Katie Pothier joined WTK on November 1, 2010 after finishing her eighth season as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the San Diego Padres - where she advised the Club on all disciplines of the business, supervising outside counsel, enforcing intellectual property rights, providing risk management advice and establishing and implementing best practices for daily operations and long-term planning. In addition to overseeing the Padres day-to-day legal affairs, Ms. Pothier supervised the Human Resources functions of the Club to ensure legal compliance and achieve best practices in all areas of employee relations. Ms. Pothier also managed the Club’s relationship with its union work force and had the unique opportunity to represent the Club during baseball salary arbitrations. Prior to joining the Padres, Ms. Pothier worked as a trial lawyer at the law firm of Coughlan, Semmer and Lipman for seven years where her practice included litigating complex business and white-collar criminal matters including actions involving legal malpractice, health care billing fraud, criminal tax matters, political corruption, financial institution fraud and securities fraud.
At WTK, Ms. Pothier will draw on her litigation experience and in-house experience to counsel and defend clients in a variety of business and employment matters including: wage and hour issues; effective performance management; union grievances; general business disputes; and complex business litigation. Ms. Pothier was honored to be designated as one of San Diego’s Top Corporate Counsel by the San Diego Daily Transcript in 2008 and 2010.
Pothier has a keen interest in sports and the business of sports and was integral part in establishing the Padres unique partnership with San Diego State University and its Sports Management MBA Program. In addition, Pothier is a strong supporter of community efforts and currently serves as a board member for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, San Diego Chapter where she served as chair, and as a board member for the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program. A native of New Jersey, Pothier earned both her undergraduate and her law degree from Rutgers University.