Smithsonian Institution-National Zoological Park 

Potter Burnett supports the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute’s Adopt a Species Program.

The firm recently adopted an African Lion to support friends of the National Zoo and help the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute to help play an integral role in saving this majestic species. The African Lion is sadly listed as, “vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The rapid decline in the African Lion Population is significantly impacted by human conflict and habitat loss.

Proceeds from the program fund animal care and conservation for the African Lions, as well as the more than 2,000 other animals that live in the National Zoo and the Smithsonian Conservation and Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia.

Potter Burnett enjoys playing an active role in supporting the wildlife conservation initiatives at the National Zoo.  They take part in the Zoo’s many educational programs and special events and are excited to visit their Adopted African Lion, often.

lion web cam

Maryland CASA


In 1993, Deborah Potter and a handful of other local attorneys recognized the need for a CASA program in Anne Arundel County. With the support from the local Bar Association, the Circuit Court, and the Department of Social Services, Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc. (AACCASA) was incorporated. AACCASA began serving children in July 1997. With a small staff of six professionals, CASA relies on volunteers to achieve its mission. Since its inception, over 500 exceptional CASA volunteers have worked diligently to improve the lives of the children in need in our community. CASA’s dedicated volunteers contribute over 9,000 hours of their time annually to help these children who are unable to help themselves.

The firm is actively involved with the continuous efforts to ensure Maryland’s children have safe and permanent homes. In 2016, Deborah Potter was awarded the Corporate Commitment Award to recognize her years of service and support with Anne Arundel County CASA. Suzanne Burnett currently serves on the Gala committee and focuses on fundraising for the organization. Potter Burnett is committed to helping the CASA children find a voice and get the attention they need and deserve.

Young Patrons of Maryland Hall

Potter Burnett supports Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Suzanne Burnett is a founding member of the Young Patrons of Maryland Hall, a culturally interested group of active professionals who support the institutional advancement of Maryland Hall.

Potter Burnett is dedicated to increasing public interest in and awareness of Maryland Hall and its mission to provide lifelong, accessible engagement in the arts. Maryland Hall is Maryland’s leading arts campus where people of all ages can discover the transformative power of the arts. Since 1979, Maryland Hall has been the community’s gathering place to hold year-round classes, performances, exhibits, tours, workshops, and demonstrations.

Potter Burnett serves as art advocates in their community and their contribution and investment in Maryland Hall provide vital operating funds to keep Maryland Hall’s programs thriving and growing.

University of Maryland Terrapin Club

The mission of the Maryland athletic program is to educate, develop and serve student-athletes through a culture of academic and athletic excellence. Through athletics,  students develop values and skills that prepare them for life. The combination of a University of Maryland world-class educational and athletic experience is fundamental to a student’s development. This mission is carried out through many ways including funding scholarships for Maryland students through the Terrapin Club. Deborah Potter formerly served as the first Female President of the University of Maryland Terrapin Club and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Maryland College Park.

United States Naval Academy Sponsor Program

Potter Burnett is a proud sponsor of the Naval Academy’s Sponsor Program. The Sponsor Program offers members of the Annapolis community an opportunity to meet Midshipmen and to learn more about the Naval Academy. It also provides Midshipmen an opportunity to develop and benefit from informal exchanges with civilian and military members in Annapolis and its adjacent communities. Deborah Potter and Andrew and Suzanne Burnett are sponsors who provide a “home-away-from-home” for the midshipman.