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A Q&A With Trevor Potter, Stephen Colbert's Lawyer

January 24, 2012, The Washingtonian

Excerpt taken from article.

It's been a while since we last caught up with Trevor Potter, the Washington lawyer hired by Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert to help the star form his super PAC. Since Potter's first appearance on The Colbert Report last spring, what the former Federal Election Commission (FEC) chairman assumed would be a one-time thing has turned into a regular TV gig. And thanks to Colbert, Potter has landed another celebrity client: the host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, Jon Stewart. When Colbert decided to run for "President of the United States of South Carolina" leading up to the Republican primary in the state earlier this month, he had to give up control of his super PAC. Colbert handed the reins to Stewart, who then asked Potter to also represent him.

There is now a Facebook fan page dedicated to Potter—a Republican who has also advised Senator John McCain and former president George H.W. Bush. Potter even admits to occasionally getting recognized in public. He chats with us here about what the experience has been like. The interview has been edited for length.

What do your partners and coworkers at your law firm, Caplin & Drysdale, think of all this?

I think in today's world any law firm is happy to be known for its high-quality legal services. Not only does Mr. Colbert talk about Caplin & Drysdale on the show, but when he came to the Federal Election Commission, he said he was represented by the best law firm he could find. Beyond that, more seriously, I think my partners feel it's a good thing for the firm for people to understand that we do a range of work, and that we have a sense of humor.

Click here to read about The Washingtonian's interview with Trevor Potter.


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