Former Federal Prosecutor Joins Akin Gump in New York

(New York, New York) – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP announced today that Robert H. Hotz Jr. has joined the firm as a partner in the firm’s litigation practice in New York. Mr. Hotz will focus on general commercial litigation and white collar defense matters.

Immediately prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. Hotz served for five years as a federal prosecutor in the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. During his tenure there, he successfully prosecuted numerous securities fraud cases involving insider trading, market manipulation and offering fraud, as well as cases involving narcotics trafficking and violent crime. Last year, Mr. Hotz was co-lead prosecutor in the high-profile securities fraud trial of micro-cap stock promoter, Allen Wolfson, who was convicted of all counts after a five-week jury trial. Most recently, Mr. Hotz was co-lead prosecutor in the successful prosecution of a Wall Street executive and a Washington, D.C., political consultant for insider trading arising out of the leak of the U.S. Treasury Department’s decision to suspend the 30-year bond.

Mr. Hotz received his B.A. cum laude in 1989 and his J.D. cum laude in 1992 from Georgetown University. He is a member of the New York Bar.

Steve Pesner, head of the firm’s New York litigation practice, stated, “Having Rob join our firm lets us once again add another experienced, high-quality trial lawyer with wide-ranging white collar and securities experience. He will fit right in here.”

Mr. Hotz added, “Akin Gump is a premier international law firm committed to providing its clients with the best legal services. I am honored to be joining the firm and working with such an extremely talented and dedicated team of lawyers. I look forward to working with my colleagues from the U.S. attorney’s office – Rich Zabel, Jim Benjamin and Doug Maynard – and to being an integral part of the firm’s growing white collar and civil practices.”

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a leading international law firm, numbers 950 lawyers in Albany, Austin, Brussels, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Riverside, Riyadh (affiliate), San Antonio, San Francisco and Washington. The firm has a diversified practice and represents regional, national and international clients in a wide range of areas, including antitrust; banking and financial institutions; capital markets; communications; corporate and securities; employee benefits; energy, land use and environment; entertainment; estate planning, wealth transfer and probate; financial restructuring; government contracts; health; insurance; intellectual property; international; investment management; labor and employment; litigation; mergers and acquisitions; privatization; project development and finance; public law and policy; real estate and finance; taxation; and technology.

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