Trevor Potter

Trevor Potter, Stephen Colbert's SuperPAC lawyer and former FEC chairman, is a member in Caplin & Drysdale's Washington, D.C., office, where he leads the firm's political law practice. One of the country's best-known and most experienced campaign and election lawyers, he is also the founding president and general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center, and helped to successfully defend the McCain-Feingold law in the lower and Supreme Courts.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 served as general counsel to John McCain's 2008 and 2000 presidential campaigns. Potter serves as counsel to Stephen Colbert's 501(c)(4) and advises him on campaign finance issues on "The Colbert Report," and was the lawyer for the Colbert SuperPAC 'Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow' during the 2012 election cycle.A nonresident senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, Potter is the author of several books and manuals on lobbying regulation and disclosure, campaign finance and federal election law. He has testified before Congress on federal election proposals and campaign finance regulation, and has taught campaign finance law at the University of Virginia School of Law and Oxford University. He is a graduate of Harvard College and of Virginia Law.