12 questions with Ward Potter LLC

Written by Julie Schillings

With more than five decades of combined family law expertise, attorneys Lynn Ward and Tony Potter provide compassionate legal advocacy as they guide clients through changes in their families.

How has Covid-19 changed family law cases?

Lynn: It prompted court systems to embrace and implement much needed changes in the way hearings are handled by utilizing virtual platforms. This saves considerable time and expense to the divorcing couple and is an efficient way to resolve disputes.

What is the most common misconception about family law cases?

Tony: That it has to be a fight. The issues are hard to deal with, stress and emotions are high, and it is difficult to be civil. However, making decisions in anger will not be best for you in the end.

What is the most important aspect of a family law case?

Tony: Putting aside anger (even just for a little while) so you can make good decisions for your children and yourself.

If you could go back in time, what is one thing you would tell the past you?

Lynn: Don't focus on trying to please everyone. Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly—then you will find deep satisfaction in your work.

What is your favorite thing about the Wichita community?

Lynn: One of the things I love most about Wichita is that we are a richly diverse population within a relatively small area. We are diverse in nationalities, culture and work force.

Where is the best food in Wichita?

Tony: Five Guys, hands down.

Lynn: The best Mexican food is Molino’s, and you can’t beat The Taco Shop for a quick, cheap lunch.

What is different about practicing law in Wichita compared to practicing in western Kansas?

Tony: Practicing in Wichita allows me to focus my practice solely on family law. Practicing in Western Kansas usually requires a more generalized practice. But, that generalization gave me invaluable experience in areas like real estate and banking that I use every day in practicing family law.

What has it been like to practice law in Wichita?

Lynn: My husband and I graduated from law school in May 1990, took the bar exam in July of that year and moved to Wichita the day after. We’ve been here ever since. The large community has allowed each of us to have separate legal practices in completely different practice areas. We have made wonderful friends with our clients and colleagues and enjoyed thriving legal practices. It has been a wonderful place for us to conduct our legal careers.

What is the best non-legal book you’ve read recently?

Lynn: “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” by Kim Michele Richardson

Tony: “The Obstacle is the Way” by Ryan Holiday

What activities do you enjoy when not practicing law?

Lynn: Gardening, running, mentoring two high school girls and working with my ornery bird dog.

Tony: Spending time with my wife and son, and being outside as much as Kansas weather allows.

If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what other profession would you have considered?

Lynn: Veterinarian. I love animals and grew up on a farm.

Tony: That was not really an option because I wanted to be an attorney from the age of five.

Who inspired you to become a lawyer?

Lynn: A college dean told the student body that history majors could go to law school. It was the first I realized that someone besides an accountant could be a lawyer. I quickly changed my major to history and the rest is history!

Tony: My grandfather and great-grandfather were lawyers. I have always liked the idea of arguing cases and learning the law.

 
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