Trevor Potter

Trevor Potter

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Legislative & Governmental Affairs Attorney in Washington, DC

Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered
 | One Thomas Circle NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-862-5092
Fax: 202-429-3301
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2009, 2013 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1988
Practice Areas:
  • Legislative & Governmental Affairs
Attorney Profile

Trevor Potter is a Member in Caplin & Drysdale's Washington, D.C., office, where he leads the firm's Political Law and Exempt Organizations practice groups. He is one of the nation's best-known and experienced campaign and election lawyers. A former Commissioner and Chairman of the Federal Election Commission, and counsel to several Presidential campaigns, Mr. Potter has been described by the American Bar Association Journal as "hands-down one of the top lawyers in the country on the delicate intersection of politics, law, and money." 

Mr. Potter has been rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell®, listed as one of the "Best Lawyers in America®," and listed among Washingoton, D.C.'s, Super Lawyers®. He was recently described as "smart as a whip" in his Chambers USA listing, and the editors of Campaigns & Elections Magazine voted him among the "Top 50 Influencers" in the political world to watch in the 2014 election cycle. 

About Trevor Potter

Admitted: 1988, Washington D.C.

Professional Webpage: http://www.capdale.com/tpotter

Honors/Awards:

  • Chambers USA, 2009-Present
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2011-Present
  • Super Lawyers, Top 100 in D.C., 2014-2015; Washington, D.C., 2008-2009, 2013-Present
  • The Washingtonian, Top Lawyers, 2007-Present
  • Campaigns & Elections Magazine, Top 50 Influencers, 2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Bar Association (Co-Chair, Election Law Committee, Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, 1999-Present; Liason, Standing Committee on Election Law, 2000-Present)
  • Brookings Institution (Non-Resident Senior Fellow)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Please visit www.capdale.com/tpotter to view full list.
  • "BLOG: FAQs About Letters of Inquiry from the Department of Justice FARA Unit", with Matthew T. Sanderson and Bryson B. Morgan, www.FARA.us, January 22, 2019
  • "Trump's Claim That He Didn't Violate Campaign Finance Law Is Weak -- and Dangerous", The Washington Post Op-Ed, December 14, 2018
  • "New York's Comprehensive Lobbying Rules Set to Take Effect January 1, 2019", with Matthew T. Sanderson and Bryson B. Morgan, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, September 28, 2018
  • "U.S. Supreme Court Denies Request for Stay of Ruling Requiring Nonprofit Donor Disclosure", with Matthew T. Sanderson, Douglas N. Varley, Sharon P. Want, and Bryson B. Morgan, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, September 19, 2018
  • "Trump Says Michael Cohen Didn't Commit Crimes. He's Wrong.", The Washington Post, August 24, 2018
  • "Federal District Court Vacates FEC Independent Expenditure Donor Disclosure Rule; Appeal Likely", with Matthew T. Sanderson, Douglas N. Varley, Sharon P. Want, and Bryson B. Morgan, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, August 9, 2018
  • "IRS Donor Disclosure Requirements Eliminated for Most Nonprofit Organizations", with William D. Fournier, Sharon P. Want, Meghan R. Biss, and Douglas N. Varley, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, July 17, 2018
  • "Justice Department Releases Foreign Agent Advisory Letters", with Matthew T. Sanderson and Bryson B. Morgan, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, June 11, 2018
  • "An Overview of Political Advertising Policies for Google, Twitter, and Snapchat", with Matthew T. Sanderson and Bryson B. Morgan, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, May 21, 2018
  • "The Point of Paying Stormy Daniels Was to Keep Voters from Hearing Her Story", The Washington Post, May 4, 2018
  • "An Overview of Facebook's Election-Related Disclosure Program for Advertisers", with Matthew T. Sanderson and Bryson B. Morgan, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, May 3, 2018
  • "With 2018 Midterms Approaching, Our Elections Are Not Protected", The Hill Op-Ed, March 6, 2018
  • Lecturer, Money in Politics: A Hydraulic or a Legal Issue?, 53rd Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, January 23, 2018
  • Speaker, Drafting Democracy, The Atlantic, December 7, 2017
  • "A New Way to Safeguard America Against Threats to Our Elections", TheHill Op-Ed, November 1, 2017
  • "Trevor Potter: Presidential Election Commission Focused onManufacturing Evidence to Support Its Own Foregone Conclusions",YubaNet.com Op-Ed, July 19, 2017
  • Presenter, Money in Politics: Democracy and Governance in Today'sAmerica, League of Women Voters, Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy and the Office of Community Education at Lake ForestCollege, May 11, 2017
  • "Churches Cannot be Allowed to Become Political Dark Money Shops",The Hill Op-Ed, May 4, 2017
  • "The Important Money-in-Politics Questions to Ask Judge Gorsuch", TheHill, March 18, 2017
  • "FEC Updates Contribution Limits for 2017-2018," with Matthew T. Sanderson and Bryson B. Morgan, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, February 2, 2017
  • "President Trump Issues Executive Order on Ethics," with Matthew T. Sanderson and Bryson B. Morgan, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, February 1, 2017
  • "SEC Fines 10 Investment Advisers for Pay-to-Play Violations," with Matthew T. Sanderson and Bryson B. Morgan, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, January 27, 2017
  • "Donald Trump Hasn't Solved Any of His Conflicts of Interest. He Could Have. He Chose Not To.," The Washington Post, January 11, 2017

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Chairman, Federal Election Commission, 1994
  • U.S. Department of Justice, 1982-1984
  • Assistant General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission, 1984-1985
  • Commissioner, Federal Election Commission, 1991-1995

Educational Background:

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1982, Order of the Coif and Recipient of the Slaughter Award (Faculty Prize)
  • A.B., Harvard College, 1978

Industry Groups

  • ABA
  • Brooking Instituion

Articles about Trevor Potter appearing in Super Lawyers

Office Location for Trevor Potter

One Thomas Circle NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005

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Last Updated: 2/11/2019

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