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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.


  • Pro bono client wins Seventh Circuit appeal, securing right to have post-conviction claims heard after twenty-year delayJones Day obtained a significant victory for a pro bono client in a Seventh Circuit appeal, resulting in a precedential decision.
  • R.J. Reynolds successfully challenges constitutionality of FDA's graphic warnings ruleOn December 7, 2022, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas ruled--in favor of Jones Day clients that include R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company--that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's regulation requiring graphic cigarette warning labels is unconstitutional.
  • 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.