Hayley Potts was born in Yeovil, a small town in southwest England. Before moving to the United States, Ms. Potts graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University Law School with honors in 2010. While in England, Hayley worked with both barristers in the criminal sector and with solicitors in drafting commercial leases, wills, and land registration.
In September, 2010, Hayley moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma as part of a pro bono exchange program called Amicus, where English law graduates assist in American capital defense teams. Hayley was placed in the Oklahoma County Public Defender’s Office where she worked as an investigator, assisting attorneys on numerous death penalty cases.
In August 2011, Hayley began attending Oklahoma City University School of Law to cross-qualify her as an attorney in Oklahoma. While at OCU Law, Ms. Potts was awarded the Cali Excellence for the Future Award in Legal Profession, which is the highest distinction that can be awarded in the study of law.
She graduated from an expedited course schedule, which essentially converted her U.K. legal license to an American bar license, enabling her to practice in both countries. Her fast-track legal education enabled her to take the full courses required for her Juris Doctor in only two years, rather than the required three years of study, which she received in May 2013.
As an attorney, Hayley has assisted with both criminal and civil litigation, including high profiled criminal trials. Hayley established The Potts Law Office, PLLC in order to continue practicing American law. The Potts Law Firm is a general law practice specializing (or focusing on) in criminal defense and family law.