Wesley Hottot is an attorney with the Institute for Justice. He joined the Institute’s Texas Chapter in 2008 and litigated constitutional cases there until 2012, when he joined the Institute’s headquarters staff.
Wesley’s practice focuses on occupational licensing and economic liberty. He is currently lead attorney in constitutional challenges to eyebrow threading regulations in Texas and limousine and sedan regulations in Nashville, Tenn. and Portland, Ore.
Wesley’s work on economic liberty law has been cited by the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Austin American-Statesman, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, Tennessean and other print, radio and television outlets. He is the author of two reports on occupational licensing: Bureaucratic Barbed Wire: How Occupational Licensing Fences Out Texas Entrepreneurs and Houston, We Have a Problem: Space City Regulations Prevent Entrepreneurs from Taking Off.
Wesley received his law degree from the University of Washington, where he completed a judicial externship with Justice Richard Sanders of the Washington State Supreme Court and a clerkship with the Institute for Justice Washington Chapter. He was an Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia and graduated with distinction and Phi Beta Kappa.
Wesley Hottot is a member of the Texas bar.