Trevor Potter

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Biography

Trevor Potter is a Member in Caplin & Drysdale's Washington, D.C., office, where he leads the firm's Political Law Group. 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 Washington, 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.

Services

Mr. Potter counsels political candidates, for-profit entities, and nonprofit organizations on a variety of political law issues. He is a leading authority on lobbying regulation, government ethics and campaign finance issues, and is known nationally for his experience in compliance programs, campaign finance investigations, and questions concerning lobbying registration and disclosure, as well as federal and state ethics rules.

Representative examples of how Mr. Potter assists clients, include:

•Implementing compliance programs that facilitate adherence to the law and maximize organizational effectiveness with regards to lobbying, giving campaign contributions, and interacting with public-sector entities.
•Responding to political law investigations, audits, and complaints by defending individuals and organizations in court and before administrative agencies.
•Helping politically active individuals and organizations, including political action committees, with establishing and maintaining their status and avoiding civil and criminal penalties.
•Advising on government ethics rules that restrict the nature and amount of gifts, employment offers, event hosting, travel sponsorships, and other benefits that private individuals and organizations may confer on public officials.
•Navigating the extensive registration and disclosure requirements placed on individuals and organizations who lobby public officials.

Highlights

Mr. Potter served as General Counsel to John McCain's 2008 and 2000 presidential campaigns. He also served as Deputy General Counsel to George H.W. Bush's 1988 campaign. Mr. Potter is Counsel to Stephen Colbert's 501(c)(4) and he advises Mr. Colbert on campaign finance issues on The Colbert Report. He was also the lawyer for Mr. Colbert's Super PAC Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow in the 2012 election cycle.

Mr. Potter is the founding President of and General Counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit which focuses on campaign finance issues in the courts and before the FEC.

Recent Publications

• 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
• A New Way to Safeguard America Against Threats to Our Elections, The Hill Op-Ed, November 1, 2017
• Trevor Potter: Presidential Election Commission Focused on Manufacturing Evidence to Support Its Own Foregone Conclusions, YubaNet.com Op-Ed, July 19, 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, The Hill, 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
• Office of Government Ethics Revises Executive Branch Gift Rules, with Matthew T. Sanderson and Bryson B. Morgan, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, November 18, 2016
• How President Trump Could Use the White House to Enrich Himself and His Family, The Washington Post, November 18, 2016
• Commentary: These ballot initiatives could help fix our broken election system, Reuters, November 7, 2016
• New York Passes New Legislation Affecting Political Activity at the Local and State Level, with Matthew T. Sanderson and Douglas N. Varley, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, July 5, 2016
• IRS Rules Against Deductibility of Charitable Donations Made as Part of PAC Matching Program, with Matthew T. Sanderson and Bryson B. Morgan, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, April 27, 2016
• California Limits Ride-Along Lobbying Exception to Employees Who are Subject Matter Experts, with Matthew T. Sanderson and Bryson B. Morgan, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, March 24, 2016
• California Enhances Lobbying Disclosure Requirements for Lobbyist Employers and $5,000 Filers, with Matthew T. Sanderson and Bryson B. Morgan, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, January 25, 2016
• Political Intelligence Firm Fined $375,000, Underscoring Need to Tailor Insider Trading Policies to Interactions with Government, with Matthew T. Sanderson and Bryson B. Morgan, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, December 1, 2015
• Carmen Group's $125,000 Penalty Latest in Increased Lobbying Disclosure Act Enforcement, with Matthew T. Sanderson and Bryson B. Morgan, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, August 31, 2015
• To Get Ahead in Congress: Skip Governing, Raise Money, POLITICO Magazine, April 6, 2015
• FEC Updates Contribution Limits for 2015-2016, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, February 3, 2015
• Here's What I Learned When I Helped Stephen Colbert Set Up His Super PAC, The Washington Post, January 21, 2015
• When It Comes to Money in Politics, The Supreme Court Lives in a Different Reality, Thomson Reuters, January 16, 2015
• Increased Campaign Contribution Limits in 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Act, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, December 17, 2014
• How Stephen Colbert Schooled Americans in Campaign Finance, TIME Magazine, December 16, 2014
• Op-Ed: A 'People's Pledge' Could Quell The Politics in Judicial Elections, The National Law Journal, November 3, 2014
• Political Activities and the Law: Mitigating Risks for Corporations and Nonprofits, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, October 15, 2014
• Caplin & Drysdale Comments on Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board's Proposed Changes to Pay-to-Play Restriction, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, October 1, 2014
• SEC Issues Pay-to-Play Penalty to Investment Adviser, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, June 26, 2014
• U.S. Supreme Court Releases Opinion in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, April 2, 2014
• Political Activity, Lobbying Laws, and Gift Rules Guide (Book), with Matthew T. Sanderson, West Publishing, 3d, 2013-2014 ed., January 1, 2014
• The Supreme Court Needs to Get Smarter About Politics, The Washington Post, October 11, 2013
• Summary of New York's New Political Disclosure Rules for Nonprofits, with Matthew T. Sanderson, William M. Klimon, Bryson B. Morgan, and Douglas N. Varley, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, June 21, 2013
• The History of Undisclosed Spending in U.S. Elections & How 2012 Became the Dark Money Election, 27 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy 384, June 1, 2013
• A New Recipe for Election Reform, The Washington Post, May 9, 2013
• A Simple Plan to Drastically Improve Voting, Stop Fraud, and Save Money, The Atlantic, April 18, 2013
• GAO Report Highlights Concerns Over Political Intelligence Disclosure, with Matthew T. Sanderson and Bryson B. Morgan, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, April 4, 2013
• Amended MSRB Rules G-37 and G-8 Require Enhanced Disclosure, with Matthew T. Sanderson and Bryson B. Morgan, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, April 4, 2013
• FEC Increases Contribution Limits, with Matthew T. Sanderson and Bryson B. Morgan, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, January 30, 2013
• Campaign Finance: Remedies Beyond the Court, with Bryson B. Morgan, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, January 8, 2013
• SEC & Massachusetts Sanction Goldman Sachs $16 Million, Underscoring Need for Vigorous Compliance With Pay-to-Play Rules, with Matthew T. Sanderson and Bryson B. Morgan, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, September 27, 2012
• DC Circuit Refuses to Stay Lower Court Ruling Requiring Disclosure of Funders of Electioneering Communications, with Matthew T. Sanderson and Bryson B. Morgan, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, May 15, 2012
• President Obama Signs STOCK Act Into Law, with Matthew T. Sanderson and Bryson B. Morgan, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, April 5, 2012
• Senate-Passed STOCK Act Requires Political Intelligence Consultants to Register and Report under Lobbying Disclosure Act, with Matthew T. Sanderson and Bryson B. Morgan, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, February 7, 2012
• The Gift Tax and Contributions to Section 501(c)(4) Organizations, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Douglas N. Varley, and Beth Shapiro Kaufman, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, July 11, 2011
• The Gift Tax and Contributions to Section 501(c)(4) Organizations: Less than Meets the Eye?, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Douglas N. Varley, and Beth Shapiro Kaufman, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, June 14, 2011
• The FEC Updates Contribution Limits, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, February 7, 2011
• Federal Campaign Finance Law: A Primer for the Lobbyist, with Matthew T. Sanderson, ABA Lobbying Manual, January 3, 2011
• House and Senate Respond to Citizens United Ruling, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, April 30, 2010
• Schumer, Van Hollen Outline Legislative Response to Citizens United, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, February 12, 2010
• Practical Impact and Longer Term Consequences of Citizens United v. FEC, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, January 25, 2010
• Elections: Administrative Law Developments, with Matthew T. Sanderson, American Bar Association, January 1, 2010
• Caplin & Drysdale Submits Comments to SEC on Proposed Pay to Play Law, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, October 8, 2009
• Securities and Exchange Commission's Proposed Pay to Play Rule, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, October 1, 2009
• Congress Can Better Voter Registration, Roll Call, September 14, 2009
• Proposed SEC Pay-to-Play Rule Will Soon Be Available for Public Comment, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, July 22, 2009
• A New Page for Voting: It's Time to Ditch Paper-Based Registration, Washington Post, June 25, 2009
• Congress Issues Clarification on Conditions for Lobbyist Termination, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, June 22, 2009
• Writing an Effective Corporate Political Activity Policy, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Political Activity Law Bulletin, June 11, 2009
• White House Revises Ban on Stimulus Contacts, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Political Activity Law Bulletin, June 11, 2009
• Hiring Former Federal Government Employees as Lobbyists, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Political Activity Law Bulletin, June 11, 2009
• New Guidance on Lobbyist Reporting and Termination, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Political Activity Law Bulletin, June 11, 2009
• SEC to Propose Pay-to-Play Rule for Investment Advisors in July, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Political Activity Law Bulletin, June 11, 2009
• Next Phase of Election Reform: Start with Facts, Roll Call, May 5, 2009
• GAO Report on Lobbying Disclosure, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Political Activity Law Alert: Important Recent Developments, April 6, 2009
• Obama Administration Restricts Lobbying on Stimulus Spending, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, March 26, 2009
• New FEC Registration Forms Available; Lobbyist PACs Must Amend by March 29, 2009, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, March 12, 2009
• Important Recent Developments on Lobbyist PACs, Obama Executive Order and LDA Registration, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Caplin & Drysdale Client Alert, February 18, 2009
• Disclosure Rules for Lobbyist Bundling, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Political Activity Law Bulletin, January 16, 2009
• Gift Rules Applicable to Members and Staff of the 111th Congress, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Political Activity Law Bulletin, January 16, 2009
• Recent Developments in State Pay-to-Play Law, with Matthew T. Sanderson, Political Activity Law Bulletin, January 16, 2009
• Political Activity, Lobbying Laws and Gift Rules Guide (Book), West Publishing (Third Edition, Second Edition 1999), January 1, 2008
• The New Campaign Finance Sourcebook, Brookings Institution, January 1, 2005
• Federal Election Law and the Internet, Brookings Institution, January 1, 2000

Recent Speaking Engagements

•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
•Presenter, Money in Politics: Democracy and Governance in Today's America, League of Women Voters, Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy and the Office of Community Education at Lake Forest College, May 11, 2017
•Moderator, Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections, The Campaign Legal Center, American Constitution Society, & UCDC Law, May 5, 2016
•Moderator, Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections, The Campaign Legal Center, American Constitution Society, & UCDC Law, January 22, 2016
•Keynote Speaker, Red, White, and on the Brink, Independent Sector National Conference, October 28, 2015
•Speaker, Legal Rubble: Money and Politics in the Age of Citizens United, Harvard Law School Election Law Series, October 9, 2015
•Panelist, Show Me the Money: How Transparency in Political Donations Could Change American Elections, Yale University, Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS), November 10, 2014
•Speaker, Campaign Finance in the 2014 Election and in the Future, West LegalEdcenter, Webinar, November 10, 2014
•Speaker, Campaign Finance, The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), 2012 U.S. Election Program, November 4, 2014
•Speaker, Professor Josh Douglas' Election Law Class, University of Kentucky College of Law, October 1, 2014
•Speaker, Campaign Finance, University of Kentucky College of Law, Open Forum, October 1, 2014
•Panelist, Money in Politics: What Could Go Wrong?, June 2, 2014
•Speaker, Can Our Democracy Survive the Supreme Court?, Princeton University, 2014 Donald S. Bernstein '75 Lecture, April 22, 2014
•Panelist, Election Year Issues for Tax-Exempt Organizations, Federal Bar Association, 38th Annual Tax Law Conference, February 28, 2014
•Speaker, Perspectives from Business on Campaign Finance Reform, Committee for Economic Development and The Conference Board Governance Center, July 24, 2013
•Speaker, Following the Money: A Post-Mortem on 2012 and a Look to What's Next, The National Press Club Journalism Institute, December 4, 2012
•Panelist, Super PAC: Expert Analysis, Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL), 34th Annual Conference, December 3, 2012
•Speaker, Two Cheers for Super PACs: Money in Politics is Still Overregulated, Intelligence Squared, Debate, September 12, 2012
•Panelist, How Do We Divide and Conquer?, League of Women Voters, June 12, 2012
•Speaker, Campaign Finance in a Post-Citizens United World, American Law Institute (ALI), 89th Annual Meeting, May 21, 2012
•Chair, Citizens United Supreme Court Decision, The Conference Board, Conference on Corporate Political Spending, May 15, 2012
•Speaker, Campaign 2012 and the Rise of Super PACs, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) Policy Forum, Money, Politics, and the Economy, May 11, 2012
•Presenter, Campaign Finance after Citizens United: A Primer on Super PACs and Corporate Political Activity, West LegalEdcenter and Westlaw GC, Webcast, May 8, 2012
•Panelist, Impact of Citizens United v. FEC on Campaign Finance, Georgetown Law Center, Conference on Representing and Managing Tax-Exempt Organizations, April 19, 2012
•Panelist, Campaign Finance in the 2012 Elections: The Rise of Super PACs, Brookings Institute, Webinar, March 1, 2012
•Speaker, Corporate Political Spending: Policies and Practices, Accountability and Disclosure, The Conference Board Committee, Conference Board on Corporate Political Spending, 2011 Symposium, October 20, 2011
•Bringing Voter Registration into the 21st Century, September 19, 2011
•Speaker, Liabilities of Funds and Fund Managers for Fraud and Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Annual Hedge Fund General Counsel Summit, September 13, 2011
•Wested Legal Reviews Campaign Finance in Washington, D.C., July 22, 2010
•Foundational Shifts in Political Law: Citizens United, Pay to Play and Lobbying Reform, June 8, 2010
•Panelist, The Rationale and Ripple Effects of Citizens United v. FEC, Caplin & Drysdale, Audio Conference, January 29, 2010
•Audio Conference: The Brave New World of Campaign Finance, January 27, 2010
•What is Next for Lobbying Regulation? Are the New Rules Working? Are Further Reforms the Wave of the Future? Are They Good Public Policy, or Constitutional?, October 22, 2009
•Audio Conference: The SEC Enters the Fray Around Pay to Play, October 1, 2009

Awards & Rankings

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

Recent News

•Trevor Potter Featured in Washington Lawyer: Election Security: The Fight to Secure the Vote, Washington Lawyer, October 4, 2018
•Trevor Potter Comments on E-Filing of Campaign Finance Documents, Courthouse News Service, September 21, 2018
•Boston Globe Quotes Trevor Potter on Campaign Ad Violations, The Boston Globe, August 31, 2018
•Trevor Potter Remembers Senator John McCain, Litigation Daily, August 26, 2018
•Trevor Potter Speaks to Washington Post on Campaign Finance Violations, The Washington Post, August 25, 2018
•NBC Nightly News Interviews Trevor Potter on Illegal Corporate and Individual Campaign Contributions, NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt, August 23, 2018
•Trevor Potter Comments on the Law Behind Michael Cohen Case, Dow Jones Institutional News, August 23, 2018
•New York Times Quotes Trevor Potter on Illegal Corporate Contributions, The New York Times, August 22, 2018
•Caplin & Drysdale Improves Ranking in 2019 Best Lawyers in America, August 15, 2018
•Washington Post Quotes Trevor Potter on Democratic Candidate Corporate Donations, The Washington Post, August 2, 2018
•ABC News Quotes Trevor Potter on Trump 2020 Hiring of Consultants, ABC News, June 15, 2018
•USA Today Quotes Trevor Potter on Potential Campaign Finance Violation Linked to Stormy Daniels Payment, USA Today, May 4, 2018
•Wall Street Journal Talks to Trevor Potter: Trump's Payment to Stormy Daniels Raises Campaign-Finance Questions, The Wall Street Journal, May 3, 2018
•Trevor Potter Comments on Potential Investigation Into Trump Campaign Payments, The Washington Times, May 3, 2018
•ABC News Quotes Trevor Potter: Giuliani's Remarks on Hush Money May Have Added to Trump Woes, ABC News, May 3, 2018
•Trevor Potter and Matthew Sanderson Talk to Washington Post on Possible Campaign Finance Violation Related to Stormy Daniels Payment, The Washington Post, May 3, 2018
Chambers USA Recognizes 10 Caplin & Drysdale Lawyers as Leaders in Their Fields, Chambers USA, May 3, 2018
•18 Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers in D.C., April 23, 2018
•Washington Post Quotes Trevor Potter: Why Attorney-Client Privilege Probably Won't Shield Trump in the Stormy Daniels Case, The Washington Post, April 10, 2018
•Washington Post Interviews Trevor Potter: Trump Denies Knowing His Attorney Paid $130,000 to Stormy Daniels, The Washington Post, April 5, 2018
•NBC News Interviews Trevor Potter: FEC Ruling on Stormy Daniels Payment Could Take a Year or Longer, NBC News, March 26, 2018
•Washington Post Speaks to Trevor Potter on Comparisons Between Donald Trump and John Edwards, The Washington Post, March 26, 2018
•CBS News Interviews Trevor Potter on Legal Issues with Trump Attorney's $130,000 Payment, CBS News/60 Minutes, March 26, 2018
•Washington Post Quotes Trevor Potter and Matthew Sanderson: Trump Shows Little Interest in Beefing Up Federal Election Commission, The Washington Post, March 14, 2018
•Trevor Potter Comments: Congress Does Nothing to Block Foreign Election Interference, The American Prospect, February 8, 2018
•Jennifer Lawrence Interviews Trevor Potter at Unrig the System Summit, NOLA Media, February 2, 2018
•Washington Post Quotes Trevor Potter on New Presidential Seal, The Washington Post, December 22, 2017
•Trevor Potter Seeks Removal of Campaign Enriching Provisions from Tax Bill, Courthouse News, December 5, 2017
•ABC News: Trevor Potter Weighs in on Sessions' Call to Evaluate Clinton Allegations, ABC News, November 14, 2017
•CNN Quotes Trevor Potter on Trump Campaign Donors Footing Bill for Legal Expenses, CNN, October 17, 2017
•Trevor Potter Comments on Facebook's New Advertising Policy, Reuters, September 21, 2017
•Trevor Potter Comments: Member of Trump's Voter Fraud Panel Pushed to Exclude All Democrats, Moderate Republicans, Academics, The Week, September 14, 2017
•Trevor Potter Discusses Facebook's Role in Russian Probe, TPM, September 13, 2017
•Trevor Potter Asks Facebook to Release Content of Russian-Sponsored Ads, CNBC, September 12, 2017
•New York Times Quotes Trevor Potter: Prominent Republicans Urge Supreme Court to End Gerrymandering, The New York Times, September 6, 2017
•Caplin & Drysdale Earns Top Ranking in 2018 Best Lawyers in America, August 15, 2017
•Trevor Potter Talks to Washington Post: Supreme Court to Hear Potentially Landmark Case on Partisan Gerrymandering, The Washington Post, June 19, 2017
•Caplin & Drysdale Lawyers Improve Their 2017 Chambers' Rankings, Chambers USA, June 2, 2017
•Caplin & Drysdale Lawyers Listed Among D.C.'s Most Prominent Practitioners, Super Lawyers, April 27, 2017
•WSJ Quotes Trevor Potter: Trump Officials Are Learning How Hard It Is to Sell $1 Billion of Their Assets, The Wall Street Journal, March 15, 2017
•Trevor Potter Discusses Meeting the Russian Ambassador with The Atlantic, The Atlantic, March 13, 2017
•Trevor Potter Speaks to The New York Times on Trump's New Ethics Adviser, The New York Times, January 26, 2017
•Washington Post Interviews Trevor Potter: Trump's Government Will Oversee His Businesses, The Washington Post, January 15, 2017
•Trevor Potter Comments in POLITICO on Trump's Plan to Address Conflicts, POLITICO, January 12, 2017
•Washington Post Quotes Trevor Potter and Bryson Morgan: Sessions Failed to Correctly Disclose Oil Interests, The Washington Post, January 9, 2017
•The Washington Post Quotes Trevor Potter on Ethics Warnings Concerning Trump Cabinet Confirmations, The Washington Post, January 7, 2017
•Trevor Potter Comments on Trump's Businesses Owing $1.8 Billion in Debt, The Wall Street Journal, January 5, 2017
•POLITICO Quotes Trevor Potter: Trump Rewards Big Donors with Jobs and Access, POLITICO, December 27, 2016

Government Experience

Chairman, Federal Election Commission, 1994

Commissioner, Federal Election Commission, 1991-1995

Assistant General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission, 1984-1985

Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, 1982-1984

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Political Law
  • Exempt Organizations

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(202) 862-5092  Phone
www.caplindrysdale.com
University Attended:
Harvard College, A.B., 1978
Law School Attended:
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, Editor-in-Chief, Virginia Journal of International Law, 1982
Year of First Admission:
1983
Admission:
District of Columbia Court of Appeals; 1988, District of Columbia; 1983, Illinois; U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:

Other Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association (Co-Chair, Election Law Committee, Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, 1999-present; Liaison, Standing Committee on Election Law, 2000-present)

Brookings Institution (Non-Resident Senior Fellow)

Professional Activities

•Non-Resident fellow at the Brookings Institution.
•Frequent guest speaker at a variety of professional meetings and has taught campaign finance law at the University of Virginia School of Law and Oxford University.
•Testified before Congress on federal election proposals and campaign finance regulation and has served as an expert witness on election law issues in court.
•Co-Chair of the ABA Task Force on Lobbying Regulation.
•Co-Chair of the Election Law Committee of the American Bar Association's Administrative Law Section, and Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Standing Committee on Election Law of the ABA.

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