Wesley Hottot joined the Institute for Justice in 2008. His practice focuses on transportation, occupational licensing and civil asset forfeiture.
Wesley is currently lead attorney in three cases: an appeal to the Texas Supreme Court challenging the state’s eyebrow threading regulations, an appeal to the Ninth Circuit challenging the minimum price for town car and limousine service in Portland, Ore., and the defense of San Diego’s new law lifting the city’s longstanding cap on taxi permits. Wesley is also a member of the team fighting the federal government’s “structuring” forfeitures, in which the IRS and Department of Justice have claimed the shocking power to seize people’s bank accounts with no evidence of a crime. In this role, Wesley has recently helped small businesses in Iowa and North Carolina get their money back from the IRS. His work has been cited by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Oregonian, Tennessean, Austin American-Statesman, Dallas Morning News and other print, radio and television outlets.
Wesley received his law degree from the University of Washington, where he completed a judicial externship with Justice Richard Sanders of the Washington Supreme Court and a two-year clerkship with the Institute’s Washington office. He was an Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia and graduated with distinction and Phi Beta Kappa.
Wesley Hottot is licensed in Washington and Texas.