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Alex Potapov focuses on appellate litigation and critical motions practice. He has drafted Supreme Court and court of appeals briefs in a variety of areas, including constitutional, administrative, and criminal law. He also has argued five Fifth Circuit appeals.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Alex served as a judicial clerk on the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and also as an assistant solicitor general in the Office of the Texas Attorney General, where he received a Supreme Court Best Brief Award from the National Association of Attorneys General.


  • Tobacco manufacturers and retailers win second postponement of FDA graphic warnings ruleJones Day is representing R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and other clients in a lawsuit challenging a new Food and Drug Administration rule that would require large graphic warnings with disturbing images to appear on cigarette packages and advertising.
  • Chinese financial institution responds to subpoena for records in major U.S. investigationJones Day represented a Chinese financial institution in a matter relating to a significant U.S. government investigation.
  • R.J. Reynolds successfully defends dismissal of unfair trade practices suit in Fifth Circuit appealOn July 10, 2019, the Fifth Circuit unanimously ruled in favor of Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (RJRT), affirming the district court's dismissal of a suit brought by Caldwell Wholesale Company, L.L.C. (Caldwell).
  • Prisoner prevails in Sixth Circuit habeas appealThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit appointed Jones Day associate Alex Potapov to represent a Kentucky prisoner whose federal habeas corpus petition was dismissed on law-of-the-case grounds because similar claims were rejected in the separate, earlier federal habeas proceeding of his state court co-defendant.