Mr. Pottorff has more than 35 years experience assisting clients in a variety of real estate matters including representing buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants, lenders and borrowers in connection with all types of properties, including office, industrial, agricultural and multi-family properties. He has particular expertise in timberland transactions, having represented buyers and sellers in large timberland transactions nationwide and abroad.
Mr. Pottorff has spoken at numerous seminars and conferences on timberland law and investing, and he is the co-author of “Hunters, Trespassers, and Fires: Liability Concerns for Timberland Owners” published in The Natural Resources Law Manual 167 (Richard J. Fink ed., 1995). From 2007 through 2023, he has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®. Mr. Pottorff is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Atlanta Bar Association. He is a past Chairman of the Forest Resources Committee of the Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (SONREEL) of the American Bar Association.
Originally from Charleston, West Virginia, Mr. Pottorff earned his B.A. degree in 1982 from the University of Dayton. He received his J.D. degree in 1985 from the Emory University School of Law. Mr. Pottorff attended law school as a Robert W. Woodruff Fellow, and while there he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Emory Law Journal. He joined Smith, Gambrell & Russell in 1992 after having practiced with two other Atlanta law firms.