Wesley Hottot joined the Institute for Justice in 2008. His practice focuses on occupational licensing, transportation, and civil forfeiture.
In 2015, Wesley won a landmark victory before the Texas Supreme Court, in which the court struck down the state’s eyebrow threading regulations and announced a new test for reviewing economic regulations under the Texas Constitution. He is currently lead attorney in three cases: an appeal to the Eighth Circuit arguing that the federal government should pay forfeiture victims’ expenses when prosecutors steal property only to return it years later; an appeal to the Ninth Circuit challenging the minimum price for town car and limousine service in Portland, Ore.; and a defense of a new San Diego law that lifts the city’s longstanding cap on the number of taxi permits. Wesley is also a member of the team of IJ lawyers fighting the government’s abuse of civil forfeiture. 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 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.
Wesley Hottot is licensed in Washington and Texas.