Trevor Potter

Member, Caplin & Drysdale

Trevor PotterTrevor Potter is a member of Caplin & Drysdale’s Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Potter leads Caplin & Drysdale’s Political Activity Law Practice. He is an experienced campaign and election lawyers, and a former Commissioner and Chairman of the Federal Election Commission.

Mr. Potter is a leading authority on lobbying regulation, government ethics and campaign finance issues. He is nationally recognized for his experience in designing compliance programs, responding to campaign finance investigations, and questions concerning lobbying registration and disclosure and federal and state ethics rules. He advises corporations, nonprofit organizations, and candidates on structuring new political efforts and administering their political, lobbying, and issue-advocacy projects. 

Mr. Potter served as General Counsel to the John McCain 2008 campaign and also held that position with the McCain 2000 campaign. In addition, he is the founding President and General Counsel of the Campaign Legal Center, a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit that helped successfully defend the McCain-Feingold law in the lower courts and the Supreme Court.


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1982, Order of the Coif; Editor-in-Chief, Virginia Journal of International Law
  • A.B., Harvard College, 1978