Attorney Katie Pothier has left her position as general counsel for the San Diego Padres to join the law firm Wilson Turner Kosmo as a partner.
Her practice will focus on labor and employment counseling and litigation along with business litigation work.
"I've always admired their practice," Pothier said. "I think highly of the individuals who comprise the partnership, and so from that perspective, it was really a perfect fit for me."
Pothier had been a litigator for 10 years prior to joining the Padres in 2002 and jumped at the chance to return to the courtroom.
"I really like being an advocate," she said, "working for your clients and helping them through some tough issues."
Wilson Turner Kosmo represents the Padres, and the firm has worked with Pothier on some employment issues in the past.
"We're all thrilled that she's joining us," said Claudette Wilson, founder of Wilson Turner Kosmo. "She's just a very dynamic, charming person who's smart and articulate. And we're just excited to have her as part of our team.
"Katie's experience in labor matters will significantly expand our expertise in that area."
During her eight-year tenure with the Padres, Pothier assisted the team as it transitioned into Petco Park and provided advice on all disciplines of the business, including litigation, broadcasting and licensing agreements, employment agreements, trademark matters and operational issues.
She also helped with the sale of the franchise to Jeff Moorad's partnership group, oversaw day-to-day legal affairs and the human resources functions of the club.
Pothier was instrumental in developing the Padres' partnership with San Diego State University and its Sports Management MBA Program, where she serves as an advisory board member.
She is happy with all she was able to accomplish with the club.
"I'm going out with 90 wins," she joked, referring to the team's 90-72 season that fell two games short of the playoffs. "I feel pretty good about that."
Pothier will continue to work with the Padres organization as the legal needs arise.
Wilson thinks Pothier will be a great fit.
"One of the things we pride ourselves on is giving practical advice and that our lawyers have some wisdom in terms of business knowledge," Wilson said. "And that's what we're particularly excited about. She has a breadth of experience of being in-house counsel, giving very practical advice and making the hard calls that clients want you to make for them."
Active in the community, Pothier serves on the board of the San Diego chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and is a board member for the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program. She holds a law degree and undergraduate degree from Rutgers University.
Katie Pothier is a partner at Wilson Turner Kosmo, where she specializes in labor and employment counseling and litigation along with business litigation work. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.