Portland Attorney Amy Potter

Amy Potter

Amy Potter

As an experienced trial and appellate lawyer, Amy Potter handles a wide variety of criminal, civil and regulatory matters. She has extensive experience handling complex white-collar, environmental and forfeiture matters at trial and on appeal.

Prior to joining Angeli Law Group, Amy spent 18 years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Oregon, including two years as the Criminal Appellate Chief. During her tenure, she tried multiple jury trials, argued substantive motions, and handled dozens of appeals. In addition to handling her own cases, she assisted other prosecutors with complex motions and legals issues in their cases.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully defended on appeal the conviction and life sentence of a defendant who was convicted of traveling to Cambodia to have sex with minors.
  • Successfully defended on appeal the conviction and sentence of a defendant who assaulted two law enforcement officers with a homemade explosive.
  • Obtained multiple convictions against a defendant who traveled with the intent to have sex with minors.
  • Successfully defeated multiple motions to dismiss after an extensive evidentiary hearing.


  • University of Virginia, J.D., Order of the Coif, 2001
  • Rice University, B.A., Economics, cum laude, 1998

Judicial Clerkships

  • Hon. J. Harvie Wilkinson, III, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2001-2002

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Virginia (inactive)
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Professional Associations

  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association
  • Oregon Women Lawyers
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association

Professional Honors

  • U.S. Attorney’s Office Frank Noonan Award for Exemplary Performance, 2018


  • Preserving the Record for Restitution Issues, Dept. of Justice Journal of Federal Law and Practice (April 2019)


  • Presented on the First Step Act to the Ninth Circuit Chief District Judges
  • Has presented trainings on the Fourth Amendment, Forfeiture, and Legal Writing

Community Involvement

  • Girl Scout Troop Leader, 2017-present
  • Pro Tem Instructor of Trial Practice, University of Oregon School of Law, 2014-2023
  • District of Oregon Ninth Circuit Representative, 2016-2019
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