Mr. Pothitakis was born in Fort Madison, Iowa. He attended the University of Iowa from 1984 through 1988 obtaining a Degree in Finance and a Degree in Economics with Honors and with High Distinction. He enrolled in the Fall of 1988 at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in the Summer of 1991. Since then Mr. Pothitakis has practiced primarily in the areas of workers’ compensation and personal injury. The Pothitakis Law Firm, P.C. has offices in Burlington and Keokuk, Iowa, but prides itself on its statewide practice.
Mr. Pothitakis was the 2015 President of the Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Inc. He is a 2015 member of the Board of Governors of the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Pothitakis was a Board Member of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Iowa State Bar Association from 2000 through 2002. He was a member of the Workers’ Compensation Core Group of the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association from 1999 through 2001. Mr. Pothitakis has been a long-standing member of the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association and the American Trial Lawyers Association. He has received a number of recent honors, including being named the 2019 and 2020 Best Lawyers in Iowa; 2019 and 2020 Super Lawyers list; and 2020 National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers.
Mr. Pothitakis is a lifelong resident of Southeast Iowa. He is married to Carrie and they have three children.
University of Iowa, BBA Finance and
Economics with High Distinction, 1988
University of Texas School of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence 1991
Since 2013, Mr. Pothitakis has been selected to the Iowa Super Lawyers list. No more than 5% of the lawyers in Iowa are selected by Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers, a Thomas Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Mr. Pothitakis has been selected by his peers to the Best Lawyers of America list in the field of Workers’ Compensation Law every year since 2013. Since the list was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.
Mr. Pothitakis has an AV Peer Review rating for ethical standards and legal ability from Martindale-Hubbell. The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review ratings help buyers of legal services identify, evaluate, and select the most appropriate lawyer for a specific task at hand. Lawyer ratings serve as an objective indicator that a lawyer has the highest ethical standards and professional ability.
The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers is an invitation only national organization composed of America’s Top Trial Lawyers. Membership is extended solely to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and profile as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers.
Mr. Pothitakis is available to prepare and deliver seminars on a range of topics. Please contact him to find out how you can invite him to speak at your next gathering. Some of his past speaking engagements include:
|SPEECH TITLE||SPONSOR||COURSE TITLE||DATE|
|Getting Your Case From File to Trial||IAI||Work Comp Fall Seminar||2016|
|Factors Affecting Industrial Disability||IWAC||33rd Annual Seminar||2011|
|Topic: Odd Lot Doctrine||IWAC||31st Annual Seminar||2009|
|Work Comp 101: Boning Up On the Basics||ITLA||17th Annual Work Comp Seminar||2008|
|Intakes — The Good, The Bad, The Ugly||ISBA||2006 Workers’ Comp Seminar||2006|
|New Rules of the Commissioner||IWAC||41st Annual Workers’ Compensation Symposium||2003|
|Just Say No||ITLA||12th Annual Workers’ Compensation Seminar||2003|
|Rapid Fire: News You Can Use||ITLA||Annual Workers’ Compensation Seminar||2001|
|Alternate Medical Care: Proceed at Your Own Risk||IWAC||Annual Seminar||2000|
|The Return to Work: Restrictions, Light Duty, Termination||ITLA||9th Annual Workers’ Compensation Seminar||2000|
|Experts-When We Need Them, How to Find Them, and Preparing Them to Give Opinions||ITLA||Evidence and Discovery Seminar||1999|
|Rate the Disability Panel||ISBA||Workers’ Compensation Seminar||1999|
|Quick Tips to Improve Your Practice||ITLA||8th Annual Workers’ Compensation Seminar||1999|
|Four Ideas in 60 Minutes: A fast paced panel discussion.||ITLA||6th Annual Workers’ Compensation Seminar||1997|
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"The Pothitakis Law firm is very professional. Caring and understanding. They really do care about their clients. They don't treat clients like clients but as friends and make difficult situations easier and they take all the stress and burdens off of their clients' backs in a professional way. Great people/friends to work with. I would highly recommend them to anyone and everyone."