Sharon L. (Shari) Potter
Chair, White Collar Criminal Defense & Compliance Group | Member in Charge of the Wheeling Office
Wheeling, WV
office 304.230.6960
Pittsburgh, PA
mobile 304.312.4276
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Ms. Potter's primary practice areas include internal corporate investigation, white collar criminal defense, energy law, and complex litigation. She is a member of The Battle Group, Spilman's high-level litigation practice group.


  • Vanderbilt University, B.S.
  • California Western School of Law, J.D.


  • Handling in-house investigations for companies faced with compliance and/or employee crime issues, both in response to government inquiry and as a referral source/liaison with federal and state law enforcement
  • Representing individuals who receive subpoenas for grand jury and interview appearances and target letters
  • Representing medical providers faced with health care fraud investigations and False Claims Act cases
  • Representing individuals and companies faced with EPA and OSHA investigations
  • Representing individuals and business entities in both criminal and civil IRS investigations and prosecutions
  • Representing energy companies defending personal injury lawsuits stemming from drill rig accidents and lease disputes
  • Handling general criminal and civil litigation, including health care fraud, tax evasion, securities & wire fraud, cybercrime and firearms & illegal drug trafficking
  • Working with Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations division and various drug & violent crime task forces
  • Handling abusive trust tax shelter prosecutions, employment tax cases, broker protocol issues and money laundering/financial fraud matters
  • United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, 2006-2009 (Presidential Appointment)
  • Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, 1992-2006
  • Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Berkeley County, West Virginia
  • Assistant District Attorney, Centre County, Pennsylvania
  • Law Clerk, West Virginia Public Service Commission
Chemical Compliance, Privacy & Investigations Deliberate Intent Litigation Health Care Law Litigation Battle Group - Litigation Shale Gas Law White Collar Criminal Defense & Compliance


  • American Inns of Court, William Blackstone Chapter
  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation 2015
  • Nominated by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Commercial Litigation
  • Listed in West Virginia Super Lawyers
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America 2012 (Thomas A. Mesereau Cup Selection Committee)
  • Fellow, West Virginia Bar Foundation, 2011
  • YWCA Tribute to Women Honoree, 2007
  • Honorary Special Agent's Award — Department of Treasury
  • Department of Treasury Chief's Award for prosecution of abusive trust cases
  • Department of Justice Director's Award for Superior Performance - securities fraud/money laundering cases


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Pennsylvania State Bar
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


  • National Association of Former United States Attorneys (NAFUSA) Board of Directors
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Government Enforcement Subcommittee
  • Former Member, Women's Energy Network Board of Directors
  • Former Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Former Member, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
  • American Bar Association
  • Former Member, National Institute of Justice Technical Working Group for Digital Evidence
  • Attorney General's Advisory Subcommittee on Cybercrimes, Law Enforcement Coordination and White Collar Crime

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker, "Corporate Response to Federal Investigation," Association of Corporate Counsel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2012
  • Speaker, Media & Stakeholder Relations Hydraulic Fracturing Initiative, Houston, Texas, 2011
  • Speaker at various government training events, community associations and summits

Community Involvement

  • President, Ohio County Bar Association
  • YWCA Board of Directors
  • Wheeling Skatepark Committee
Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers 2017 Spilman Member Potter Inducted as American Bar Fellow 57 Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers 2016 21 W.Va.-based Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers 56 Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers 2015 Spilman Thomas & Battle Names New Member in Charge of Wheeling Office 55 Spilman Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers 2014  26 Spilman Attorneys Recognized by W.Va. & Va. Super Lawyers Responding to a Federal Investigation Signs of a Federal Investigation Client Granted 100% Relief in IRS Appeal Led by Spilman