By Gina Passarella
Of the Legal Staff
Potts spent 10 years as a financial services partner with Blank Rome in Philadelphia before being appointed to HUD in 2010. While at HUD, Potts first served as deputy regional counsel for Region III, which includes all of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. In early 2013, Potts accepted a detail to HUD’s headquarters in Washington to provide specialized legal counsel on a variety of issues related to the administration of Federal Housing Administration health care loan insurance programs.
At Griesing Law, Potts will focus on real estate and transactional matters. Her representations while in private practice have included real estate development and finance matters; advising clients with respect to procurement and contracts matters, construction and insurance issues; and structuring and negotiating public-private partnerships and equal opportunity plans for private and public sector development projects.
While at Blank Rome, Potts served as the outside general counsel for a municipal waste hauling company, Griesing Law said. Before joining Blank Rome in 2000, Potts served for eight years in the City of Philadelphia Law Department. She began in that department as a deputy city solicitor and ended as a first deputy city solicitor. In addition, she served as the Law Department’s representative on the City of Philadelphia’s Board of Pensions and Retirement.
Potts’ governmental experience also includes serving as real estate section chief for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Atlanta from 1991 to 1993. In addition, she was pro bono counsel to the African American Museum in Philadelphia for more than 17 years.
“We are proud and delighted to have such an impressive lawyer as Barbara Potts join our firm,” Griesing Law founder Francine Griesing said in a statement. “Barbara brings a wealth of experience that expands our growing transactional capabilities.”