Catherine A. Potthast

Top rated civil litigation attorney in Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland

Catherine A. Potthast, P.A.
Catherine A. Potthast
Catherine A. Potthast, P.A.

Practice Areas: Civil litigation, Administrative law, Appellate; view more

Licensed in Maryland since: 1985

Education: University of Baltimore School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2010, 2012, 2021 - 2023
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Catherine A. Potthast, P.A.

2324 West Joppa Road
Suite 425
Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093 Visit website


Catherine A. Potthast represents clients in the Baltimore, Maryland, metropolitan area and in Maryland State and Federal courts.  She handles legal issues related to insurance law, which includes appellate practice, toxic tort matters, flood, water damage and property damage, wind damage, roofing claims, mold claims, lead paint, environmental matters, insurance coverage defense, personal injury defense, and lead paint defense. During her career, she has handled local, state and federal administrative proceedings, and regulatory compliance issues for multi and single-family rental property owners.  She is licensed in Maryland and the District of Columbia.  She handles administrative appeals and Notices of Violations in the Office of Administrative Hearings, OAH Maryland Insurance Administration, MIA Department of the Environment, MDE and other agencies.  She frequently attends mediations, arranges insurance appraisals, and seeks to resolve her clients' disputes focusing on the potential cost savings available from alternative dispute resolution.  (ADR)

In 1981, Ms. Potthast graduated from Saint Michael’s College with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science. She then attended the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor and has since led a successful career spanning more than three decades in defense matters and as personal counsel to policyholders.

For her excellent work in insurance law, Baltimore magazine named her a Top Attorney in Maryland in 2021, and for her high ethical standards she holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell. Ms. Potthast is admitted to practice in the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Ms. Potthast has published in both the GPSolo Magazine and the Lead Paint book chapter of the American Bar Association. At the beginning of her career, she worked as a trial attorney who defended general liability claims, product liability and medical malpractice cases for insurance companies in both federal and state courts, along with the Health Claims Arbitration Office. Her experience on both sides of the issue allows her to understand when negotiation is best or when a case is likely to be successful at trial.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Civil litigation: defense, Administrative law, Appellate, Environmental, Insurance coverage, Personal injury - general: plaintiff

Focus areas

Insurance, Bad faith insurance, Insurance defense, Toxic mold

  • 50% Civil litigation: defense
  • 10% Administrative law
  • 10% Appellate
  • 10% Environmental
  • 10% Insurance coverage
  • 10% Personal injury - general: plaintiff

First Admitted: 1985, Maryland

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
Educational Background:
  • Saint Michael's College, Colchester Vermont, Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science, 1981
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • American Bar Association, Environmental Aspects of Real Estate and Commercial Transactions: From Brownfields to Green Buildings, Co-Author, "Lead Paint" Book Chapter, 2009
  •  American Bar Association, “Lead Paint -Beyond the Landlord-Tenant Context”, GPSolo Magazine, 2001
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2020
  • Top Attorneys in Maryland, Baltimore Magazine, 2021
Industry Groups:
  • Homeowners
  • Insurance
  • Lead Paint Defense
  • Multifamily Property Owners
  • Petroleum
  • Property Managers
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Rental property owners
  • Small Businesses

Office location for Catherine A. Potthast

2324 West Joppa Road
Suite 425
Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093

Phone: 410-844-7112


6 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2010, 2012, 2021 - 2023

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