Jim is the founder and CEO of Potts & Associates in Pasadena, which specializes in assisting, training, and representing businesses to assure their compliance with state and federal employment laws.
He is a native New Yorker who earned a BA degree in history from California State University at Los Angeles and a Juris Doctor from the University of West Los Angeles Law School. During his last year in law school, Jim began working for National Employers Council. Jim rose to corporate senior vice president after he successfully introduced new programs to assist their clients in all aspects of human resources and representation in the employment law arena. In 1992, Jim left after thirteen years and formed JWP Consulting Group. Within a few years, he joined forces with Judy Armstrong, an eighteen-year veteran of the industry, which specialized in non-profits. This decision gave Jim an added dimension to his client base. Potts, Armstrong & Associates was in the right place at the right time and began to grow rapidly. In 1999, after viewing the increasingly positive market opportunities and trends, Jim again branched out and formed Potts & Associates. With this move Jim, along with his longtime associate, Maria Raygoza, took his new organization to an even higher level by adding employers that operate their businesses on a national level. Jim now has a large staff to assist him with over three hundred clients.
Jim is a keynote speaker in high demand by employer advocacy groups, a certified mediator, and expert witness specializing in employment law and workplace rights. Jim was also a reserve deputy sheriff for 17 years with the rank of Captain and a master teacher for the University of Phoenix, an honor only afforded to the top twenty-percent of their instructors.
Jim’s blog, “Listen Up!” has fans in 55 countries and receives approximately 2,000 new hits a month.
Every Saturday morning, “Listen Up” with Jim Potts is on air, where Jim discusses employment law related issues. The podcast can be found on his website as well as on itunes.
Jim has authored two books, Right to Counsel (Sourcebooks, July 2008) and Walking on Eggshells (Dorrance Publishing November, 2013). He is currently working with co-author, Serita Stevens, on The Master’s Will, an historical thriller based on a true story.