Terry L. Potter: Lawyer with Husch Blackwell LLP

Terry L. Potter

St. Louis,  MO  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Technology
  • Manufacturing & Transportation
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction & Design
  • Labor & Employment
  • Labor & Management Relations
Contact InfoTelephone: 314.345.6438
Fax: 314.480.1505
University University of Missouri-Columbia, B.A., 1977
Law SchoolUniversity of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., 1980
Admitted1980, Missouri; 1981, 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


A former field attorney with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Terry views labor and employment cases from an insider's perspective. He represents employers in collective bargaining, arbitrations, union avoidance techniques and matters before the NLRB and various state public labor relations boards.

Terry also advises employers in employment discrimination matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), related state agencies and before state and federal courts. He represents employers regarding numerous regulatory issues, wage and hour laws, restrictive covenant agreements, worker safety issues and public policy discharge matters. He also practices construction and design law. Terry is a member of the firm's Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team.

Awards and Recognitions

The Best Lawyers In America, Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management, Litigation-Labor & Employment, 2012-2015

•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor, 2006

Civic Involvement

Missouri Chamber of Commerce

•World Bird Sanctuary, Board of Directors, 2011-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 multiunion 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.

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9.13.14 US and EU Tighten Sanctions Against Russian Banks, Defense and Energy Sectors
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9.12.14 Federal Contractors Get Slammed Again Regarding New Disclosure Provisions, St. Louis Construction News & Review
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8.18.14 The Most Important Issue in Arbitration

8.05.14 Federal Contractors Get Slammed Again Regarding New Disclosure Provisions

8.01.14 Joint Employer Part Deux

7.31.14 Update on Illinois DOT Program
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation

7.30.14 Thank You, Harry

7.23.14 Arbitration v. Litigation, Which Is Better for You?

6.27.14 NLRB Recess Appointments Found Unlawful by Supreme Court

In The News

8.19.14 Husch Blackwell Boasts 106 Best Lawyers on 2015 List, Seven Lawyers of the Year
Energy & Natural Resources ; Financial Services ; Food & Agribusiness ; Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals ; Real Estate, Development & Construction ; Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation
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8.16.13 Best Lawyers 2014 Names 109 from Husch Blackwell, 13 Lawyers of the Year
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals ; Real Estate, Development & Construction ; Financial Services ; Energy & Natural Resources
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1.11.13 Husch Blackwell Launches New Blog on Labor Relations Issues
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8.23.12 2013 Best Lawyers Includes 106 Husch Blackwell Attorneys in 56 Practice Areas and 7 States
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9.06.11 More Than 100 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2012


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The Most Important Issue in Arbitration
Terry L. Potter, August 21, 2014
I am commonly asked what I believe is the most important issue when it comes to arbitration. For me the answer is always the same, whether we are talking about a labor arbitration, a construction dispute, or any other arbitration. The most important issue in any arbitration is the selection of...

Federal Contractors Get Slammed Again Regarding New Disclosure Provisions
Terry L. Potter, August 11, 2014
It seems that every time we turn around there is another Executive Order placing additional burdens on federal contractors. This time it is the Fair Play and Safe Workplace Executive Order which President Obama signed on July 31. Under this new Executive Order, before prospective contractors can...

Arbitration v. Litigation, Which Is Better for You?
Terry L. Potter, July 28, 2014
Although ADR programs have been in existence for many years, given the recent green light by the Supreme Court regarding the use of arbitration, its application is being reassessed and applied by a number of entities in an effort to control the overwhelming cost of litigation, both in terms of the...

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Terry L. Potter

190 Carondelet Plaza, Suite 600
St. LouisMO 63105-3441


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