Natalie Rainforth Poteet is a partner at Doner Law, PLC where she specializes in employment law and commercial litigation. She practices before federal and state courts in California, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. Ms. Poteet regularly counsels employers in all aspects of employment law, including employment contracts (such as non-competes, non-solicitation agreements, and confidentiality agreements), severance agreements, employee handbooks and other personnel policies, family and medical leave, disability accommodation, discrimination, wage-hour issues, and disciplinary and termination matters. She represents employers before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, state and local human rights agencies, and the U.S. Department of Labor. She frequently trains management and staff on a variety of employment law issues, including anti-harassment, evaluation techniques, discipline, and the handling of accommodations and discrimination complaints.

Ms. Poteet also represents businesses in all types of commercial litigation matters, including breach of contract actions, intellectual property disputes, and tort claims, including fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, business conspiracy, defamation and conversion.

Before joining Doner Law, PLC, Ms. Poteet was a senior associate at Roth Doner Jackson, PLC. Prior to relocating to the Washington, D.C. area in 2013, she worked in the Los Angeles offices of the law firms of Proskauer Rose, LLP and Littler Mendelson, PC. During law school, Ms. Poteet served as a law clerk for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C. There, she worked on campaign finance issues and other political and non-political legislation, including bills concerning immigration, political advertisements, robocall regulations, international treaties, religious freedom, labor law, and copyright. She was also a teaching assistant for first-year legal writing, a member of the Law Review and Moot Court Board, and a participant in legal study-abroad programs in London and Hong Kong. Her law review article, Campaign Finance & Randall v. Sorrell: How Much is Too Much and Who Decides? The Court’s Splintering Devotion to Its Own Problematic Framework, was published in 2007.

Even with a busy litigation practice, Ms. Poteet maintains a personal interest in campaign finance and election law. She has conducted election law trainings and worked on a number of ballot integrity projects since 2008.


  • Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2008)
  • University of California, San Diego (B.S., 2004)

Bar Admissions

  • California State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Virginia State Bar

Contact Information

703.462.5472 direct
703.462.5470 main
703.462.5437 fax