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Natalie Brouwer Potts Senior Counsel

Areas of Practice

Industries

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Education

Cornell Law School, J.D., 2000

University of Chicago, B.A., 1992

Language

Natalie Brouwer Potts is a Senior Counsel in Dykema's Chicago office. She is an experienced labor and employment attorney who focuses her practice on serving public and private sector higher education clients. Ms. Potts has substantial expertise in Title IX, a specialized compliance area for colleges and universities, elementary and secondary schools, and school districts nationwide. Prior to joining Dykema, Ms. Potts represented clients as an employment litigator at management side law firms, taught several law school clinics as a Clinical Assistant Professor and served as a senior administrator at two large state universities.

Experience

Higher Education

Ms. Potts is deeply committed to assisting colleges and universities with navigating the maze of legal compliance regarding employment law, Title IX, NCAA rules, free speech, civil rights, FERPA, student conduct, faculty termination and tenure, and various aspects of campus life. Most recently, Ms. Potts served as the Title IX Officer at San Jose State University in San Jose, California, and also at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Illinois. At both universities, she managed sizable Title IX programs and was responsible for campus-wide compliance. She drafted and implemented harassment and discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct policies, conducted internal investigations and provided educational trainings to thousands of students and employees. Ms. Potts understands the unique challenges facing educational institutions and tailors her legal and practical assistance to each situation.

Investigations and Trainings

Ms. Potts has extensive experience conducting sensitive internal investigations for educational institutions. She prepares privileged reports, implementing a trauma informed approach to sexual misconduct cases. Ms. Potts is also a thorough trainer. She has developed and conducted Title IX trainings for faculty and staff, Athletics departments, students, Greek organizations and international students. She has also trained workforces and managers in the employment law areas of wage and hour, discrimination and harassment, and FMLA and ADA, among other state and local statutes. Ms. Potts has effectively defended universities against U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights complaints. Fluent in Spanish, she has conducted bilingual interviews and has presented employment law trainings in Spanish.   

Employment Litigation and Counseling

Ms. Potts is dedicated to proactive counseling and training, and, when necessary, zealous litigation to protect her clients. At law firms in Washington, D.C. and Miami, Florida, Ms. Potts has represented employers in a wide array of state and federal employment matters, including litigation of wage and hour claims, discrimination and retaliation claims and matters involving various other state and local statutes. She has handled state and federal labor administrative proceedings on behalf of clients and has represented clients in EEOC and OSHA matters.  In addition, Ms. Potts has regularly reviewed and drafted employment contracts, counseled managers on instituting disciplinary actions and promoted best practices in hiring and firing. She has also conducted I-9 compliance audits and counseled clients regarding U.S. Department of Justice investigations.

Immigration and Government Compliance

Ms. Potts has represented clients nationwide in immigration law matters. She has provided extensive guidance to business entities regarding complicated immigration requirements, including worksite enforcement. She has also provided comprehensive employment-based U.S. immigration-related services, including obtaining approval for temporary and permanent visas. Ms. Potts has obtained U.S. work authorizations for specialty occupation workers (H-1B), temporary agricultural workers (H-2A), temporary seasonal workers (H-2B), and fiancés of U.S. citizens (K-1). In addition, she has successfully assisted clients with permanent residence, naturalization, removal, asylum and applications for First Preference Employment-Based Forms I-140 and Second and Third Preference PERM labor certifications. 

Memberships & Involvement

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • National Hispanic Bar Association