Hanni Fakhoury is a Senior Staff Attorney on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's civil liberties team, focusing on criminal law. He's represented clients in criminal and civil government investigations, argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on the constitutionality of surveillance technologies, and written numerous amicus briefs in federal and state courts throughout the country on electronic searches and cybercrime. A frequent speaker and lecturer at domestic and international legal conferences on law enforcement surveillance technologies, Hanni has a particular focus on educating and working with the criminal defense bar. In addition to speaking at numerous criminal defense legal conferences and seminars, he regularly advises other lawyers on electronic surveillance issues in criminal cases. Regularly interviewed and quoted by news media organizations, including the Associated Press, CBS Evening News, CNN, Fox News, NPR, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, his writings have been published in the New York Times, Slate and Wired.
Before joining EFF, Hanni was a federal public defender in San Diego where he handled all aspects of criminal litigation including trial and appeal. He still represents indigent federal criminal defendants on direct appeal and prisoners in post-conviction proceedings as a member of the Northern District of California's Criminal Justice Act appellate panel.
Hanni graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in political science and an honors degree in history, and received his law degree with distinction from Pacific McGeorge School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of Barristers for his excellence in written and oral advocacy.