Wesley Hottot joined the Institute for Justice in 2008. His work has focused on occupational licensing, transportation, and civil forfeiture.
In 2015, Wesley won a landmark victory in the Texas Supreme Court, when the court struck down the state’s eyebrow threading regulations and announced a new test for reviewing economic regulations under the Texas Constitution. His current cases include: an appeal to the Ninth Circuit challenging the minimum price for town car service in Portland, Ore.; a defense of a San Diego family who had their life savings seized for civil forfeiture because the father operated a legal medical-marijuana business; a challenge to policing for profit in Indiana; and a challenge to Louisiana’s 750-hour training requirement for eyebrow threaders. Recently, Wesley has helped small businesses in Iowa and North Carolina get their money back from the IRS after the businesses were targeted for civil forfeiture simply because they deposited money in their bank accounts in a way the IRS did not like. His work has been cited in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Oregonian, Tennessean, Seattle Times, 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.