William J. Hochul, Jr. has worked as a federal prosecutor for over twenty-five years. From the District of Columbia to Western New York, Mr. Hochul has prosecuted virtually every type of criminal case, ranging from white collar to violent crime, and was one of the first to use the federal racketeering laws to dismantle street gangs.
Following the events of September 11, 2001, Mr. Hochul focused on counter-terrorism, and served as lead prosecutor in several high-profile international terrorism cases. This includes the prosecution of the so-called “Lackawanna Six” - the first known instance of Americans training with al Qaeda - for which Mr. Hochul and others received the Department of Justice’s highest honor, the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service.
Mr. Hochul’s outside interests center upon teaching, with topics ranging from litigation to organized crime; counter-terrorism to martial arts (he is a Black Belt in Karate).
Mr. Hochul is married to former United States Congresswoman Kathy Hochul, and is the father of William III, a law student at the University of Notre Dame (Mr. Hochul’s alma mater, Class of 1981), and Caitlin, a recent graduate of Mary Washington University, who is now working in Virginia.
Mr. Hochul stated, “One of the most rewarding aspects of this job is meeting with members of the public and community groups, and targeting resources where they can be best used. People need to know someone will stand up for them when they have been wronged - my commitment to the community is that our entire staff will do just that each and every day.”