints in front of the NLRB. He is also a certified mediator through the Missouri Supreme Court. 

Much of Terry’s experience was earned inside courtrooms in a variety of state and federal courts across the country, including appellate courts. He’s able to assist national companies with state-by-state regulatory landscapes.  

A founding member of the Eighth Circuit Bar Association, Terry is frequently sought after by clients and outside organizations for speaking engagements and training. He’s approachable, realistic, and knows how to get employers the information they need in a way that will be most beneficial.  

Aside from labor and employment law, Terry is active with wildlife associations in the St. Louis area, including a board member of the World Bird Sanctuary and a member of the Gateway Chapter of Trout Unlimited, both of which aim to educate about and protect Missouri’s local wildlife. 




  • The Best Lawyers In America, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Labor & Employment, 2012-2019; Labor Law - Union, 2016-2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor, 2006, 2016-2017


  • J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
  • B.A., University of Missouri-Columbia


  • Missouri
  • Illinois

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Eighth Circuit Bar Association, charter member
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Industrial Relations Research Association, Gateway Chapter
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Society for Human Resource Management Certification Institute, faculty, 2008-present
  • Represented clients and developed strategies for collective bargaining at the local and national level for clients across many industries.
  • Led collective bargaining efforts to:
    • Obtain concessionary agreements without strikes. 
    • Expedite implemented terms post-impasse. 
    • Develop strike and lock-out contingencies.
  • Represented clients during the negotiation process in defending unfair labor practices, responding to corporate campaigns and obtaining relief for strike misconduct.
  • Won favorable decisions from district and appellate courts for metropolitan newspaper over union’s attempt to arbitrate the modification of retirement benefits.
  • Assisted Fortune 500 company in the merger of its operations with another major concern, which included issues regarding union successorship liability and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN).
  • Negotiated a settlement with the Department of Labor regarding a Davis-Bacon dispute, which resulted in a de minimus payment rather than a six-figure amount.
  • Resolved a multi-union labor dispute in the Chicago metropolitan area regarding a multimillion-dollar construction project.
  • Defended Midwestern city in lawsuit filed by former police officer who claimed hostile work environment, sexual harassment, retaliation and constructive discharge. After a week-long trial, the jury reached a verdict in favor of the city on all claims.
Community Leadership
  • Old Newsboys, 2016 and 2017 Business Leaders Teams
  • World Bird Sanctuary, Board of Directors, 2011-present
  • Trout Unlimited - Gateway chapter