About Nathan Hochman

A Legacy of Service to California

Nathan Hochman is a lifelong Californian— he was born here, grew up here, went to school here, met his wife here, and raised his kids here.

Public service is in Nathan’s DNA. His father served as an Air Force Captain before serving as a federal prosecutor and leader of charitable organizations. His mother was a trailblazer her whole life, running community and non-profit groups.

After graduating magna cum laude from Brown University, earning his law degree from Stanford Law School, and clerking for a federal judge, Nathan followed in his father’s footsteps and served as an Assistant US Attorney for the Central District of California. 

A Record of Keeping Communities Safe 

Working in the Criminal Division as an Assistant US Attorney, Nathan prosecuted over a hundred cases, from going after corrupt government officials and tax evaders to narcotics traffickers and violent gang members. Nathan also ran the Environmental Crimes Section targeting air, water, and land polluters.

In the 1990s, when California was ravaged by fires, floods, and a massive earthquake, Nathan formed and spearheaded the Los Angeles Disaster Fraud Task Force.  That Task Force went after financial predators who stole relief dollars intended for those most in need. Leading 15 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, Nathan’s team brought over 70 prosecutions and recovered millions of dollars for victims.

A Fighter Against Corruption

In the midst of the global financial crisis of 2008, Nathan once again answered the call to service and was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as an Assistant Attorney General of the United States overseeing the Department of Justice’s Tax Division.

After unanimous confirmation by the United States Senate, Nathan led a team of over 350 civil, criminal and appellate lawyers, bringing cases in all 50 states.

When he returned to California, Nathan continued to fight against corruption as a Commissioner and President of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, where he held city leaders accountable for their actions. 

A Defender of Criminal Justice

As a general counsel in private practice, Nathan has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s leading criminal justice defense and tax lawyers. For over two decades, Nathan has represented victims of crimes and defended the constitutional rights of individuals and organizations against governmental overreach.

Nathan holds the unique position and balanced perspective of having served on all sides of the courtroom: as a judge’s law clerk, a prosecutor and defense attorney.

A Dedicated Community Leader

Outside of the courtroom, Nathan has given back as a dedicated community leader and volunteer. Nathan has served on numerous charitable boards including those of the Cedars Sinai Medical Center, the American Jewish University, and the Los Angeles Jewish Community Relations Committee.

Nathan has also worked with the American Wheelchair Mission personally delivering with his family over 1,000 wheelchairs to those in need in this country and throughout four continents.

For his long career serving the public’s interests, Nathan has been awarded the Attorney General’s Medal, the IRS Chief Counsel Award, the Inspector General’s Award of Excellence, the US Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance, and the Los Angeles Jewish Federation’s Bruce I. Hochman Maimonides Torch of Justice Award.