Trevor Potter heads the Political Law Practice at Caplin & Drysdale in Washington, D.C.. He is also the founding President and General Counsel of the Campaign Legal Center, a non-profit organization focused on improving the US campaign finance and election process, and is a Senior Advisor to Issue One, a new reform organization.
Mr. Potter is one of the country’s best-known and most experienced campaign and election lawyers. He is a former Commissioner (1991-1995) and Chairman (1994) of the Federal Election Commission. He advised the authors of the McCain-Feingold reform legislation and more recently served as legal counsel to Stephen Colbert’s SuperPAC “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow”, which spotlighted the role of secret money in the 2012 election.
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.” He is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and has published several books and articles in the field. Mr. Potter has taught campaign finance law at the University of Virginia School of Law and Oxford University. He is a member of the American Law Institute, and serves on its Members Consultative Group on Principles of Election Law, and has been a member or Chair of several American Bar Association election-law related Committees and Task Forces. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Virginia School of Law.