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Wesley L. Hsu

Wesley L. Hsu

United States Attorney's Office, Central District of California
Chief, Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Wesley L. Hsu is the Chief of the Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section at the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.  Wes has prosecuted a number of “first of its kind” cases, including the first prosecution in the nation for hacking an industrial control system, the first computer hacking jury trial convictions in the Central District of California, and the first convictions in the nation under the CAN-SPAM Act.  Under Wes’s leadership, his section has led the nation in prosecuting crimes against women involving the Internet, including prosecuting a previously uncharged crime:  “sextortion.”  Wes also prosecuted the defendant who stalked ESPN reporter Erin Andrews and took surreptitious video of her in hotel rooms, and he was one of the prosecutors on the case against the defendant who hacked into the e-mail accounts of celebrities like Scarlett Johansson and who was sentenced to ten years in prison.  In 2005, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association named him one of the “Best Lawyers Under 40.”  From 2011-12, he served as the president of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association.  He has been profiled by Forbes, has been interviewed on Good Morning America and the CBS Evening News, was quoted in GQ, was featured in the Daily Journal and the Metropolitan News, and has given presentations to media, Bar associations, and law enforcement groups.  Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Wes was a litigation associate in the intellectual property group of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.  Wes teaches Cybercrimes at Loyola Law School and has also taught trial advocacy at Loyola Law School and legal writing at the University of Southern California.  He was a law clerk for the Honorable Mariana R. Pfaelzer and attended both Yale College and Yale Law School.

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